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Glucagon Auto-Injector 5 mg/mL (0.1 mL), 2 mL)

For low blood sugar.

Brand Name(s): Gvoke

Generic Name: Glucagon

Instructions

Instructions

This medicine is injected into the skin. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist where on your body this medicine can be injected and how to inject it.

Always inspect the medicine before using.

The liquid should be clear or light yellow.

Do not use the medicine if it contains any particles or if it has changed color.

Keep medicine at room temperature. Protect from light.

Do not freeze the medicine.

Do not remove protective outer wrap until ready to use.

Never use any medicine that has expired.

Discard any remaining medicine after your dose is given.

Please ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist how to discard unused medicines safely.

This medicine should only be used by a person who has been trained to recognize when and how it should be used.

Only use this medicine if the patient is unable to eat, unconscious, or having a seizure. Otherwise give juice, candy or glucose tablets by mouth to treat low blood sugar.

If a patient is unconscious, turn them on their side to prevent choking.

Once fully awake and able to swallow, the patient should eat or drink to increase blood sugar levels.

If the patient does not awaken within 15 minutes of using the medicine, give a second dose. Seek immediate medical care.

Family, friends, and coworkers should all learn how to give this medicine to the patient.

Do not inject through clothing.

Drug interactions can change how medicines work or increase risk for side effects. Tell your health care providers about all medicines taken. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal medicines. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist before starting or stopping any medicine.

Symptoms of low blood sugar may include nausea, shaking, sweating, cold skin, fast heartbeat, hunger, and irritability.

Check the medicine once a month, and replace it before it expires.

Keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Cautions

It is very important that you always have this medicine with you in case you need to use it. DO NOT leave it at home.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine.

Patients with very low blood sugar may become very confused, lose consciousness, or have seizures.

Monitor your blood sugar as instructed by your doctor.

Do not use the medication any more than instructed.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not operate machinery or drive while on this medicine.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Always carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet showing that you are diabetic.

Ask your pharmacist how to properly throw away used needles or syringes.

Do not share this medicine with anyone who has not been prescribed this medicine.

Side Effects

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • pain, redness, swelling near injection
  • nausea and vomiting

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • fast or irregular heart beats

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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