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When and How to Take Insulin Aspart

General considerations for when and how to take insulin aspart include the following:
 
  • This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) immediately before a meal (within 5 or 10 minutes before you start eating). Alternatively, it can be used in an insulin pump or can be given by IV.
     
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject insulin aspart. It can be injected into the skin and fat layer of the abdomen (stomach), upper arm, or thigh. Choose one of these three areas, and rotate injection sites within your chosen area.
     
  • Insulin aspart comes in vials, cartridges (for use in certain pen devices) and in the FlexPen® and FlexTouch® pen. To use the pen devices, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Each time you inject insulin aspart, you need to use a new needle. To use insulin aspart from the vial, you will need insulin syringes (with needles).
     
  • Because insulin aspart is a solution, not a suspension, you don't need to shake or swirl it.
     
  • Check with your healthcare provider before mixing insulin aspart with any other insulins in the same syringe. If you do mix insulin aspart with other insulins, be sure to draw up insulin aspart into the syringe first (and the other insulin second).
     
  • For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medicine will not work if you stop taking it. Make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider recommends.
     

Dosing Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The carbohydrate content of your meals
  • How you respond to insulin aspart (especially as measured by your blood sugar levels)
  • Your current dose of other insulins
  • Other medications you are taking
  • 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.
 
(Click Insulin Aspart Dosage for more information.)
 
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