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Glucagon Dosing

Glucagon is a hormone naturally found in humans. When given as a medication, it is used primarily to increase blood glucose when a person's blood sugar has become dangerously low.
 
Dosing with glucagon is based on two main factors:
 
  • Your age
  • Your weight (for children).
     
A person's dosage will most often be injected just below the skin (subcutaneously), although a trained healthcare professional may inject it into a vein or a muscle. The standard recommended dose for an adult is 1 mg (1 unit).
 
When in doubt, do not worry about giving too much glucagon. The risks from an overdose are minimal, compared to the risks from untreated low blood sugar. Keep in mind that glucagon won't work if the liver is deprived of glycogen, such as in cases of starvation or fasting.
 
(To read the full eMedTV article on this topic, click Glucagon Dosage. This resource covers the dosing guidelines in more detail, including guidelines when using glucagon for other purposes, and explains what to do if you have any questions.)
 
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