Endocrine System Channel
Topics
Medications
Quicklinks
Related Channels

What Is Insulin Lispro Protamine/Insulin Lispro Used For?

Insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro is used for treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults. It contains both a rapid-acting and an intermediate-acting insulin, to better help control blood sugar levels throughout the day. Occasionally, healthcare providers may also recommend off-label uses of the drug, such as for treating gestational diabetes.

Insulin Lispro Protamine/Insulin Lispro Uses

Insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro (Humalog® Mix50/50, Humalog® Mix75/25) is a prescription diabetes medication. It is a combination of two different types of insulins. Insulin lispro protamine is an intermediate-acting insulin, while insulin lispro is a rapid-acting insulin.
 
Humalog Mix50/50 contains more of the rapid-acting insulin and less of the intermediate-acting insulin, compared to Humalog Mix75/25.
 

How Does It Treat Diabetes?

The need to take insulin is usually associated with type 1 diabetes (sometimes known as juvenile-onset diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes). Although type 1 diabetes usually begins in childhood or adolescence, this is not always the case. With this type of diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. This means that people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin on a regular basis to help keep their blood sugar at the right level. Insulin is absolutely essential for people with type 1 diabetes.
 
Unlike people with type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes (sometimes called non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes) often do not need to take insulin. The problem with type 2 diabetes is that the cells of the body do not respond to insulin as well as they normally should. As a result, the cells do not remove sugar (glucose) from the blood very well, resulting in high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Therefore, people with type 2 diabetes need much more insulin than is normal to control their blood sugar. The pancreas cannot keep up with such a high demand and eventually starts to fail. Generally, people with type 2 diabetes take insulin only if they simply cannot produce enough insulin (even with the help of oral diabetes medications).
 
For treating either type of diabetes, insulin lispro protamine/insulin lispro is taken immediately before meals, typically just twice a day.
 
Type 2 Diabetes: Fact or Fiction

Insulin Lispro Protamine/Insulin Lispro

Referring Pages:
Terms of Use
Advertise with Us
Contact Us
About eMedTV
Privacy Policy
Copyright © 2006-2017 Clinaero, Inc.
eMedTV serves only as an informational resource. This site does not dispense medical advice or advice of any kind. Site users seeking medical advice about their specific situation should consult with their own physician. Click Terms of Use for more information.