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18.03 Glucagon (GlucaGen)

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Generic Name

glucagon

Trade Name

GlucaGen

Indication

severe hypoglycemia, antidote for beta blockers and calcium channel blockers

Action

stimulates production of glucose from stores, relaxes GI tract

Therapeutic Class

hormones

Pharmacologic Class

pancreatics

Nursing Considerations

• may cause anaphylaxis
• may cause hypotension
• assess for signs of hypoglycemia, neuro status
• monitor serum glucose levels
• teach patient signs of hypoglycemia

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