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Insulin Lispro Dosage

There is no standard insulin lispro dosage. Dosing varies from situation to situation and from one person to the next. Measuring your blood sugar before and after meals and counting carbohydrates can help you determine an appropriate insulin lispro dose. Smaller doses are needed after meals with a low carbohydrate content, and large doses are necessary after meals with a high carbohydrate content.

Insulin Lispro Dosage: An Introduction

The dose of insulin lispro (Humalog®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The carbohydrate content of your meals
  • How you respond to insulin lispro (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. This article refers to plain insulin lispro. Insulin lispro is also available in combination with an intermediate-acting insulin (Humalog Mix75/25® and Humalog Mix50/50®).

Insulin Lispro Dosing Guidelines

Insulin lispro is dosed much like any other rapid-acting insulin. That means there is no "standard" dose that will work for all people or even for the same person in all situations. Insulin lispro is used to control blood sugar after meals. It can be taken any time within 15 minutes before or after a meal. Once you have taken a dose, you must start eating within 15 minutes. Otherwise, you may experience dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
You may be asked to measure your blood sugar before and after meals, and your healthcare provider may recommend counting carbohydrates. Both of these things can help you and your healthcare provider know how to dose your insulin lispro. In general, smaller doses 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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