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Brand name: Glucagen Hypokit TM

Active ingredients: glucagon hydrochloride

What it is used for

Therapeutic: Treatment of severe hypoglycaemic reactions which may occur in the management of diabetic patients receiving insulin or oral hypoglycaemic agents. To prevent the occurrence of secondary hypoglycaemia, oral carbohydrate should be given to restore the hepatic glycogen when the patient has responded to the treatment. The mechanism and hence treatment of sulfonylurea-induced hypoglycaemia differs from that of severe insulin-induced hypoglycaemia in some important ways. Consciousness should preferably be restored by the administration of intravenous glucose. If glucagon is used due to the unavailability of intravenous glucose (e.g. before reaching a hospital) care should be taken to protect against secondary hypoglycaemia with constant monitoring of the patient's blood sugar level by medical personnel. Subsequent administration of intravenous glucose may be required.,Diagnostic: Motility inhibitor in examinations of the gastrointestinal tract in adults, e.g. double contrast radiography and endoscopy.

How to take it

This medicine is a pack that contains more than one part.

Part 1: Diluent, not applicable

Clear colourless liquid

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

Part 2: Injection, powder for

White powder to be recontituted with the clear colourless liquid supplied.

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Storage instructions

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Do not Freeze
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

Do I need a prescription?

The packs below are available from a pharmacy without prescription. It is Schedule 3 : Pharmacist Only Medicine.

  • vial of powder - 1mg pack

We are unable to tell you if you need a prescription for these medicines. You can ask your pharmacist. This medicine is Not Scheduled.

  • syringe of water - 1.1mL pack

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on September 1, 2020. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient glucagon hydrochloride

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Download leaflet

For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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