- What is insulin, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for insulin?
- Do I need a prescription for insulin?
- What are the uses for insulin?
- What are the side effects of insulin?
- What is the dosage for insulin?
- Is insulin safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about insulin?
Is insulin safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- Insulin is the drug of choice for controlling diabetes during pregnancy, that is, it is preferred over oral drugs to reduce blood sugar. NPH, insulin aspart, insulin detemir, and insulin lispro also are used during pregnancy.
- Insulins are considered safe to use by nursing mothers.
What else should I know about insulin?
How should I keep insulin stored?
- Unopened insulin should be stored between 2 C and 8 C (36 F and 46 F); it should not be placed in a freezer.
- Insulin vials that are being used can be kept at room temperature for up to a month.
- All vials should be protected from sunlight and excessive heat.
- Unused insulin should be thrown away after the expiration date.
- The vials should never be shaken.
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
Quick GuideType 2 Diabetes Diagnosis, Treatment, Medication
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