Insulin nomenclature is clearly confusing. Among other reasons:
The same product may have several different names; the names may be different in the U.S. compared to other countries; the same product may be made by several manufacturers and given differing names.
The product may be from different sources (previously all insulin came from animal pancreases: beef, pork, or mixed beef/pork; but now-a-days, insulins usually are semisynthetic human).
Insulins are classified by duration of action, as being rapid, intermediate, and prolonged.
Several manufacturers may also mix two insulin products into the same vial, producing mixtures of 70% one and 30% another, or 50/50. To make it worse, what the US calls 70/30 would be called 30/70 in Europe! And in the US, 70/30, 75/25, and 50/50 are the usual mixtures, but in Europe there will be others such as 80/20 (oops, 20/80).
Some of the "big players" in the insulin arena are described below. I give the U.S. brand name first, then common na...
If you forgot to test, you’re in good company. It seems that the scientific researchers whom you rely on for your professional guidance on diabetes made the same mistake. When they tested the short-acting insulins, they forgot that the great majority of us with type 2 diabetes carry around too much weight. This awful report just came out in a late-breaking abstract presented at the American Diabetes Association’s scientific sessions in Chicago . Dr. Jean L. Ardilouze, a professor of medicine at University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, and three colleagues presented “In Obese Subjects with Type 2 Diabetes, Are Short Acting Insulin Analogues That Short?” Their conclusion was this: In healthy normal weight subjects, our results reproduced data accepted and used in daily practice for insulin prescriptions. However, in a population of obese subjects with type 2 diabetes, we show for the first time that plasma levels of short-acting insulins are blunted, at low dosage, and severely delay...
Generic Name: INSULIN ASPART PROTAMINE/INSULIN ASPART -
INJECTION Pronounced: (IN-sue-lin AS-part PRO-tah-meen/ IN-sue-lin AS-part) Novolog Mix 70-30 SubQ Uses
Insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart is used along with
a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar. It is used in
people with type 1 (insulin-dependent) or type 2 (non-insulin-dependent)
diabetes. This product is a combination of two man-made insulins:
intermediate-acting insulin aspart protamine and rapid-acting insulin aspart.
This combination starts working faster and lasts for a longer time than regular
Insulin is a natural substance that allows the body to
properly use sugar from the diet. It replaces the insulin that your body no
longer produces, thereby lowering your blood sugar. Controlling high blood
sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs,
and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may als...
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