Severe hypoglycemia is a medical emergency and requires immediate attentionIt is important that caregivers be trained on how to give glucagon (medication by injection) that raises blood glucose.

  • If someone is unconscious, having a seizure, or unable to safely swallow, do not try to give fast-acting carbohydrate.  The person may choke and/or food and liquid may go into the lungs.
  • Treatment for severe hypoglycemia is glucagon by injection. If you are unable to treat with glucagon, call 911 immediately.
  • Glucagon will raise blood glucose by causing the release of stored glucose from the liver and muscles.
  • Glucagon comes in an emergency kit with a syringe filled with clear liquid and a vial of powdered glucagon.