Generic Name: insulin (IN-su-lin)
Brand Name: Examples include Terumo and BD
Insulin is used for:
Drawing and injecting insulin (and other solutions as determined by your doctor) into a preselected site of the body.
Do NOT use insulin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in insulin
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using insulin:
Some medical conditions may interact with insulin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with insulin. However, no specific interactions with insulin are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if insulin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use insulin:
Use insulin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- To prepare your dose of insulin, pull the syringe plunger back to draw air into the syringe. The amount of air in the syringe should be equal to the number of units of insulin that you will be injecting. Insert the needle through the rubber cap of the insulin bottle and inject the air into the bottle. Invert the bottle and syringe. Pull back on the plunger to draw insulin into the syringe and measure the correct number of units of insulin. Check for any bubbles in the syringe. Eliminate any air bubbles found by tapping gently on the syringe.
- Insulin can be injected into the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms. First clean the skin at the injection site with an alcohol pad or rubbing alcohol. Pinch a fold of skin at the injection site with your fingers. The pinch should include at least 3 inches of skin. Insert the needle at a 45 to 90 degree angle. Then, inject the insulin, withdraw the needle, and press lightly on the skin.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of your medicine, follow the missed dose instructions that came with your medicine. Contact your doctor if you are unsure what to do if you miss a dose of insulin.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use insulin.
Important safety information:
- Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials.
- Use a different site for each injection; about 1 inch away from previous injection sites, but in the same general area. Use all available sites in the same general area before switching to a different area. Do not use the same injection site more often than once every month or two.
- If you have trouble seeing the small markings on the syringe, have someone help you. Also, let your doctor or pharmacist know about this problem. They can provide tools that are easier to read, special tools to help you fill the syringe, or prefilled syringes.
Possible side effects of insulin:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Redness, swelling, or itching at injection sites.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of insulin:
Store the syringes at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in the original package. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep insulin and needles out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about insulin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Insulin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take insulin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about insulin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to insulin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using insulin.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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