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U.S. Brand Names
Canadian Brand Names
Mexican Brand Names
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.
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.
• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
• Take this medicine 5 to 10 minutes before 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 cartridges at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion after 1 month.
• Protect opened containers from heat.
• Protect opened containers from light.
• 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: 2005-11-28 15:38:33.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:22:07.0
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