My Cravings Navigator

Healthy eating is an important part of managing your diabetes. But sometimes, you might find yourself in a situation where your healthy choices are limited. For example, maybe you're at a barbecue and burgers are all that are or on the menu or you're at a birthday party where cake is all that's being served. My Food Navigator can help you learn how to handle these situations when certain foods can't be avoided, so balanced eating can still fit into the rhythm of your life.

Why what you eat matters

When you eat, your blood sugar (glucose) goes up. And carbohydrates (carbs) have the biggest effect on your blood sugar. When you have type 2 diabetes, your blood sugar can stay too high for too long after you eat carbs, especially if you eat too many of them. Calories, fat, and sodium can also be bad for you if you eat them in excess. Knowing what's in the foods you eat can help you make appropriate choices.

My Food Navigator is meant to provide general recommendations only. Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian before making any changes to your diet and to determine what and how much you should be eating. To know how different foods affect your blood sugar, always check your blood sugar levels as instructed by your healthcare provider.

While it's always best to make healthy choices, these foods might be hard to avoid in some situations. Learn how to make balanced choices, even when your options are limited.

Choose a food to get started.

  • I want a Donut

    On some mornings, you might be too busy for breakfast before heading off to work. And when your stomach starts growling, it might be hard to avoid the box of donuts in the break room when you don't have any other choices.

    • Know your portion and count the carbs (donuts come in lots of sizes and carb counts)
    • Be sure you're sticking to the carb guidelines recommended by your healthcare provider
    • Consider splitting a donut with a coworker or saving some for later to cut down on carbs

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Donut
    If you find yourself skipping breakfast at home, plan ahead by keeping instant oatmeal packets in your desk or cereal bars in your car or purse. These are healthier options than a donut and are quick to prepare.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want a Chocolate

    If you're in an afternoon slump and a piece of chocolate is the only pick-me-up you can find, portion control is key.

    • Chocolate is high in fat and calories,
      so enjoy it in moderation and
      in small amounts (1 ounce)
    • 1 ounce of chocolate is about 8 rectangles
      of a thin milk chocolate bar
    • A snack should be about 15–30 grams
      of carbs and a mix of fat, carbs,
      and protein

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Chocolate
    A small apple and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter is a healthy snack that provides a balance of carbs, protein, and fat. It's a better option than chocolate for curbing your afternoon hunger.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want Potato Chips

    Potato chips show up at parties, picnics, potlucks—you name it. When your other choices
    are limited, keep your entire meal (including appetizers) in perspective to make sure you don't
    go overboard.

    • Count how many carbs are in your portion of chips (1 ounce is about 15 chips)
    • Take a look at what else is on your plate and count any other carbs
    • If you're over your carb limit, give up some of the carbs

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Potato Chips
    If you're going to a social gathering, take a veggie tray with low-fat dip (such as hummus). Veggies provide nutrients you won't get from chips and are a much healthier choice.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want Macaroni and Cheese

    At a holiday dinner, macaroni and cheese might be a family tradition that no one is allowed to refuse. When it can't be avoided, you can still make smart choices.

    • Stick to a small portion and count up the carbs
    • Keep an eye on the rest of your plate and make sure your overall carb total is on target
    • Don't forget that appetizers and dessert count toward your carb total
    • Always opt for a healthier carb when you can, like a serving of brown rice or a whole-grain dinner roll

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Macaroni and Cheese
    Start a new tradition by making your own mac and cheese. Cut down on salt and use healthier ingredients (like reduced-fat cheese, skim milk, and whole-wheat macaroni noodles) to reduce fat, calories, carbs, and sodium.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want aCheeseburger

    Sometimes, you might find yourself at a backyard barbecue where burgers are the only choice on the menu. In these situations, you'll need to know how to build your burger so you don't overdo it.

    • Skip toppings that add extra fat and sodium (like mayo, bacon,
      and regular cheese)
    • Stick to a single
      patty (don't
      double up)
    • To cut down on
      carbs, wrap your burger in lettuce and skip the bun

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Cheeseburger
    For a healthier choice, try a turkey burger. Ground turkey has about 50% less sodium than ground beef. A grilled chicken breast is another lower-fat option to consider.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want Pancakes

    If you're at a pancake breakfast, pancakes might be hard to avoid. And you might not have any other carb choices. In that situation, you can still make balanced decisions.

    • Be mindful of your portion size
      (opt for smaller "silver dollar" pancakes if they're being offered)
    • Use reduced-calorie syrup and skip the butter
    • Count your syrup carbs toward your overall carb total
    • Balance your meal with a healthy protein, like scrambled egg whites or peanut butter

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Pancakes
    Pancakes don't provide the nutrients you'd get from a healthier carbohydrate choice.
    When you have the option, choose a more nutritious breakfast carb, such as a slice of
    whole-grain toast.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want Cookies
    Cookies

    If it's time for the holiday cookie exchange, your healthy options might be limited. It can be okay to have a cookie every once in a while in this type of situation. But you'll need to plan ahead at mealtime and make a swap.

