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glucagon

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by kocall, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. kocall

    kocall · Member

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    ive been reading a post on glucagon
    ive been type 1 for 14yrs & never heard of the stuff does every type 1 have this at hand should i ack my doc for some ???
     
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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Riri Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. Diabetic for 14 years too and although i know about it, no one has said I should have this to hand. I will ask GP at next visit. Am I right in thinking that partners/friends etc, need to be trained to use this if needed?
     
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    mrman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Personal choice really, advised to have if you have either severe hypos, our hypo unawareness. Usually somee fast acting sugar will do the job if you have hypo awareness.

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  5. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Yes they do Riri, what they recommend you to do is when the expiry date is up on the Glucagon Kit they can practice using the injection on something like an orange, I've never needed to use mine but its nice to know its there if an emergency arose and I couldn't treat myself.
     
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    Fetchmeacoffee Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Did Dafne last week and only found out about it then. Seems the DSN who took the course seems to think everybodies GP gives them out , or not lol.

    But yes , have one for safe keeping.
     
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    I wouldn't say it's essential, usually when you get to the point where an ambulance is called the paramedics give you a glucagon shot. Causes the liver to release the glycogen/sugar reserves out into the blood stream to get you out of the hypo. It's an intra-muscular injection which can make it a bit more tricky to give than an insulin one.

    I only got mine 2 years ago when I was having a lot of uncontrollable hypos (about 8 a day!). Also something to keep in mind although it is very rare it is possible to have an allergic reaction to glucagon injections.
     
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    ivinghoe Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have one at home and one at work ... theyd never get a paramedic easily to most of the places i work but we do have an occupational nurse and first aiders who ive told what to do... just incase
     
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    picklebean Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I had it in the house when I was a child until I went to university. At that point I wasn't living with anyone who I knew enough or trusted enough to administer it. Since then I haven't had any in the house. The times I've needed it / needed medical assistance have happened in 'non-normal' circumstances, ie - away from home and when extremely exhausted so I didn't wake up in time to treat the hypo myself.

    I live alone now so there's no point having it, but then I have much better control than I did as a child and 2000 was the last time I needed assitance from someone else.... it's something I try not to think about too much because living alone with something like this condition will scare the pants off me if I let it. :lol:
     
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    first it can be given 1 of 3 ways
    sc subcut like insulin
    im intermuscula in the mussel
    iv in to the vane

    but eather way it is very inportent that you eat somtinge with in 10 minets of having it
     
  11. sharonValerie

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    You should not give a glucagon injection into the vein, the kits are specific for leg or arm, or bum or stomach, anywhere on the body and no need to remove clothes, I have had it via IV at the hospital, it make you VOMIT INSTANTLY. I have been given it as part of a Clamp Test otherwise it is not recommended. The instructions for use are in the box. My daughter has used it following the instructions as had my mum. Having suffered severe hypoglycemia over many years Glucagon and I are very good friends. Normally only take 15 minutes to work though I have received on occasion 2 shots.
     
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