Generic Name: INSULIN LISPRO - INJECTION Pronounced: (IN-sue-lin LISS-pro) Humalog SubQ Uses
Insulin lispro is a man-made product almost identical to
human insulin that is used to treat diabetes mellitus. Like other insulin
products, it works by helping sugar (glucose) get into cells. It starts working
faster and lasts for a shorter time than regular insulin.
Insulin lispro is usually used in combination with a
medium- or long-acting insulin product injected under the skin to control high
blood sugar. In some diabetics, insulin lispro may be used alone or with oral
diabetes drugs (e.g., sulfonylureas like glyburide or
Even with diabetes, you can lead an active and healthy
life if you eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and take your insulin as
directed. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness,
nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of
diabetes may ...
For several years, I've been on Humalog (insulin lispro) with my insulin pump, after switching from Novolog (insulin aspart) because it was indeed having too long a "tail" for me to accurately calculate my doses. (The "tail" is an extremely long duration of action after the peak occurs.) I'm not the only one: Google "Novolog tail" and you'll find others with the exact same concern, especially with insulin pumps.
I've been with three different insurance plans since on the pump; the first two both covered Humalog without problem, so when my employer changed insurance plans on January first this year, I had no reason to anticipate any problem with getting my Humalog refilled by the third insurance plan.
So I imprudently let my supply of Humalog drift down to the final vial, and I've got about a week's supply left before it runs out. (Yeah, I know that's stupid - I could accidentally drop the vial and bust it, but I haven't done that yet in the four years I've been pumping. ...
I recently received the following e-mail: I'm borderline diabetic so I haven't learnt much yet about diabetes or the medication used to treat it but I am now aware of news items concerning diabetes. The other day I saw a news item that said that non-human insulin is about twice as expensive as human insulin so the NHS (I live in the UK) has advised doctors to prescribe the cheaper alternative to new cases. This worries me because I have tried to stay off insulin by losing weight etc., and now feel that my reward might be to be prescribed an inferior form of insulin when I do need it. I've heard that the human insulin increases body fat which would also reverse all my efforts and demotivate me. What is your view on this?
First, we need to clarify what "non-human" insulin you are talking about. I initially thought you meant animal-source insulin, but finding a recent news story about the NHS's concern, it appears your concern is with the recently-developed insuli...
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