Getting Started on Humalog®
Everyone's experience with mealtime insulin is different. For people with diabetes starting Humalog, here are some things to expect:
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Do not change the type of insulin you take or your dose, unless your doctor tells you to. This could cause low or high blood sugar, which could be serious. Do not inject your insulin into the exact same spot or where the skin has pit or lumps. Avoid injecting into thickened, tender, bruised, scaly, hard, scarred, or damaged skin.
Here are a few things to remember when you get started:
- Humalog is a fast-acting insulin that's taken within 15 minutes before you eat or right after eating a meal.
- Low blood sugar is a possible serious side effect of Humalog, Insulin Lispro Injection, Humalog Mix50/50, Humalog Mix75/25, and Insulin Lispro Protamine and Insulin Lispro Injectable Suspension Mix75/25 that can lead to death.
Low blood sugar can cause dizziness or light-headedness, sweating, confusion, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, shakiness, fast heartbeat, anxiety, irritability, mood change, and hunger.
If you are at risk of having severely low blood sugar, your doctor may prescribe a glucagon emergency kit. These are used when your blood sugar becomes too low and you are unable to take sugar by mouth. Glucagon helps your body release sugar into your bloodstream.
- Make sure you understand how many units of Humalog your doctor wants you to take and with what meals.