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Precautions and Warnings With Insulin Lispro

Talk to your healthcare provider about the precautions and warnings with insulin lispro to help minimize risks and ensure safe treatment. Be sure to let him or her know if you have liver or kidney disease, as these conditions can affect your dose of insulin lispro. Warnings and precautions also apply to people who are allergic to any components used to make the medication.

Insulin Lispro: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking insulin lispro (Humalog®) if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Warnings and Precautions for Insulin Lispro

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking insulin lispro include the following:
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is the most common (and usually most serious) side effect of insulin medications, including insulin lispro. Make sure you and those around you know how to identify your warning signs for low blood sugar and how to respond. You must test your blood sugar levels regularly while taking insulin lispro or any other insulin. Low blood sugar levels can be a life-threatening problem.
  • If you use insulin lispro in an insulin pump, do not dilute it or mix it with other insulins.
  • If you inject insulin lispro using a syringe, not a pump, you may mix it with certain other insulins. Check with your healthcare provider before mixing insulins. When mixing insulin lispro with another insulin, you should always draw up insulin lispro into the syringe first, before the other insulin.
  • Insulin lispro is used to control blood sugar after a meal. Once you take a dose of the medication, you must begin eating the meal within 15 minutes.
  • Liver and kidney problems may affect your insulin lispro dosage. Also, changes in diet or exercise, illness, or stress may affect your blood sugar levels in such a way that your dosage needs to be adjusted.
  • Make sure your healthcare provider shows you exactly how to inject insulin lispro, how to store the drug, and how to dispose of your used needles.
  • This diabetes medication can potentially interact with several other medications (see Drug Interactions With Insulin Lispro).
  • Insulin lispro is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means it is most likely safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Humalog and Pregnancy).
  • It is not known whether insulin lispro passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Humalog and Breastfeeding).
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