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Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
BAQSIMI® is used to treat very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes ages 4 years and above. Glucagon is a naturally occurring hormone that works by telling your liver to bring blood sugar back up. The glucagon in BAQSIMI is the same active ingredient that has been around for decades. In a clinical study, BAQSIMI was shown to work as well as glucagon for injection to raise blood sugar in adults. BAQSIMI comes in a single dose that is the same for people age 4 years and older. BAQSIMI can be used before you pass out. It should still be given in a low blood sugar emergency even if you are passed out, because BAQSIMI does not need to be inhaled. It should be given even if your nose is congested or you have used decongestants.
Read the detailed Instructions for Use that comes with BAQSIMI. Use BAQSIMI exactly how your doctor tells you to use it. Make sure your caregivers know where you keep your BAQSIMI and how to use BAQSIMI the right way before you need their help. Your doctor will tell you how and when to use BAQSIMI. BAQSIMI contains only 1 dose of medicine and cannot be reused. BAQSIMI should be given in one side of your nose (nostril) but does not need to be inhaled. BAQSIMI will work even if you have a cold or are taking cold medicine. After giving BAQSIMI, the caregiver should call for emergency medical help right away. If the person does not respond after 15 minutes, another dose may be given, if available. Tell your doctor each time you use BAQSIMI. Store BAQSIMI at temperatures up to 86°F (30°C). Keep BAQSIMI in the shrink wrapped tube until you are ready to use it.
The active ingredient in Baqsimi (Glucagon) is glucagon. Additionally, the inactive ingredients in the nasal powder include mannitol, sodium chloride, and sodium citrate.
Do not use BAQSIMI if: you have a tumor in the gland on top of your kidneys (adrenal gland) called pheochromocytoma. you have a tumor in your pancreas called insulinoma. you are allergic to glucagon, or any other ingredient in BAQSIMI.
BAQSIMI may cause serious side effects, including High blood pressure. BAQSIMI can cause high blood pressure in certain people with tumours in their adrenal glands. Low blood sugar. BAQSIMI can cause certain people with tumours in their pancreas to have low blood sugar. Serious allergic reaction. Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you have a serious allergic reaction including, rash, difficulty breathing, or low blood pressure. The most common side effects of BAQSIMI include nausea vomiting headache runny nose discomfort in your nose stuffy nose redness in your eyes itchy nose, throat, and eyes watery eyes.