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What Is Insulin Lispro Protamine/Insulin Lispro Used For?

How Does It Work?

Insulin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pancreas. This hormone is important for several functions, such as controlling blood sugar. Insulin helps the cells of your body remove glucose ("sugar") from your bloodstream. This sugar fuels your body's cells, giving them the energy they need to work properly. You may need to take insulin if your pancreas has trouble making enough insulin, which is the case for people with type 1 diabetes and for some people who have type 2 diabetes.
Insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro contains two different insulins, one that is rapid-acting (insulin lispro) and one that is intermediate-acting (insulin lispro protamine). It starts working quickly and continues to work for several hours.

Insulin Lispro Protamine/Insulin Lispro Use in Children

Insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro is not approved for use in children. This certainly does not mean that children cannot take insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro; it just means that this medication (like most medications) has not been adequately studied in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro in children.

Off-Label Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro for something other than the uses discussed in this article. Using the drug to treat gestational diabetes (temporary diabetes caused by pregnancy) is an off-label use of the medication.
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Insulin Lispro Protamine/Insulin Lispro

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