Each year, Diabetes Awareness Month is an important opportunity to not only ensure you have a strong diabetes management strategy in place, but also to educate those around you on the realities of living with the condition. A large part of this is staying prepared for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and severe low blood sugar emergencies, which is why it is imperative to have a dialogue with your support network on how they can help in these scenarios.
“Living with diabetes is a 24/7 balancing act with trying to manage blood sugar levels to avoid extreme highs or lows,” said Hailey Wyatt Marsh, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 11 years old and has been living with the condition for more than 20 years. “Severe swings in blood sugar levels could happen anytime, anywhere, and I think that’s the scariest part.”
Hailey’s own experiences with low blood sugar emergencies inspired her to educate others by sharing her story through Lilly’s ComeBAQ (pronounced “Comeback”) Stories, which aims to help break the silence and encourage people living with diabetes to have a rescue plan in place. By having a plan, you and your support network can feel empowered to take control in the case of a blood sugar emergency.
Keep an Open Dialogue with Your Doctor
With the rise of telemedicine and data sharing technologies, there are more ways to stay in touch with your healthcare provider and keep tabs on your diabetes management than ever before. Having a steady source of care plays an important role in keeping your diabetes management routine as effective as possible. Routine visits and an open dialogue – including about tough moments like low blood sugar emergencies – can help you and your provider understand how well you are maintaining target glucose levels while juggling daily life, allowing you to establish a routine and follow a treatment plan that best suits your needs.
That’s what Hailey did after recognizing that most of her severe lows were happening in the evenings. With her husband occasionally working nights, she needed a rescue plan in case her blood sugar levels dropped to a dangerous low, when eating or drinking carbs safely isn’t an option. After speaking with her doctor about the right emergency plan for her, she decided to be prepared with BAQSIMI® (glucagon) nasal powder 3 mg prescription, the first and only dry nasal spray that can treat very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes ages 4 years and above. 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.
Stay Prepared with a Rescue Treatment
An essential part of managing diabetes is being ready in case of a low blood sugar emergency, which can be dangerous if left untreated.1 One way to help manage these emergencies is to make sure you have easily accessible resources like snacks, a blood sugar meter, glucose tablets, and BAQSIMI as an option to treat low blood sugar emergencies. 2
Less than 48 hours after filling her first prescription for BAQSIMI, Hailey was sleeping when she had what she considers her “worst” experience with very low blood sugar. Her husband, Eric, woke to the sound of her falling out of bed and found her lying on the floor.
“Before meeting Hailey, I’d had basic first aid training from my time in the Coast Guard, but nothing that would have prepared me for a situation like this,” said Eric. “Thankfully, I had her medication handy and was able to administer it quickly, allowing her to regain consciousness before the ambulance arrived.”
Build Your Support Network
Another important piece of staying prepared is educating friends, family and co-workers about how to help in case of a low blood sugar emergency. If your blood sugar drops too low, you could be unable to treat yourself and may require the assistance of someone else.3
For Hailey, her husband isn’t the only one ready to help in case of very low blood sugar. BAQSIMI is designed to be simple to use – it comes in a pre-measured dose and is administered as a puff in the nose. She has even discussed with her neighbors what to do in case of a low blood sugar emergency, including where she keeps her medication and how to use it the right way. BAQSIMI may cause serious side effects including: High blood pressure. BAQSIMI can cause high blood pressure in certain people with tumors in their adrenal glands. Low blood sugar. BAQSIMI can cause certain people with tumors 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.
Just as Hailey’s support network has stepped up, the people around you can help in the event of a low blood sugar emergency if you educate them on when and how to assist, and where you keep your resources. “I’m lucky to have people in my life who care enough to stay up to speed and educated on managing diabetes. I hope my story can be inspiration for everyone to speak up and ask for support,” said Hailey.
What is BAQSIMI?
PURPOSE and SAFETY SUMMARY
Important Facts About BAQSIMI® (BAK-see-mee). It is also known as glucagon nasal powder.
BAQSIMI is a prescription medicine used to treat very low blood sugar (severe hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes ages 4 years and above.
It is not known if BAQSIMI is safe and effective in children under 4 years of age.
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 tumors in their adrenal glands.
Low blood sugar. BAQSIMI can cause certain people with tumors 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:
- difficulty breathing
- low blood pressure
Common side effects
The most common side effects of BAQSIMI include:
- runny nose
- discomfort in your nose
- stuffy nose
- redness in your eyes
- itchy nose, throat, and eyes
- watery eyes
These are not all the possible side effects of BAQSIMI. For more information, ask your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before getting BAQSIMI, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have a tumor in your pancreas.
- have not had food or water for a long time (prolonged fasting or starvation).
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if BAQSIMI passes into your breast milk. You and your doctor should decide if you can use BAQSIMI while breastfeeding.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
How to use
- Read the detailed Instructions for Use that comes with BAQSIMI.
- Use BAQSIMI exactly how your doctor tells you to use it.
- Make sure your caregiver knows 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.
Keep BAQSIMI and all medicines out of the reach of children.
For more information, call 1-800-545-5979 or go to www.baqsimi.com.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use BAQSIMI for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give BAQSIMI to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
This summary provides basic information about BAQSIMI but does not include all information known about this medicine. You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about BAQSIMI that is written for health professionals. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor. Be sure to talk to your doctor or other health care provider about BAQSIMI and how to take it. Your doctor is the best person to help you decide if BAQSIMI is right for you.
BAQSIMI® is a registered trademark owned or licensed by Eli Lilly and Company, its subsidiaries, or affiliates.
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- American Diabetes Association. Glycemic Targets: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes-2021 Available at: https://www.diabetes.org/healthy-living/medication-treatments/blood-glucose-testing-and-control/hypoglycemia
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