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Insulin lispro is a synthetic product almost identical to human insulin and is used to treat diabetes mellitus. It starts working faster and lasts for a shorter period of time than regular insulin.
- It is recommended you attend some type of diabetes education program to understand diabetes and the importance of meals, exercise, personal hygiene, use of other medications and getting regular eye and medical exams.
- Do not allow anyone else to use this medication.
- Insulin may be stored under refrigeration up to the expiration date noted on the package and must be discarded after that date.
- Consult your pharmacist for the storage requirements of your particular form/type of insulin, including room temperature storage options.
- Do not expose insulin to heat or sunlight.
- Do not freeze.
- HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: Insulin must be injected.
- Learn the proper way to inject insulin.
- Check the dose carefully.
- Clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol.
- Change the injection site daily to prevent skin bulges or pockets.
- Do not inject cold insulin.
- The insulin container you are currently using can be kept at room temperature.
- The length of time you can store it at room temp.
- depends on the product.
- Consult your pharmacist.
- Insulin lispro is frequently injected 10 to 15 minutes before a meal.
- Ask your pharmacist or nurse for details of injecting insulin as it varies depending on your insulin treatment plan.
- Monitor your urine or blood sugar as prescribed.
- Keep track of your results.
- This is very important in order to determine the correct insulin dose.
- Follow all of your doctor's directions carefully.
- Insulin may cause minor and usually temporary side effects such as rash, irritation or redness at the injection site.
- Inform your doctor if you experience skin rash, itching, shortness of breath, wheezing, sweating, rapid heartbeat, muscle cramps/aches or fainting while using this medication.
- Too much insulin can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
- The symptoms include cold sweat, shaking, rapid heart rate, weakness, headache, fainting.
- If you experience these symptoms, eat a quick source of sugar such as glucose (glutose, etc.) table sugar, orange juice, honey, or non-diet soda.
- Tell your doctor about the reaction.
- To help prevent hypoglycemia, eat meals on a regular schedule.
- Too little insulin can cause symptoms of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) which include confusion, drowsiness, flushing, rapid breathing, fruity breath odor or increased urination.
- If these symptoms occur contact your doctor.
- Your insulin dose needs adjustment.
- If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tell your doctor if you ever had any allergic reactions especially to beef, pork or human insulin and if you have any medical problems such as thyroid, liver or kidney disease or an infection.
- Dosage adjustments may be required when you become ill, are under stress, or when quitting smoking.
- Consult your doctor if you catch a cold or the flu, become nauseated or if your blood glucose levels are high.
- Fat deposits can occur if injection site is not rotated.
- Check your sugar readings before and after exercise.
- You may need a snack beforehand.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to breast-feed.
- Call your doctor if you should miss a dose.
- Your doctor will give you complete instructions as to what to do.
- Be aware of symptoms of high/low blood sugar.
- Before you use insulin, tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you are using especially beta-blockers (acebutolol, atenolol, betaxolol, esmolol, metoprolol, carteolol, nadolol, penbutolol, pindolol, propranolol, timolol, bisoprolol), fenfluramine, MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine), salicylates (aspirin-like compounds), dexfenfluramine, steroids (e.g., prednisone, hydrocortisone), birth control pills, sulfa antibiotics, water pills, ACE inhibitors, octreotide, isoniazid, niacin, estrogens or cold and allergy drugs and drugs that contain alcohol or sugar.
- Other medications can affect the action of insulin and can alter the results of urine tests for sugar or ketones.
- Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.