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Serious Side Effects of Inhaled Insulin

Some side effects with inhaled insulin, while not as common, are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Symptoms of high blood sugar, such as:
 
    • Increased hunger
    • Increased thirst
    • Increased urination
    • Blurred vision
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath
    • Nausea or vomiting 
 
  • Symptoms of low blood sugar, such as:
 
    • Sweating
    • Shakiness
    • Extreme hunger
    • Dizziness
    • Cold sweats
    • Blurry vision
    • Changes in behavior, such as irritability
    • Loss of coordination
    • Difficulty speaking
    • Confusion
    • Seizures 
 
  • Any respiratory infection
     
  • Difficult or painful breathing
     
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
 
    • An unexplained skin rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Wheezing or trouble breathing
    • Unexplained swelling.
 

Side Effects of Inhaled Insulin: A Summary

You may experience some or none of the side effects of inhaled insulin listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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