Applies to glucagon: injection powder for solution
Along with its needed effects, glucagon may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking glucagon:
Incidence not known
Some side effects of glucagon may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Applies to glucagon: injectable powder for injection, nasal powder, subcutaneous solution
The more commonly reported adverse reactions have included nausea, vomiting, and headache; nasal and ocular symptoms including watery eyes and nasal congestion and itching have been reported with nasal administration.
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Anaphylactic reactions
Frequency not reported: Generalized allergic reactions
Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 18.3%)
Frequency not reported: Dysgeusia (nasal), parosmia (nasal)
Hypoglycemia/hypoglycemia coma have been reported in patients using this drug as a diagnostic aid, especially among those patients who have fasted.
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypoglycemia
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Hypoglycemia coma
Watery eyes, itchy eyes, and eye redness were reported when adult patients were specifically questioned if these symptoms were present; some increase in symptom severity was reported by 58.8%, 21.6%, 24.8%, respectively. Symptom worsening of watery eyes, itchy eyes, and eye redness were reported by 47.2%, 16.7%, 13.9%, of pediatric patients, respectively.
Frequency not reported: Watery eyes, itchy eyes, redness of eyes
Very common (10% or more): Nausea (up to 26.1%), vomiting (up to 15%)
Rare (less than 0.1%): Abdominal pain
Frequency not reported: Throat irritation (nasal)
Frequency not reported: Pruritus
Postmarketing reports: Necrolytic migratory erythema (with continuous glucagon infusions)
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Bradycardia, tachycardia, hypotension, hypertension
Upper respiratory tract irritation including rhinorrhea, nasal discomfort, nasal congestion, cough, and epistaxis were reported in 12.4% of adult patients in pooled studies of IM and nasal glucagon. In pediatric studies, upper respiratory tract irritation including nasal discomfort, nasal congestion, and sneezing were reported in up to 16.7% of patients. When adult patients were questioned specifically if symptoms of nasal congestion, nasal itchiness, runny nose, sneezing, or itchy throat were present and worsened 42.5%, 39.2%, 34.6%, 19.6%, and 12.4% reported some increase in symptom severity, respectively; 41.7%, 27.8%, and 25% of pediatric patients reported some increase in symptom severity of nasal congestion, nasal itchiness, and runny nose, respectively.
Very common (10% or more): Upper respiratory tract irritation (up to 16.7%)
Frequency not reported: Nasal pruritus (nasal)
Frequency not reported: Itching of ears
Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.
Source: Drugs.com Glucagon