Dextrose (By mouth)

Introduction

Dextrose (DEX-trose)

Treats low blood sugar.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

CVS Glucose Bits, Dex4, Discount Drug Mart Glucose, Walgreens Glucose, Albertson's Glucose Tablets, Medicine Shoppe Glucose Tablets, Leader Glucose, CVS Glucose, Publix Glucose, Target Up & Up Glucose, Dex 4, CVS/Pharmacy Glucose, Medicine Shoppe Glucose, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Glucose, Glutose

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

Do not give this medicine to anyone who is unconscious.

How to Use This Medicine

Liquid, Chewable Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you when to use this medicine, and how much to use. Carefully follow all of your doctor's instructions when treating low blood sugar.
  • Chew this tablet before you swallow it.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
  • You should not use this medicine if the plastic or foil seal inside is broken.

If a dose is missed:

  • This medicine is to be used only when needed.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

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

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • If your blood sugar gets too low, you may feel weak, drowsy, confused, anxious, or very hungry. You may also sweat, shake, or have blurred vision, a fast heartbeat, or a headache that will not go away. If you have symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), check your blood sugar. If your blood sugar is 70 mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter) or below, do one of the following: Drink 4 ounces (one-half cup) of fruit juice, or eat 5 to 6 pieces of hard candy, or take 2 to 3 glucose tablets. Recheck your blood sugar 15 minutes later. If your blood sugar goes above 70 mg/dL, eat a snack or a meal. If your blood sugar is still below 70 mg/dL, drink one-half cup juice, or eat 5 to 6 pieces of candy, or take 2 to 3 glucose tablets. Carry candy or some type of sugar with you at all times, especially if you are away from home. You can take this if you feel that your blood sugar is too low, even if you do not have a blood glucose meter. Always carefully follow your doctor's instructions about how to treat your low blood sugar. Learn what to do if your blood sugar gets too low. Teach friends, coworkers, and family members what they can do to help if you have low blood sugar.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

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

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