What are the side effects of insulin?
|Common Side Effects||Frequency||Serious||Frequency|
|Headache||12% to 35%||Allergic reactions||n/a|
|Injection site reaction||n/a|
|* n/a = not available|
What is the dosage and how is insulin administrated?
Dosage and Administration of insulin
- A meal should be consumed within 30 minutes after administering regular insulin
- Insulin usually is administered by subcutaneous injection into the abdominal wall, thigh, buttocks (gluteal region), or upper arm. Injection sites should be rotated within the same region.
- Some insulins (for example, regular insulin) also may be administered intravenously.
- The dose is individualized for each patient.
- A combination of short or rapid acting and intermediate or long acting insulin typically are used
- Some patients may develop resistance to insulin and require increasing doses.
- Multiple daily insulin injections or continuous subcutaneous infusions via a pump closely mimic pancreatic insulin secretion.
- Insulin sliding scales (doses of insulin that are based on the glucose level ) may be used for managing critically ill hospitalized patients.
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