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Insulin Glulisine Dosage

For controlling blood sugar levels after meals, there is no standard insulin glulisine dosage that is right for everyone. Generally, the dose will be lower if you consume a low-carbohydrate meal, and a higher dosage will be necessary when eating a high-carbohydrate meal. The insulin glulisine dosage your healthcare provider recommends will be based on factors such as how you respond to the medication and other medications you are taking.

Insulin Glulisine Dosage: An Introduction

The dose of insulin glulisine (Apidra®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • How you respond to insulin glulisine (especially as measured by your blood sugar levels)
  • 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.

Insulin Glulisine Dosing Guidelines

Insulin glulisine is used to control blood sugar after meals. It can be taken any time from 15 minutes before to 20 minutes after starting a meal. Once you have taken a dose, you must start eating within 15 minutes. Otherwise, you may experience dangerously low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia).
Insulin glulisine is dosed much like any other rapid-acting insulin. That means there is no one "standard" dose that will work for everyone, or even for the same person in all situations. 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 figure your insulin glulisine dosage. In general, smaller doses of insulin glulisine are necessary after meals with a low carbohydrate content, while larger doses are necessary after meals with a high carbohydrate content.
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