What is NovoLog?NovoLog is an injectable insulin used to control high blood sugar (glucose) in people with diabetes.
What is the most important information I should know about NovoLog?Do not make any changes with your insulin unless you have talked to your doctor. Changes in insulin strength, manufacturer, or type may result in the need for a change in dose.
NovoLog can cause you to experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Therefore, it is important to take NovoLog exactly as prescribed by your doctor. It is a good idea to carry a reliable source of glucose (such as tablets or gel) to treat low blood sugar. If this is not available, you should eat or drink a quick source of sugar like table sugar, honey, candy, orange juice, or non-diet soda. This will raise your blood sugar level quickly. Contact your doctor immediately if you feel any symptoms of low blood sugar such as dizziness, lightheadedness, tingling in your extremities, palpitations (fluttery or throbbing heartbeat), sweating, or tremor.
NovoLog is a fast-acting insulin and begins to work very quickly. You should eat a meal 5-10 minutes after using NovoLog to avoid low blood sugar. Do not inject NovoLog if you do not plan to eat right after using it.
Who should not take NovoLog?Do not take NovoLog if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Also, you should not take NovoLog if your blood sugar is too low.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of NovoLog?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with NovoLog. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Type 1 Diabetes
Adults and children ≥2 years: Your doctor will determine your dose based on your insulin needs, eating habits, and other lifestyle variables. Your prescribed dose of NovoLog should be given as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection 5-10 minutes before a meal.
Type 2 Diabetes
Adults: Your doctor will determine your dose based on your insulin needs, eating habits, and other lifestyle variables. Your prescribed dose of NovoLog should be given as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection 5-10 minutes before a meal.
How should I take NovoLog?Inject NovoLog 5-10 minutes before eating a meal. Inject NovoLog under your skin in your upper arm, abdomen, thigh, or buttocks. Never inject it into a vein or muscle. Rotate injection sites within the same body area.
Only use NovoLog that is clear and colorless. If your NovoLog is cloudy or colored, return it to your pharmacy for a replacement.
Do not dilute or mix NovoLog with any other insulin when using an external insulin pump. Do not mix NovoLog with any insulin other than NPH when used with injections by syringe.
Do not make any changes with your insulin unless you have talked to your doctor. Your insulin needs may change because of illness, stress, other medicines, or changes in diet or activity level. Talk to your doctor about how to adjust your insulin dose.
Use the proper injection technique taught to you by your doctor. Refer to the package insert that accompanies NovoLog for detailed instructions. If you are using an external pump, you are also advised to read the manufacturer's instructions that come with the pump.
What should I avoid while taking NovoLog?You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking NovoLog. Alcohol can alter your blood sugar levels. Also, use caution while driving and do not operate dangerous machinery if you have low blood sugar.
Do not freeze or overheat NovoLog; it must be kept refrigerated or at room temperature once opened.
Do not inject NovoLog in the same place twice in a row; rotate injection sites.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with NovoLog?If NovoLog is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining NovoLog with the following: albuterol, alcohol, oral antidiabetic drugs, certain antipsychotics, blood pressure/heart medications in a class called ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers, birth control pills, cholesterol-lowering medications known as fibrates, clonidine, corticosteroids, danazol, disopyramide, diuretics (water pills), epinephrine, estrogens, fluoxetine, guanethidine, isoniazid, antidepressant medications in a class known as MAO inhibitors, niacin, octreotide, pentamide, propoxyphene, anti-HIV medications called protease inhibitors, reserpine, salicylates, somatropin, sulfonamide antibiotics, terbutaline, and thyroid hormones.
What are the possible side effects of NovoLog?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: low blood sugar symptoms (dizziness, shaky, lightheaded, irritable, headache), injection-site reactions, allergic reactions, swelling of the hands and feet, vision changes, low potassium in the blood, weight gain
Can I receive NovoLog if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?NovoLog is safe for use during pregnancy. It is unknown whether NovoLog is safe for use in breastfeeding. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of NovoLog?It is very important to follow your insulin regimen exactly. Do not miss any doses. Ask your doctor for specific instructions to follow in case you ever miss a dose of insulin.
How should I store NovoLog?Unopened NovoLog: Any unopened NovoLog should be stored in the refrigerator (not the freezer). Do not use after the expiration date printed on the label.
Opened NovoLog: Any opened NovoLog vials may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature for 28 days. Opened NovoLog PenFill cartridges or NovoLog FlexPens should not be refrigerated, but should be kept at room temperature away from direct heat and light for 28 days.
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