Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Glucagon injection is an emergency medicine and must be used only as directed by your doctor. Make sure that you and a member of your family or a friend understand exactly when and how to use this medicine before it is needed.

A nurse or other trained health professional may give you Gvoke®. You may also be taught how to give your medicine at home. This medicine is given as a shot under the skin of your stomach, thigh, or upper arm.

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you GlucaGen® as a diagnostic aid during X-ray tests of the stomach and bowels. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or into a vein.

This medicine comes with patient instructions together with the kit provided with the package. Read and follow the instructions carefully and ask your doctor if you have any questions.

Gvoke® is available as autoinjector (HypoPen), prefilled syringe, or vial and syringe kit.

Check the liquid in the autoinjector, syringe, or vial. It should be clear and colorless to pale yellow. Do not use it if it is cloudy, discolored, or has particles in it.

Call for emergency medical help right after receiving this medicine.

Drink a fast-acting source of sugar such as a regular soft drink or fruit juice, and eat a long-acting source of sugar (including crackers and cheese or a meat sandwich) as soon as you are able to swallow.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • As an emergency treatment for severe hypoglycemia:
    • For injection dosage form (powder for solution):
      • Adults and children 6 years and older and weighing 25 kilograms (kg) or more—1 milliliter (mL) injected under your skin, into a muscle, or into a vein. The dose may be repeated while waiting for emergency assistance.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age and weighing less than 25 kg—0.5 mL injected under your skin, into a muscle, or into a vein.
    • For injection dosage forms (autoinjector or prefilled syringe):
      • Adults and children 12 years of age and older—1 milligram (mg) or 0.2 milliliter (mL) injected under your skin. An additional dose of 1 mg or 0.2 mL may be repeated if there has been no response after 15 minutes while waiting for emergency assistance.
      • Children 2 to 11 years of age and weighing 45 kg or more—1 mg or 0.2 mL injected under your skin. An additional dose may be repeated if there has been no response after 15 minutes while waiting for emergency assistance.
      • Children 2 to 11 years of age and weighing less than 45 kg—0.5 mg or 0.1 mL injected under your skin. An additional dose may be repeated if there has been no response after 15 minutes while waiting for emergency assistance.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep your medicine and supplies in the original packages until you are ready to use them. Throw away any unused mixed medicine.