Educational Downloads

The educational materials available here for download provide helpful information about managing type 2 diabetes and starting or using mealtime insulin.

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Who should use glucagon?

Glucagon is a treatment for insulin coma or insulin reaction resulting from severe low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

What is some select safety information I should know about glucagon?

Glucagon should not be used if you have pheochromocytoma or if you are allergic to glucagon. Make sure you tell your healthcare provider if you have been diagnosed with or have been suspected of having an insulinoma as glucagon should be used cautiously in this situation.

You and anyone who may need to help you during an emergency should become familiar with how to use glucagon before an emergency arises. Read the Information for the User provided in the kit.

Make sure that your relatives or close friends know that if you become unconscious, medical assistance must always be sought. If you are unconscious, glucagon can be given while awaiting medical assistance. Warning: You may be in a coma from severe hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) rather than hypoglycemia. In such a case, you will not respond to glucagon and require immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Click here for additional Important Safety Information for glucagon.

Learning about mealtime insulin

Your Mealtime Profile
Your Mealtime Profile
By filling out the Mealtime Profile, you and your healthcare provider can understand what happens to your blood sugar (glucose) when you eat. This will help you both work together to figure out a treatment plan that fits into your day.

Starting on mealtime insulin

Small Steps: You’re on Your Way
Small Steps: You’re on Your Way
This guide can help you learn about some of the basics of mealtime insulin. It may take a little while for using mealtime insulin to feel routine, but knowing the basics can help you get off to a good start.
Small Steps: Getting the Routine Down
Small Steps: Getting the Routine Down
Find injection information, including instructions for using Humalog® KwikPen and a syringe in this educational guide. Learning how to inject is another small step toward finding your rhythm for living with mealtime insulin.
Small Steps Daily Journal
Small Steps: Daily Journal
Use this journal to record the food you eat and your blood sugar levels. Then, take it with you to visits with your healthcare providers.

Healthy eating

Small Steps: Eat Well, Eat Healthy
Small Steps: Eat Well, Eat Healthy
Eating well with type 2 diabetes has a lot to do with finding the right balance and making healthier food choices. This guide can help by providing you with tips for estimating portion sizes and ways to modify the foods you love so you can still include them in your meal plan.
Daily Meal Planning Guide
Daily Meal Planning Guide
Good nutrition is important. Eating balanced meals can help manage blood sugar. This meal planning guide is a way to begin making smart food choices.
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My Carbohydrate Guide
My Carbohydrate Guide
This guide can help you understand what you need to know about carbohydrates, which foods contain carbohydrates, how to estimate portion sizes, and how to make healthy eating a reality in your everyday life.
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General diabetes management

Self-Care Diary
Self-Care Diary
By making regular, daily entries in this diary, including your blood sugar and A1C results, you’ll be an active partner in managing your diabetes.

Who should use Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, or Humalog Mix50/50?

Humalog is used to treat people with diabetes for the control of blood sugar. Humalog Mix75/25 and Humalog Mix50/50 are used to treat adults with diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. These insulins contain 100 units per mL.

Humalog is used to treat people with diabetes for the control of blood sugar. Humalog Mix75/25 (75% insulin lispro protamine suspension, 25% insulin lispro injection [rDNA origin]), and Humalog Mix50/50 (50% insulin lispro protamine suspension, 50% insulin lispro injection [rDNA origin]) are used to treat adults with diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. These insulins contain 100 units per mL.

What is some select safety Information I should know about Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50?

  • Do not take Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, or Humalog Mix50/50 if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or if you are allergic to insulin lispro or any of the ingredients in these insulins.
  • Do not change the insulin you use without talking to your healthcare provider.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is a possible side effect of Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50 that may be severe and cause unconsciousness (passing out), seizures, and death. Test your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider instructs.
  • Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50 start working faster than other insulins that contain regular human insulin and should be taken within fifteen minutes before eating. Humalog can also be taken right after eating a meal.

Important Safety Information for Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50

What is the most important information I should know about Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50?

