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October 28, 2015

Hypoglycemia, Other Medications

Question from Savannah, Georgia, USA:

For a teen who is in evolved in many activities, how many glucagon kits should he/she have? Where should they be kept? Can a doctor write a prescription for more than one kit per patient?


From: DTeam Staff

Yes, multiple prescriptions may be written for the glucagon kit. Speak with your diabetes clinician about the best plan for your teen. Check with your insurance about coverage, and pharmacy about cost, as the kits are not cheap, and that may limit the number you decide on. Ideally, you would have one at home and at school. You may have one with coach. Depending on your teen, he/she could carry with his/her other supplies and that would cover the multiple activities you mention.

Make sure you check the package for the storage temperature and keep track of the expiration dates.

And, just a reminder about the importance of having oral carbohydrate available to treat the other more common lows, as they inevitably come up. A glucose gel is great to have on hand.

Here is a good place to review Low Blood Sugar.