Insulin Aspart Dosage
There is no standard recommended insulin aspart dosage. Dosing for this medication varies depending on how you respond to the drug, your current dose of other insulins, and the carbohydrate content of your meals. Regardless of what your insulin aspart dose is, you must start eating within 5 to 10 minutes after injecting the insulin to prevent dangerously low blood sugar.
The dose of insulin aspart (NovoLog®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to insulin aspart (especially as measured by your blood sugar levels)
- The carbohydrate content of your meals
- Your current dose of other insulins
- Other medications you are taking, including other diabetes medications
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. This article refers to plain insulin aspart. Insulin aspart is also available in combination with an intermediate-acting insulin (NovoLog Mix 70/30 or NovoLog Mix 50/50).
Insulin aspart is dosed like any other rapid-acting insulin. That means there is no "standard" dose that will work for all people or even for the same person in all situations. Insulin aspart is generally used to control blood sugar after meals. Because insulin aspart starts to work very quickly, you must start eating within 5 to 10 minutes after injecting insulin aspart in order to prevent dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
You may be asked to measure your blood sugar before and after meals, and your healthcare provider may recommend carbohydrate counting. Both of these things can help you and your healthcare provider know how to dose your insulin aspart. In general, smaller doses of insulin aspart are necessary after meals with a low carbohydrate content, while larger doses are necessary after meals with a high carbohydrate content.
If you use insulin aspart in an insulin pump, your healthcare provider will instruct you about how exactly to use it with your particular pump.