  • Do not change the insulin you use without talking to your healthcare provider. Doses of oral antidiabetic medicines may also need to change if your insulin is changed.
  • Test your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider instructs.
  • When used in a pump, do not mix Humalog with any other insulin or liquid. Never use Humalog Mix75/25 or Humalog Mix50/50 in a pump.

Who should not take Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, or Humalog Mix50/50?

  • Do not take these insulins if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or if you are allergic to insulin lispro or any of the ingredients in these insulins.

Before using Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, or Humalog Mix50/50, what should I tell my healthcare providers?

Tell your healthcare providers:

  • About all of your medical conditions, including liver, kidney, or heart problems.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • About all the medicines you take, including prescription (especially ones commonly called TZDs [thiazolidinediones]) and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How should I use Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, or Humalog Mix50/50?

  • These insulins start working faster than other insulins that contain regular human insulin. You should take Humalog within fifteen minutes before eating or right after eating a meal. You should take Humalog Mix75/25 and Humalog Mix50/50 within fifteen minutes before eating.
  • Always make sure that you receive the correct type of insulin from the pharmacy.
  • Do not use Humalog if it is cloudy, colored, or has solid particles or clumps in it.
  • Do not use Humalog Mix75/25 or Humalog Mix50/50 if they have solid particles or clumps in them. Humalog Mix75/25 and Humalog Mix50/50 should be mixed carefully before each use and should be cloudy or milky after mixing.
  • Do not mix Humalog with insulin other than NPH when using a syringe. Do not mix or dilute Humalog when used in a pump.
  • Never mix Humalog Mix75/25 or Humalog Mix50/50 in the same syringe with other insulin products. Never use Humalog Mix75/25 or Humalog Mix50/50 in a pump.
  • Inject your insulin under your skin (subcutaneously). Never inject into a vein or muscle. Change (rotate) your injection site with each dose. Make sure you inject the correct insulin and dose.
  • Depending on the type of diabetes you have, you may need to take Humalog with a longer-acting insulin or with oral antidiabetic medications.
  • If you forget to take your insulin, your blood sugar may go too high (hyperglycemia), which can lead to serious problems like loss of consciousness (passing out), coma, or even death.
  • Your insulin dose may need to change because of illness, stress, other medicines you take, change in diet, or change in physical activity or exercise.

What are the possible side effects of Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, or Humalog Mix50/50?

  • Low blood sugar is the most common side effect. There are many causes of low blood sugar, including taking too much insulin. It is important to treat it quickly. You can treat mild to moderate low blood sugar by drinking or eating a quick source of sugar right away. If severe, low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness (passing out), seizures, and death. Symptoms may be different for each person. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about low blood sugar symptoms and treatment.
  • Severe life-threatening allergic reactions (whole-body reactions) can happen. Get medical help right away if you develop a rash over your whole body, have trouble breathing, have a fast heartbeat, or are sweating.
  • Reactions at the injection site (local allergic reaction) such as redness, swelling, and itching can happen. If you keep having skin reactions or they are serious, talk to your healthcare provider. Do not inject insulin into a skin area that is red, swollen, or itchy.
  • Skin may thicken or pit at the injection site (lipodystrophy). Do not inject insulin into skin with these types of changes.
  • Other side effects include low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia) and weight gain.
  • Serious side effects can include:
    • -swelling of your hands and feet
    • -heart failure when taking certain pills called thiazolidinediones or "TZDs" with Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, or Humalog Mix50/50. This may occur in some people even if they have not had heart problems before. Tell your healthcare provider if you have shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet, or sudden weight gain, which may be symptoms of heart failure. Your healthcare provider may need to adjust or stop your treatment with TZDs, Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, or Humalog Mix50/50.
  • These are not all of the possible side effects. Ask your healthcare providers for more information or for medical advice about side effects.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50?

  • Unopened Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50 should be stored in a refrigerator and can be used until the expiration date on the carton or label.
  • Insulin should be stored away from light and heat. Do not use insulin if it has been frozen.
  • Opened vials should be kept at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Opened cartridges or prefilled pens should be kept at room temperature.
  • Once opened, Humalog vials, prefilled pens, and cartridges should be thrown away after 28 days.
  • Once opened, Humalog Mix75/25 and Humalog Mix50/50 vials should be thrown away after 28 days. Opened Humalog Mix75/25 and Humalog Mix50/50 prefilled pens should be thrown away after 10 days.

Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50 are available by prescription only.

For additional information, talk to your healthcare providers and please click to access Full Prescribing Information for Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50, and Patient Prescribing Information for Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and Humalog Mix50/50.

Please see Instructions for Use that accompany your pen.

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Important Safety Information for Glucagon

What is the most important information I should know about glucagon?

  • Glucagon should not be used if you have pheochromocytoma or if you are allergic to glucagon.
  • Make sure you tell your healthcare provider if you have been diagnosed with or have been suspected of having an insulinoma as glucagon should be used cautiously in this situation.
  • You and anyone who may need to help you during an emergency should become familiar with how to use glucagon before an emergency arises. Read the Information for the User provided in the kit.
  • Make sure that your relatives or close friends know that if you become unconscious, medical assistance must always be sought. If you are unconscious, glucagon can be given while awaiting medical assistance.
  • Do not use the kit after the date stamped on the bottle label.
  • If you have questions concerning the use of this product, consult a doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

WARNING: YOU MAY BE IN A COMA FROM SEVERE HYPERGLYCEMIA (HIGH BLOOD GLUCOSE) RATHER THAN HYPOGLYCEMIA. IN SUCH A CASE, YOU WILL NOT RESPOND TO GLUCAGON AND REQUIRE IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.

Who should not use glucagon?

Glucagon should not be used if you have pheochromocytoma or if you are allergic to glucagon.

What should I tell my doctor before taking glucagon?

Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions and prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Tell your doctor if you have been diagnosed with or have been suspected of having pheochromocytoma or an insulinoma.

How should I use glucagon?

  • Act quickly. Prolonged unconsciousness may be harmful.
  • Make sure your family and friends know to turn you on your side to prevent choking if you are unconscious.
  • The contents of the syringe are inactive and must be mixed with the glucagon in the accompanying bottle immediately before giving injection. Do not prepare Glucagon for Injection until you are ready to use it.
  • Glucagon should not be used unless the solution is clear and of a water-like consistency.
  • The usual adult dose is 1 mg (1 unit). For children weighing less than 44 lb (20 kg), give 1/2 adult dose (0.5 mg). For children, withdraw 1/2 of the solution from the bottle (0.5 mg mark on syringe). Discard unused portion.
  • You should eat as soon as you awaken and are able to swallow. Inform a doctor or emergency services immediately.

What is some important Information I should know about Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)?

  • Early symptoms of low blood sugar include: sweating, drowsiness, dizziness, sleep disturbances, palpitation, anxiety, tremor, blurred vision, hunger, slurred speech, restlessness, depressed mood, tingling in the hands, feet, lips, or tongue, irritability, lightheadedness, abnormal behavior, inability to concentrate, unsteady movement, headache, and personality changes. These symptoms may be different for each person and can happen suddenly.
  • If your low blood sugar is not treated, you may progress to severe low blood sugar that can include: disorientation, seizures, unconsciousness, and death.
  • Low blood sugar symptoms should be treated with a quick source of sugar which should always be carried with you. If you do not improve or you are unable to take a quick source of sugar, you should be treated with glucagon or with intravenous glucose at a medical facility.

What are the possible side effects of glucagon?

  • Severe side effects are very rare, although nausea and vomiting may occur occasionally.
  • A few people may be allergic to glucagon or to one of the inactive ingredients in glucagon, or may experience rapid heart beat for a short while.
  • If you experience any other reactions which are likely to have been caused by glucagon, please contact your doctor.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of Prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store glucagon?

  • Before dissolving glucagon with diluting solution, store the kit at controlled room temperature between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
  • After dissolving glucagon with diluting solution, use immediately. Discard any unused portion. Glucagon should be clear and of a water-like consistency at time of use.

For more safety information, please click to access Information for the User and Information for the Physician.

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