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Insulin Lispro Protamine/Insulin Lispro

When and How to Take Insulin Lispro Protamine/Insulin Lispro

General considerations include the following:
  • This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) immediately before meals, within 15 minutes before you start eating. Typically, it is taken twice a day.
  • This insulin comes in vials or KwikPens™ prefilled pens. To use the vials, you will need insulin syringes (with needles attached). To use the pen devices, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Either way, each time you inject the insulin, you need to use a new needle.
  • Insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro comes as a suspension that settles between doses. You must "re-suspend" the insulin before each injection. For the vials, shake or rotate the vials until the insulin is uniformly cloudy. For the pens, be sure to follow the instructions specific to your particular pen device.
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro. 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.
  • Never mix this insulin with any other insulin in the same syringe.
  • 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.

Dosing Information

The dose your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The carbohydrate content of your meals
  • 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.
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Insulin Lispro Protamine/Insulin Lispro

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