    • Count the number of carbs in the cookie you plan to eat for dessert
    • Reduce the number of carbs you eat at your meal by that amount
    • Enjoy cookies in moderation since cookies don't provide important nutrients that you would get from a healthier choice

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Bring a batch of your own cookies to the exchange, like oatmeal cookies made with sugar substitute and low-fat margarine spread. Or, mix it up by bringing a fresh fruit salad instead.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want Cake
    Want Cake?

    Cake and birthdays seem to go hand-in-hand. If you're going to a party where cake will be served and don't think you'll have other options, plan accordingly.

    • Stick to a small portion
    • Count up the carbs
    • Skip that number of carbs at your meal
    • Enjoy in moderation, since cake is often high in fat and calories and low in nutrients

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Cake
    If you're going to a party, ask if you can bring something to share. You could bring cupcakes (which may help you manage your portion) or a dessert that's lower in carbs, calories, and fat, like a bowl of fresh strawberries.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want Popcorn

    Whether it's watching a movie at home or date night at the theater, popcorn might be hard to avoid. The key is managing how much you eat and avoiding unhealthy amounts of salt and butter.

    Popcorn

    If you'll be eating popcorn right after your meal:

    • Estimate how many carbs you'll be eating
    • Cut that number of carbs from
      your meal

    If you'll be having popcorn as a snack
    between meals:

    • Aim for around 15–30 grams of carbs

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Opt for plain, air-popped popcorn and enjoy its natural flavor. Or, try misting it with olive oil and sprinkle on your favorite dried herbs to create your own flavor.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want Pasta
    Want Pasta?

    On a special night out with friends at your favorite Italian restaurant, your carb choices might be limited. If spaghetti is one of these limited options, you'll need to watch your portion and know when to say when.

    Pasta
    • Stick to a serving size or less (a closed fist is about the size of a 1 cup serving*)
    • Focus on lean protein and steamed veggies and have pasta on the side
    • Go easy on the marinara, since this has carbs, too (avoid creamy sauces that are high in fat)
    • Avoid other carbs, such as garlic bread

    Represented images are not to scale.

    *This estimate is based on a woman's hand. Portion
    estimates will change based on the size of the hand.

    Order whole-grain or whole-wheat pasta when you can. These are more nutritious than regular pasta and lower in carbs and calories per serving.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

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  • I want Ice Cream

    At an ice cream social, ice cream is probably going to be your only food choice. If you know
    you'll be attending one of these events, plan ahead and make a trade-off to keep your meal plan
    on track.

    Ice Cream
    • Count how many carbs are in the portion size you plan to eat (stick to ½ cup)
    • Reduce the number of carbs at your meal by that amount
    • When measuring ice cream, keep in mind that a ½ cup serving is about the amount that would fit in an open palm*

    Represented images are not to scale.

    *This estimate is based on a woman's hand. Portion
    estimates will change based on the size of the hand.

    Whenever it's an option, opt for low-fat frozen yogurt instead of regular ice cream. Better yet, consider having plain, low-fat yogurt with berries. This is more nutritious than ice cream and frozen yogurt, making it a better choice.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

    Return
  • I want French Fries
    Want French Fries?

    Fast-food and French fries go hand-in-hand. And although the drive-through isn't the ideal place to find yourself at the end of a busy day, no one is perfect. Cooking a healthy meal at home might not always be possible. In these situations, go easy on the French fries and make appropriate choices for the rest of your meal.

    French Fries
    • Count how many carbs are in your fries
    • Count how many carbs are in the rest of your meal
    • If you're over your carb limit, cut back by eating fewer fries or eliminating another source of carbs (like the bun on
      your burger)
    • Consider ordering from the kids' menu to keep your portion size in check

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Many fast food restaurants offer healthy side options like salad with low-fat dressing or apple slices. These provide nutrients you won't get from the fries and have less fat and calories per serving.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

    Return
  • I want Bacon

    Whether you're cooking breakfast at home or eating breakfast out with friends, bacon is a popular item. When your other options are limited, keep in mind that bacon is high in fat and sodium per gram of weight. So you'll need to limit how much you eat, and enjoy it in moderation.

    Bacon
    • Stick to 2 slices of regular bacon or
      1 slice of Canadian bacon
    • Soak up some of the fat with a napkin before eating
    • Balance your breakfast with a healthy carb choice (like a small bowl of oatmeal or a whole-wheat
      English muffin)

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Try reduced-sodium bacon—it only has about half as much sodium as regular bacon. For less fat per gram, have a serving of turkey bacon or Canadian bacon instead.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

    Return
  • I want Fried Chicken

    Fried chicken might be the main course at a 4th of July picnic or a neighborhood block party. When your healthy options are limited, it's important that you still know how to make
    balanced choices.

