Insulin for Diabetes Treatment (Types, Side Effects, and Preparations) (cont.)

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Examples of short acting insulin

  • Novolin R, Humulin R (regular insulin): Supplied in a vial

Examples of intermediate acting insulin

  • Humulin N, Novolin N (NPH): Supplied in a vial, pen (Humulin N pen)

Examples of long acting insulin

  • Lantus (insulin glargine): Supplied in a vial, cartridge (OptiClick), prefilled pen (Solostar)
  • Levemir (insulin detemir): Supplied in a vial, prefilled pen (FlexPen)

For what type of diabetes is insulin prescribed?

Indications for insulin

What are the side effects of insulin?

Common and Serious Side Effects of Regular Insulin
Common Side Effects Frequency Serious Frequency
Hypoglycemia >40% Severe hypoglycemia n/a
Headache 12% to 35% Allergic reactions n/a
Flu-like symptoms 13% Anaphylaxis n/a
Weight gain 33% Hypokalemia n/a
Lipoatrophy n/a
Itching n/a
Rash n/a
Injection site reaction n/a
* n/a = not available
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2014

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