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Insulin Glulisine

When and How to Take It

General considerations for when and how to take insulin glulisine include the following:
  • This diabetes medication comes in an injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) within 15 minutes before, or up to 20 minutes after, starting a meal. Alternatively, insulin glulisine can be used in an insulin pump.
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject insulin glulisine. 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. Do not rotate between different areas, as insulin glulisine may be absorbed differently from various areas.
  • Insulin glulisine comes in vials, prefilled pens, and in cartridges (for use in a pen device). To use the pen devices, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Each time you inject insulin glulisine, you will need to use a new needle. To use insulin glulisine from the vial, you will need insulin syringes with needles.
  • If, for some reason, your pen device malfunctions, you can withdraw insulin glulisine directly from the cartridge using an insulin syringe.
  • Because insulin glulisine is a solution, not a suspension, you don't need to shake or swirl it.
  • Studies have shown that insulin glulisine can be mixed with NPH insulin. You should not mix insulin glulisine with any other type of insulin other than NPH. If you use insulin glulisine in an insulin pump, never mix it with another insulin or dilute it.
  • For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it. Make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider recommends.
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