    Chicken
    • Fill up half of your 9-inch plate with non-starchy vegetables (like a green salad)
    • Split the other half
      evenly between carbs
      (such as baked beans)
      and protein (1 drumstick)
    • Remove the skin and
      breading from the chicken to
      reduce fat, sodium, and carbs

    Represented images are not to scale.

    Fried chicken is high in fat and sodium, so grilled chicken is always a healthier choice.
    You can also experiment with oven-fried chicken recipes which are typically lower in fat
    and sodium.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

    Return
  • I want Pizza
    Want Pizza?

    Pizza (especially when it's delivered) may be a quick and easy answer for dinner on those nights when you just don't have a lot of time. It doesn't compare to a healthy meal prepared at home, but life isn't always perfect. So when you do have pizza:

    Pizza
    • Choose thin crust to cut down on carbs
    • Cut the pizza into 16 small slivers rather than 8 larger slices to help manage your portion
    • Fill up on green salad with
      low-fat vinaigrette
    • Avoid other items that are high in carbs, like breadsticks

    Represented images are not to scale.

    If plain cheese isn't your thing, load up your pizza with veggies. These are lower in fat and sodium than meat toppings and pack in extra nutrients.

    Work with your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to design a plan for healthy eating that's right for you.

    Return

Images for illustrative purposes only. Nutrition information is adapted from U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2012. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnrc/ndl. Always check the Nutrition Facts labels on the foods you eat.

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Who should use Humalog?

Humalog is used to treat people with diabetes for the control of high blood sugar.

Important Safety Information for Humalog

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

  • 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.

Who should not take Humalog?

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

Before using Humalog, 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 non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How should I use Humalog?

  • Humalog is a rapid-acting insulin. Take Humalog within fifteen minutes before eating or right after eating a meal.
  • Always make sure you receive the correct type of Humalog from the pharmacy.
  • Do not use Humalog if it is cloudy, colored, or has solid particles or clumps in it.
  • Do not mix Humalog with insulin other than NPH when using a syringe. Do not mix or dilute Humalog when used in a pump.
  • Inject Humalog 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 medicines.
  • If you forget to take your dose of Humalog, 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?

  • Low blood sugar is the most common side effect. There are many causes of low blood sugar, including taking too much Humalog. 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. 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 or Humalog.
  • 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?

  • Unopened Humalog should be stored in a refrigerator and can be used until the expiration date on the carton or label.
  • Humalog 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.

Humalog is available by prescription only.

For additional information, talk to your healthcare providers and please click to access Full Prescribing Information and Patient Prescribing Information.

Please see Instructions for Use that accompanies your pen.

HI CON ISI 29MAR2013

Humalog® and Humalog® KwikPen are registered trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company and are available by prescription only.

Who should use Humalog, Humalog Mix75/25, and 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.

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 non-prescription 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 accompanies your pen.

HI BOI CON ISI 29MAR2013

Humalog® and Humalog® KwikPen are registered trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company and are available by prescription only.

Humalog® Mix75/25, Humalog® Mix50/50, Humalog® Mix75/25 KwikPen, and Humalog® Mix50/50 KwikPen are trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company and are available by prescription only.

Who should use Humalog?

Humalog is used to treat people with diabetes for the control of high blood sugar.

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

  • Do not take Humalog if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or if you are allergic to insulin lispro or any of the ingredients in Humalog.
  • Do not change the insulin you use without talking to your healthcare provider.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is a possible side effect of Humalog that may be severe and cause unconsciousness (passing out), seizures, and death. Test your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider instructs.
  • Humalog is a rapid-acting insulin. Take Humalog within fifteen minutes before eating or right after eating a meal.
  • Humalog has not been studied in children with type 1 diabetes less than 3 years of age or in children with type 2 diabetes.

Important Safety Information for Humalog®

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

  • 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.

Who should not take Humalog?

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

Before using Humalog, what should I tell my 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 is a rapid-acting insulin. Take Humalog within fifteen minutes before eating or right after eating a meal.
  • Always make sure you receive the correct type of Humalog from the pharmacy.
  • Do not use Humalog if it is cloudy, colored, or has solid particles or clumps in it.
  • Do not mix Humalog with insulin other than NPH when using a syringe. Do not mix or dilute Humalog when used in a pump.
  • Inject Humalog 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 medicines.
  • If you forget to take your dose of Humalog, 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?

  • Low blood sugar is the most common side effect. There are many causes of low blood sugar, including taking too much Humalog. 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 and heart failure when taking certain pills called thiazolidinediones or “TZDs” with Humalog. 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 or Humalog.
  • 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.

Humalog is available by prescription only.

For additional information, talk to your healthcare providers and please click to access Full Prescribing Information and Patient Prescribing Information.

Please see Instructions for Use that accompany your pen.

HI CON ISI 31JAN2014