Humulin 70/30

Generic Name: Insulin Human

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Humulin 70/30 is a mixture of fast-acting and intermediate-acting insulins used to control high blood sugar in people with diabetes. Humulin 70/30 is available as prefilled pens and vials.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Your body needs insulin to turn sugar into energy. Diabetes develops when your body does not make enough insulin or does not properly use the insulin it makes. Humulin 70/30 may help control your blood sugar levels by allowing blood sugar to move from your bloodstream into your cells for energy.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Lowering your blood sugar to a normal level may prevent or delay potential complications associated with diabetes, such as blindness, kidney failure, or heart problems. Humulin 70/30 works by covering your meal time insulin needs, when your blood sugar levels rise quickly.

    When: Humulin 70/30 may control your blood sugar levels over the course of a day.

    How do I know it is working?

    Check your blood sugar regularly and as your healthcare provider tells you to. Your healthcare provider will also do regular blood tests to measure your blood sugar levels and your hemoglobin A1C (measures your average blood sugar levels over a 2- to 3-month period). Stay on your prescribed diet and exercise program, as this will also affect the results of your blood tests.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: low blood sugar, injection-site reactions (including redness, pain, itching, hives, or swelling).

    Symptoms of low blood sugar include: anxiety, restlessness, trouble concentrating, changes in your personality or mood, blurred vision, dizziness, shakiness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, nightmares or trouble sleeping, sweating, irritability, headache, slurred speech, fast heartbeat, unsteady walking, or tingling in your hands, feet, lips, or tongue.

    Less common side effects may include: swelling of your hands and feet, skin thickening at the injection-site.

    Serious allergic reactions with symptoms such as a rash all over your body, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, fast heartbeat, sweating, or lightheadedness.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not inject Humulin 70/30 if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Humulin 70/30. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems; are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: Your healthcare provider will determine your dose based on your blood sugar levels.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Inject Humulin 70/30 exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change the amount of Humulin 70/30 you inject or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Inject Humulin 70/30 under the skin of your stomach area, upper arms, or thighs. Never inject it into a vein or muscle. Change your injection site with each dose.

    Only use Humulin 70/30 that is evenly cloudy or milky after mixing. If you see that it is not evenly mixed or has solid particles or clumps in it, return it to the pharmacy for replacement.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drink alcohol while using Humulin 70/30. Alcohol may affect your blood sugar.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Humulin 70/30 is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Humulin 70/30 may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Humulin 70/30 during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    It is very important to follow your insulin regimen exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not miss any doses. Ask your healthcare provider for specific instructions to follow in case you ever miss a dose of insulin.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store unopened Humulin 70/30 vials in the refrigerator (not the freezer).

    After you open Humulin 70/30, store the vials in the refrigerator or unrefrigerated as long as it is kept as cool as possible. After you open Humulin 70/30 prefilled pens, do not refrigerate them. Keep them at room temperature, away from direct heat and light for up to 10 days.