Dextrose (By mouth)

Dextrose (DEX-trose)

Treats low blood sugar.

Brand Name(s):

Dex4, Dex4 Glucose, Discount Drug Mart Glucose, Glutol, Glutose 15, Glutose 45, Glutose 5, Good Sense Glucose, Insta-Glucose, ReliOn Glucose Drink, ReliOn Glucose Gel, ReliOn Glucose Tablets

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to dextrose. Do not give this medicine to anyone who is unconscious or not able to swallow.

How to Use This Medicine:

Gel/Jelly, Liquid, Chewable Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed. Carefully follow all of your doctor's instructions when treating low blood sugar.
  • Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
  • Gel: Twist tip off and squeeze entire contents of the tube into mouth and swallow. If no response within 15 minutes, take again another dose. If there is no response within 30 minutes, call a doctor. Do not use the medicine if tube has been opened or punctured.
  • Tablet: Chew the tablet before you swallow it. Do not use this medicine if the plastic or foil seal inside is broken.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • Missed dose: This medicine is to be used only when needed.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Nausea

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Last Updated: 11/6/2020

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