Insulin Human Regular (By injection)
IN-su-lin HUE-man REG-yoo-lar
Treats diabetes mellitus.
Uses of This Medicine
Insulin human regular is a short-acting type of insulin. Insulin is used by people with diabetes to help keep blood sugar levels under control. If you have diabetes, your body cannot make enough or does not use insulin properly. So, you must take additional insulin to regulate your blood sugar and keep your body healthy. This is very important as too much sugar in your blood can be harmful to your health.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
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How To Use
Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
A healthcare provider should also teach you how to give insulin shots. Make sure you understand how to use the medicine and give yourself the shots.
IV: A nurse or other trained health professional may give you this medicine into a vein if you are in the hospital.
When you get a new supply of insulin, check the label to be sure it is the correct type of insulin. Do not change the brand of your insulin unless your doctor tells you to.
Humulin® R Concentrated U-500: Be very careful when you measure the dose. This form has more medicine in the same amount of solution than the U-100 form of insulin. You will need to use less of the solution for each dose. You should eat a meal within 30 minutes of injecting this insulin.
You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.
Use only syringes that are specially made for insulin. It is best to always use the same brand and type of syringe. Ask your pharmacist if you are not sure which kind of syringe you should use.
Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
If you are using a reusable syringe, you must sterilize it before each dose. Follow the sterilizing directions that come with your syringes.
The insulin should look clear and colorless. Do not use if it is cloudy or thickened.
If a dose is missed:
Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
Store the opened vial of insulin in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. If you cannot keep your insulin in the refrigerator, you may store it at room temperature for up to 31 days. Keep the vial as cool as possible and away from heat and light.
Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, containers, and other supplies. Throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can change the amount of insulin you need to use and make it harder for you to control your diabetes. Make sure your doctor knows about all other medicines you are using.
Make sure your doctor knows if you are using aspirin, clonidine (Catapres®), danazol (Danocrine®), disopyramide (Norpace®), fluoxetine (Prozac®), guanethidine (Ismelin®), isoniazid (Nydrazid®), lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®), niacin (vitamin B3), octreotide (Sandostatin®), pentamidine (NebuPent®), reserpine, a phenothiazine medicine (such as promethazine, Phenergan®, Thorazine®), pramlintide (Symlin®), salbutamol (Ventolin®), somatropin (Nutropin®), terbutaline (Bricanyl®), thyroid medicine, or birth control pills. Tell your doctor if you are also using a sulfa drug (Bactrim® or Septra®), a steroid (such as dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone, Medrol®), an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®), blood pressure medicine (such as atenolol, benazepril, enalapril, lisinopril, metoprolol, propranolol, Bystolic®, Lotrel®, Tenormin®, Vasotec®, Zestoretic®, Zestril®), or medicine to lower cholesterol (such as gemfibrozil, fenofibrate, Lopid®, Tricor®).
Do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol.
When Not To Use
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to regular human insulin. Do not use this medicine while your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia).
You may have to use this insulin in combination with another type of insulin or with oral diabetes medicine to keep your blood sugar under control.
You might sometimes have high blood sugar if you miss a dose, do not take enough insulin, overeat or do not follow your meal plan, or do not exercise as much as usual.
The use of insulin together with oral diabetes medicines called TZDs (thiazolidinediones) can cause your body to retain too much water. This could make congestive heart failure worse, or it could lead to heart failure. Call your doctor if you have trouble breathing, rapid weight gain, or swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Fast or pounding heartbeat, sweating
Rapid weight gain, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
Urinating more or more often than normal
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Blurred vision or trouble seeing
Redness, itching, swelling, or any changes in your skin where the shot is given
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Humulin R, Humulin R Concentrated U-500, Humulin R U-100, Novolin R, Relion Novolin R
There may be other brand names for this medicine.