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Insulin Lispro

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking insulin lispro if you have:
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Insulin Lispro to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

Clinical Effects

Studies have shown that insulin lispro worked as well as regular human insulin. People with type 1 diabetes taking insulin lispro may have a lower chance of nighttime hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), compared to those taking regular human insulin.

How Does Insulin Lispro Work?

This drug is a form of insulin, which 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, which is the case in people with type 1 diabetes and in some people who have type 2 diabetes. Normally, your body is able to maintain proper levels of sugar in your blood and inside your cells. However, in people with type 1 diabetes (and sometimes type 2 diabetes), the pancreas has trouble making insulin. This causes too much sugar to accumulate in the blood.
Too much sugar can also accumulate in the blood if your body has trouble responding to normal levels of insulin, as is common in type 2 diabetes. Over time, high levels of sugar in the blood can lead to serious health problems in the:
  • Eyes
  • Feet
  • Hands
  • Kidneys
  • Heart.
Insulin lispro is a rapid-acting insulin medication. It starts working quickly, produces a sharp peak in insulin levels, and drops off quickly. It is designed to help control the blood sugar spike that occurs after meals. Most people who take insulin lispro will also need a long-acting insulin to provide a steady background level of insulin to help control blood sugar throughout the day.
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