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Glucagon Administration

Glucagon is used as a treatment for severe low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). It is also used in certain diagnostic tests. Glucagon kits contain everything needed to prepare and administer an injection. They are made by the following companies:
  • Eli Lilly and Company, sold under the name Glucagon Emergency Kit
  • Novo Nordisk, Inc., sold under the name GlucaGen® HypoKit®.
If you are at risk for dangerously low blood sugar, make sure you and those around you know how to administer glucagon and are aware of where you keep your kit. Unless you are already in a medical facility, where the drug can be given through an IV, the injection will most likely be given just under the skin (subcutaneously). Typically, the skin of a buttock, arm, or thigh is recommended.
(To learn more about the administration of this medicine, including what you should do -- and what you shouldn't do -- to get the best results, click Glucagon Dosage.)
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