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Insulin Aspart Protamine and Insulin Aspart
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Insulin Aspart Protamine and Insulin Aspart Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

NovoLog® Mix 70/30

Canadian Brand Names

NovoMix® 30

Pharmacologic Category

Antidiabetic Agent, Insulin

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to insulin or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have low blood sugar.

How does it work?

• Insulin is a hormone necessary for the body's use of food. Type 1 diabetics have no insulin of their own and require complete replacement. Type 2 diabetics still make insulin, but may need more.

How is it best taken?

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.

• Do not use expired insulin.

• Do not mix this insulin in the same syringe with other types of insulin.

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• Take this medicine 15 minutes before or right after a meal.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

• Follow diet plan and exercise program as recommended by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood sugar as directed by healthcare provider.

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Have a yearly eye exam and visit to the foot doctor.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store unopened containers in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

• May store opened vials at room temperature or in refrigerator. If stored at room temperature, throw away any unused portion after 1 month.

• Store opened pens at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion after 2 weeks.

• Protect opened containers from heat.

• Protect opened containers from light.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 13:15:53.0

Modified: 2010-08-04 08:52:52.0

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