Glucagon Emergency Kit

Debe Pendice
By Debe Pendice Latest Reply 2009-11-04 22:29:09 -0600
Started 2008-12-09 21:53:04 -0600

I would like to know how many friends on this site have or carry a Glucagon Emergency kit?

39 replies

Roger1966 2009-11-04 22:29:09 -0600 Report

I do along with glucose meter, and insulin. I also let all who can assist me in time of need know what it is and how to use it.

Deb-G 2009-09-10 07:45:46 -0500 Report

I do…but I am prone to sudden onsets of severe hypoglycemia (we are not sure why I am so reactive lately)…I've experienced several grand-mal seizures…So I now carry one, have had to use it once, and I now take it everywhere! :)

ChevyThunder03 2009-09-07 12:38:17 -0500 Report

How can I get 1 of these kits I have been havin serious out of control problems with my sugar constantly bottomin out,Sometimes I'm warned more times than not I'm not. I am just now hearin about this…I have no insurance I do have a prescription card..By no means financially stable.Any guidance will be so appreciated

Auberginecow 2009-06-27 12:18:22 -0500 Report

I keep one in my purse and one in my nightstand. I'm glad this thread was here, because I really need to replace mine!

mamaoak 2009-06-07 17:32:31 -0500 Report

i carry a tube of giucon in my puers and when i go swimming i uuse a tube of iceing sugar but didi not know about the shots. thanks for this information.

GabbyPA 2009-06-07 14:36:23 -0500 Report

Do you have to have a prescription to get one? My mom is about to start insulin and she has been having low AM readings, so I worry.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-06-07 15:23:24 -0500 Report

I did Gabby. I really don't know if they sell them over the counter. I sure it needs a perscription though. I will definately have to check that out next time at Joslin. I know I always had a perscription…Debe

DaveTheCompGuy 2009-06-06 15:56:38 -0500 Report

I don't have one… I've found your typical drink box of juice is enough to catch it when I go low, my symptoms are very obvious to me. I've never passed out from a low, though I've come close.

For the last few years, I've found my best protection against lows is dating a nurse. ;-)

QueenNancy 2009-06-06 15:21:04 -0500 Report

I carry a Glucagon Emergency kit and try to 'educate' others about them. I am always surprised to find out how many people don't even know about them! Everyone seems to know about glucose tablets but don't realize there are other alternatives as well.

QueenNancy 2009-06-07 12:19:30 -0500 Report

I replace my kits annually and stay on top of the expiration dates. My physicians are awesome about giving me an appropriate quantity so that I can keep them in the car, throughout the house and in my purse. I use the old ones to demonstrate to my family on how to use them should the need arise. While I've never passed out from low sugar, I have gotten close and I have friends who are EMT's/paramedics who have responded to many calls of 'unresponsive' diabetics. By the time they are called it is often too late! If we can educate our friends and family on how to administer insulin and glucagon we are all better off! You know what they say about an 'ounce of prevention'…

Bob Moore
Bob Moore 2009-03-02 18:44:13 -0600 Report

I am one that carries a emergency kit.I have never had to use it but it is with me if I should have the need..I hope this is some help to you—Bob By the way my doctor tells me that I am a plunger So that is the reason I was advised to carru the kit.

Sandi C
Sandi C 2009-03-01 19:39:25 -0600 Report

I asked my pump tech about the kit and she said that the kit is for real drastic
measures. You can get a tube of jell at the drug stores or at Walt Mart that brings your sugar back up in an emergency. I keep them all around my house, car ,and in my purse. It is much safer than the kit and tastes good to.

momwith juvie
momwith juvie 2009-03-01 14:16:15 -0600 Report

My son has one at home,school,in the car,and i keep one in our bedroom.We have had to use it 3 times with him.I make sure we always have enough.

BeckyJ 2009-03-01 14:08:34 -0600 Report

Thank you for the reminder on this. I will be going on a trip in a couple of weeks and usually have the kit with me when I go. I completely forgot this time that my pen has expired. I've been running high so I doubt I'll need it but it's such a relief to know that it's there. I've gone as low as 20 without realizing. There one minute gone the next. My whole family has been trained on how to use it. Definately a "must have" if you run dramatically low.

QueenNancy 2009-03-01 13:45:26 -0600 Report

I, too have had one for many years. I once had a horrible low sugar event (28) and have made sure I keep one handy ever since. I have instructed my family members on how to use it and the conditions in which they would need to administer it. Also…I 'refresh' this with them whenever I get a new kit. I've never needed it, but it's good to know it's there if the situation should arise!

