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NPH Insulin/Regular Insulin Dosage

General Information on Your NPH Insulin/Regular Insulin Dose

Considerations for people taking NPH insulin/regular insulin include the following:
  • This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously), usually about half an hour before meals. Typically, it is taken twice a day. Your healthcare provider will decide exactly how and when you should take NPH insulin/regular insulin.
  • This insulin comes in vials and disposable prefilled pen devices. For the vials, you will need insulin syringes with needles attached. Each time you inject the insulin, you need to use a new needle. To use the pens, you will need specific types of needles known as pen needles. Either way, each time you inject the insulin, you need to use a new needle.
  • NPH insulin/regular insulin comes as a suspension that settles between doses. You must resuspend the insulin before each injection. Shake or rotate the vials until the insulin is uniformly cloudy. For the pens, roll the pen and flip it up and down several times until the insulin is uniformly cloudy.
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject NPH insulin/regular insulin. 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.
  • Never mix this insulin with any other insulin in the same syringe.
  • For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. NPH insulin/regular insulin will not work if you stop taking it. Make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider recommends.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your NPH insulin/regular insulin dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
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