The Glucagon emergency kit is the same glucagon found in your body, which is a natural substance that raises blood sugar by causing the body to release sugar stored in the liver. Many healthcare professionals may prescribe this kit for you along with the type of insulin you have.
Sometimes you might miss a meal, exercise too much, or not eat enough food for the amount of insulin you’ve taken. Any of these situations can lead to low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia. If not treated quickly, mild or moderate low blood sugar can become very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia). In the case of very low blood sugar, you may be physically unable to eat or drink a rapid-acting source of sugar, or you may lose consciousness. You may need a glucagon injection immediately — and a friend, family member, or coworker will need to give it to you. In some cases, doctors would recommend carry this kit with out along with your insulin pens, vials and cartridges. The extra protection can be re-assuring in the case you develop severe symptoms.
To be ready ahead of time, make sure a family member or caregiver knows where you keep this medication and how to use it. Glucagon may also be used before specific X-ray procedures of the gut. It slows down the movement of the stomach, intestines, and colon, which may help make the X-ray more clear.