Glucagon Drug Interactions
Some of the medicines that can interfere with glucagon include atenolol, propranolol, and warfarin. Drug interactions with glucagon can increase your risk of complications, such as bleeding or an increased heart rate. They could also reduce the effectiveness of glucagon. To reduce your risk of these and other problems, tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
An Overview of Interactions With GlucagonGlucagon can potentially react with other medications. Some of the drugs that may interact with glucagon include:
- Beta blockers, such as:
- Acebutolol (Sectral®)
- Atenolol (Tenormin®)
- Betaxolol (Kerlone®)
- Bisoprolol (Zebeta®)
- Carvedilol (Coreg®, Coreg CR®)
- Esmolol (Brevibloc®)
- Labetalol (Trandate®)
- Metoprolol (Lopressor®, Toprol-XL®)
- Nadolol (Corgard®)
- Nebivolol (Bystolic®)
- Penbutolol (Levatol®)
- Propranolol (Inderal®, Inderal® LA, InnoPran XL™)
- Sotalol (Betapace®)
The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when glucagon is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Beta blockers may reduce the ability of glucagon to increase blood sugar. Also, glucagon can sometimes increase heart rate and blood pressure in people taking beta blockers. In general, this interaction is not a reason to avoid using these drugs together, however, as these effects are far less serious than the effects of dangerously low blood sugar.