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GlucaGen Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 11/20/2015

GlucaGen (glucagon [rDNA origin] for injection) is an antihypoglycemic agent used to treat insulin coma or insulin reaction resulting from severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Common side effects of GlucaGen include nausea, vomiting, and fast heartbeat.

Inject 1 mL dose of GlucaGen (adults and children, weighing more than 55 lbs (25 kg)) or 0.5 mL (children weighing less than 55 lbs (25 kg)) subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or intravenously. If the weight is not known: children younger than 6 years should be given a 0.5 mL and children 6 years and older should be given 1 mL. GlucaGen may interact with insulin, indomethacin, beta-blockers, anticholinergic drugs, or warfarin. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter mediations and supplements you use. Many other drugs may affect your blood sugar levels. During pregnancy, GlucaGen should be used only when prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Though there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Our GlucaGen (glucagon [rDNA origin] for injection) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

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GlucaGen in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; fast or slow heartbeat; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include nausea or vomiting.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for GlucaGen (Glucagon [rDNA origin]) for Injection)

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

GlucaGen FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


Side effects may include nausea and vomiting at doses above 1 mg or with rapid injection. Hypotension has been reported up to 2 hours after administration in patients receiving GlucaGen® as premedication for upper GI endoscopy procedures. Glucagon exerts positive inotropic and chronotropic effects and may, therefore, cause tachycardia and hypertension. Adverse reactions indicating toxicity of GlucaGen® have not been reported. A temporary increase in both blood pressure and pulse rate may occur following the administration of glucagon. Patients taking beta-blockers might be expected to have a greater increase in both pulse and blood pressure, an increase of which will be temporary because of glucagon's short half-life [see DRUG INTERACTIONS]. The increase in blood pressure and pulse rate may require therapy in patients with pheochromocytoma or coronary artery disease [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Anaphylactic reactions may occur in some cases [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

The following adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of GlucaGen®. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is generally not possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Table 1: Frequency of Adverse Reactions

Treatment of severe hypoglycemia
Frequency (%) Adverse Reaction
< 10 Nausea
< 1 Vomiting
Use as a diagnostic aid
< 10 Nausea
< 1 Vomiting
< 1 Hypoglycemia
< 1 Hypoglycemic coma

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for GlucaGen (Glucagon [rDNA origin]) for Injection)

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