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What is glucagon?

Glucagon is a hormone naturally produced by the pancreas. As a prescription drug, glucagon treats hypoglycemia and insulin coma due to severely low blood sugar. It is sometimes used in diagnosing disorders of the digestive organs. It is administered by injection beneath the skin, into a muscle or vein. It comes in powder or liquid forms to be mixed right before the dose is administered. Glucagon should be administered as soon as a severe low blood sugar episode is recognized.
Glucagon is a hormone produced by the alpha cells in the pancreas that raises blood glucose levels. An injectable form of glucagon, available by prescription, may be used to treat severe hypoglycemia. Glucagon will not work on people with type 2 diabetes or someone who has no glucose stored in the liver, which can occur in cases of starvation, chronic hypoglycemia, or in people who struggle with alcoholism.

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