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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...
Generic Name: INSULIN ASPART - INJECTION Pronounced: (IN-sue-lin AS-part) Novolog PenFill SubQ Uses
Insulin aspart 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 aspart is usually used in combination with a
medium- or long-acting insulin product injected under the skin to control high
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 also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
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Insulin aspart must be injected. Learn all p...
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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