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When and How to Take Insulin Lispro

General considerations to keep in mind during treatment with insulin lispro include the following:
  • This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) within 15 minutes before or after a meal. Alternatively, insulin lispro can be used in an insulin pump. If necessary, insulin lispro can also be given intravenously (by IV) in a hospital or other similar healthcare setting.
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject this medication. 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.
  • Insulin lispro comes in vials, cartridges for use in certain pen devices, and prefilled KwikPen™ devices. To use the pen device, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Each time you inject this medicine, you need to use a new needle. To use insulin lispro from the vial, you will need insulin syringes with needles.
  • Because insulin lispro is a solution, not a suspension, you don't need to shake or swirl it.
  • Check with your healthcare provider before mixing insulin lispro with any other insulins in the same syringe. If you do mix it with other insulins, be sure to draw up insulin lispro into the syringe first and then the other insulin.
  • For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Insulin lispro 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 of insulin lispro your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The carbohydrate content of your meals
  • Your current dose of other insulins
  • How you respond to insulin lispro (especially as measured by your blood sugar levels)
  • 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 tells you to do so.
(Click Insulin Lispro Dosage for more information.)
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