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-12-11 11:27:34 -0600 Report

We have one, but my son fortunately is great about feeling lows coming on. So it's not something we think about much. We usually make sure we take it if we're going on a long trip where we may have any risk of getting stranded in the middle of no where. That's about the only time we really ever think about it.

morris.js 2008-12-10 16:00:54 -0600 Report

I carry on with me at all times even though I am type 2 and do not use insulin anymore. Being as active as I am, I do run the risk of a low that I won't feel coming on. I do get lows in the 30's but usualy feel them coming on and can eat or drink something to bring my levels back up.

Aaron, keep your old expired ones and they can be used for times when you have the flu and cannot keep anything down long enough to get your BG levels back up. My doctor advised me of this. Just make sure you keep them someplace where you won't confuse them with one that is not out of date. You would not want to risk using an out dated one if you were severely low.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-10 16:44:48 -0600 Report

John, Thank you for saying to keep the expired ones. I never did, but I see where you are coming from. Good idea, Thats what I like, to try and learned something new everyday. I will add this to my list…Debe

jennifer - 27634
jennifer - 27634 2008-12-10 20:22:12 -0600 Report

i carry a kit in my purse, have one at home and at work. everyone knows where it is and how to use it. i have also held on to expired kits and they work very well in small doses when i am ill.

patti 2008-12-10 15:58:36 -0600 Report

Hi Debe,
I have one of these too I cary it with me at all times along with an epi pen. My family is aware of how to use both.

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-10 14:17:41 -0600 Report

I have one at home, and I carry one with me. Because I have "hypoglycemic unawareness", I can't tell by symtoms if my blood sugar is too low anymore. I have had to use mine a couple of times. When I was at work, I had one there, too. I typed out instructions for its' use and taped them to it, then made everyone around me aware of its' existence and the signs to watch for that I may need them to use it.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-10 14:21:07 -0600 Report

Sparrow, ever since my kidney transplant I too can't seem to catch my sugar fast enough when they are going low. I was on prednisone for over a year and that through me out of wack completely. Now being off that medication I seen to down out all the time, especially at nighttime…Debe

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-10 19:57:55 -0600 Report

Actually, I'm still on Prednisone and apparently will be forever. So my blood sugars tend to run higher in the afternoons (when the prednisone is peaking). I'm on the pump, so I have it set to give me more insulin in the afternoons. Unhappily, sometimes I get active without knowing I'm going to ahead of time, so my sugar can bottom out. But I can remember standing and talking to some people and the next thing I knew, I didn't know where I was, who I was, or anything else. No warnings whatsoever. Thankfully, there was a pharmacist near by who knew what to do with the glucagon kit I carry with me.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-10 20:28:35 -0600 Report

Your absolutely right. I go down for the count before I know its happening anymore. I use to get the sweating, or shaking or the strange feeling, but I was able to get it before it went to low. Like you now, its like I feel funny and before I can react to the feeling I am down…Debe

Anonymous 2008-12-10 14:24:19 -0600 Report

Very wise move Sparrow, it would be of no use to you if someone didn't know how to administer it. Usually if you need it you are already unable to use it on yourself. You can buy the tablets at any drugstore and they work great if you feel a low coming on.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-09 22:09:12 -0600 Report

I've been Type 2 for a number of years, but must admit that I have not heard of this. What exactly does it contain? Is it for Types 1 & 2, for those who are in jeopardy of lapsing into a coma, those who are hypoglycemic? Interesting.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-09 22:53:37 -0600 Report

Did a little research and see that it is for those who have hypoglycemia (extreme low blood sugar).

For those like me who do not know, Glucagon (GLOO-ka-gon) belongs to the group of medicines called hormones. It is an emergency medicine used to treat severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in patients with diabetes who have passed out or cannot take some form of sugar by mouth.

Glucagon is also used during x-ray tests of the stomach and bowels to improve test results by relaxing the muscles of the stomach and bowels. This also makes the testing more comfortable for the patient.

Glucagon also may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-09 22:56:44 -0600 Report

It is an important therapy for hypoglycemia. It is given as a shot just like insulin. If your blood sugar level gets so low that you pass out or can't swallow, you will need a glucagon shot. If you take insulin, your family, friends, coworkers, and exercise partners should learn how to give you a shot of glucagon. When you need glucagon, you may not be able to give it yourself. As your MD about glucogan, because you need a perscription for it…Debe

Deb-G 2009-10-29 14:58:44 -0500 Report

I use it for Hypoglycemic seizures…It is not a carb so after use you have to eat, or take some glucose to stabilize the situation…