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NPH Insulin/Regular Insulin

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using NPH Insulin/Regular Insulin?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking NPH insulin/regular insulin if you have:
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With NPH Insulin/Regular Insulin to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does NPH Insulin/Regular Insulin Work?

NPH insulin/regular insulin contains two different insulins: one that is intermediate-acting (NPH insulin) and one that is short-acting (regular insulin). It starts working quickly and continues to work for several hours.
Insulin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pancreas. This hormone is important for several functions, such as controlling blood sugar. Insulin helps the cells of your body remove glucose (sugar) from your bloodstream. This sugar fuels your body's cells, giving them the energy they need to work properly. You may need to take NPH insulin/regular insulin if your pancreas has trouble making enough insulin, which is the case for people with type 1 diabetes and for some people who have type 2 diabetes.
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