NPH insulin/regular insulin is not approved for use in children. This certainly does not mean that children cannot take NPH insulin/regular insulin; it just means that this medication (like most) has not been adequately studied in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using this medication in children.
Off-Label Uses for NPH Insulin/Regular Insulin
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend NPH insulin/regular insulin for something other than the uses discussed in this article. Using the drug to treat gestational diabetes (temporary diabetes caused by pregnancy) is an off-label NPH insulin/regular insulin use.
Novo Nordisk. Dear healthcare provider letter: important insulin delivery device information: discontinuation of several insulin delivery devices (June 2009). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/DrugShortages/UCM177158.pdf. Accessed August 21, 2009.
Eli Lilly and Company. Dear healthcare provider letter: important discontinuation of Humulin® 50/50 (50% Human Insulin Isophane Suspension and 50% Human Insulin Injection [rDNA ORIGIN]) (June 2009). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/DrugShortages/UCM176693.pdf. Accessed August 21, 2009.
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