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Novolin N Uses

Using Novolin N Without a Prescription

Many people are surprised to learn that many insulin medications are available over the counter (without a prescription). Regular human insulin, NPH insulin (such as Novolin N), and mixtures of the two types do not require a prescription (even though they are stored "behind the counter" in the pharmacy, since they must be refrigerated). Newer forms of insulin require a prescription. If you would like your insurance (or Medicaid or Medicare Part D) to cover Novolin N, you will need a prescription from your healthcare provider.
Even though you don't need a prescription for Novolin N, it is very important that you use it only under your healthcare provider's supervision. Insulin is a potent and potentially dangerous drug. Taking too much can easily result in death (see Novolin N Overdose). You should not take Novolin N if you do not have diabetes, as this can be extremely dangerous. People without diabetes sometimes abuse insulin (often in combination with steroids) in an attempt to enhance athletic performance.

Novolin N Uses in Children

Novolin N is approved for use in children. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using Novolin N in children.

Off-Label Novolin N Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Novolin N for something other than the uses discussed in this article. At this time, however, there are no universally accepted off-label uses for Novolin N.
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