User Reviews for Insulin lispro
Also known as: Humalog, Admelog, Humalog KwikPen, Lyumjev, Humalog Junior KwikPen
Insulin lispro has an average rating of 4.0 out of 10 from a total of 61 ratings on Drugs.com. 20% of those users who reviewed Insulin lispro reported a positive effect, while 56% reported a negative effect.
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|Diabetes, Type 1||29 reviews||73 medications|
|Summary of Insulin lispro reviews||4.0||61 reviews|
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For Diabetes, Type 2: “I have been using humalog and now insulin lispro for 15 years. I have no issue with the insulin but the pens leave much to be desired. They skip, jam and don't work well with BD pen tips. The quality of these pens is nothing like the pen I use for Levimir. I have never had a problem with a Levimir pen. Lilly should be ashamed of this product. If I could change, I would.”
For Diabetes, Type 2: “I use the Humalog 75/25 and I have not had any problems with the pens or the medicines efficiency. Then I switched to the generic because it was cheaper and supposedly just as good. It isn't. You have to use 1 1/2 more product of the generic as you do the original dosage, to get the same effect. I will be switching back to the original when my generic runs out.”
Humalog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I have been using Humalog for approximately 1 year, in addition to Lantus. It has been working fine, but my complaint is in the pens. I have had 4 pens malfunction over the past year. I understand there are flaws in any item. But, when I called Lily to get replacements for the pens, they flat refused to stand behind their product. I just want to warn everyone who plans or is using this medication that Lily does not stand behind their product and you will be spending extra money in the event you experience a bad pen. These pens can get expensive. Buyer beware!!!”
Frequently asked questions
- Can Trulicity be used with insulin?
- Humalog vs Novolog (Novalog): What's the difference?
- What is the difference between regular insulin and lispro (Humalog)?
- When does insulin lispro peak / how long does it last?
- Can regular and lispro insulin (Humalog) be mixed?
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I have been diabetic since I was 12. Getting an insulin pump was the best thing I ever did. Then, my insurance decided to no longer cover Humalog, which has been working great for me for years. They put me on Admelog. I was on it a month before I called the doctor and told them it did not work. They blew me off. Now, several months later, I have called again. I have left messages at my doctor's office, I have talked to my insurance company, I have called the pharmacy, and I have called the FDA. Admelog DOES NOT work, and not just for me. I have taken at least 200 units of insulin today, and my blood sugar is still 297. If you take Admelog and it is not working for you, please go to the FDA MedWatch page and report it.”
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “My sugars have been terrible since switching from Humalog to Admelog as a Type 1 diabetic. It may be equivalent to others but is not for me. My A1c is through the roof and no one will listen because of $$$ I may go to Canada to get Humalog just so I can live longer. Is anyone listening????”
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “Insurance switched me over to this without even letting me know. My sugars on Humalog were very stable, but the second I switched over to Admelog I couldn't get them under control. I was never in my target range, no matter how much insulin I gave myself. The last straw was when I was at work and became extremely nauseous and started throwing up because I couldn't get my sugars under control. This insulin is not the same thing as Humalog as I was told, it's just a way for insurance to cheap out at the expense of its users.”
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I have had type 1 diabetes for 10 years and was originally using Novolog then Humalog but was recently switched to Admelog. This insulin is by far the worst I have ever used. It is extremely unpredictable. Right now I cannot get my blood sugar under 400 mg/dL no matter how much of this insulin I take. There are days when I am nonstop low. My endocrinologist knows that this insulin is garbage but my insurance will not switch me no matter what. I've complained to the FDA but it probably fell on deaf ears. I'm not even sure how this was even approved by the FDA considering that there are numerous complaints about it.”
- What type of insulin is Humalog?
- How fast does insulin lispro work?
- Does Admelog need to be refrigerated?
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “My daughter was on Humalog and doing well with her levels. I went to the pharmacy to pick refill and without notice our insurance switched her to Admelog. She has been on it for 3 weeks. Her levels will not come under 300, ketones, nausea, headaches. Also NO ONE keeps the vials in stock for the pumps. Not CVS, Wal-greens, Wal-Mart etc. It has to be ordered DAYS ahead and thats IF they get it in. One of the above pharmacies was suppose to have it in in 2 days went to pick up and they said SORRY we are not sure when it will get her. We had NO insulin over the weekend. Now my daughter is sick. We never had issues with Humalog. THIS insulin is HORRIBLE. FIGHT IT!”
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I have been type 1 diabetic for 22 years now and my insurance recently had me switch to Admelog a month ago. This insulin IS NOT THE SAME as Humalog, as the doctor's still try to convince you. It is very slow acting compared to Humalog and it takes 2-3 hours for blood sugar levels to lower, even a little bit. For example, every day on this insulin I have blood glucose levels to (BGL) of 260+ and after taking Admelog and fasting, 1 hour later my BGL only drops by 10 points. Wait another hour, still haven't ate anything, 10 more points. I have also had my BGL rise while on it. While on Humalog, my BGL drops and regulates within half hour. Admelog will kick in in over 3 hours and give me a very low BGL. This insulin has made me very sick and nauseous!!! I have done so well managing my BGL to be under 180 every day in the past and now on this insulin it to goes up to 400 constantly!”
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I was switched to Admelog from Novolog last year and my A1C has gone from 6 to 9% and has stabilized to over 8% since. My endo knows it is due to Admelog not being a good insulin but his hands are tied. Unfortunately my insurance will not switch me back to Novolog no matter what. This is by far the worst insulin I have ever used and I have used Novolog, Humalog, and Fiasp. The last few months have been the worst as I absolutely cannot get my blood sugars under 200. I am terrified I am going to die of DKA because of this awful insulin. There needs to be a class action lawsuit against the makers of this horrid insulin and it needs to be take off the market and studied more.”
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 2: “My experience in the last few hours: At 8:29 pm my BS was 101. I then took 30 u Admelog (a huge amount). I ate a big bowl of Cheerios with a banana, some sugar, and ingested about 15 oz of rice milk (I drank half of that). THREE HOURS and 23 MIN LATER, at 11:52, MY BS was 218! I just took another 30 units of it. I've had no further carbs. I received and opened the styrofoam Admelog case on November 8. See how unsatisfactory the Admelog is?”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I have taken insulin for 68 years. The last 2 years I have had horrible experiences with Humalog KwikPens. Have reached out to Eli Lilly and FDA. FDA seems to be a useless contact but Eli Lilly was somewhat helpful. I have had to actually throw away over 25 Eli Lilly Humalog KwikPens in the past two years due to malfunctioning of the pens.”
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “Worst insulin I have ever taken. My dose of insulin has more than tripled since I started taking it. It has always made my blood sugars rise. I can eat nothing and take insulin to correct the high - it doesn't fall it raises more. I carb count correctly, use the correct dose and again my blood sugar rises. This "follow on" insulin is not like the more expensive insulins.”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I note there are comments on the sticking of Humalog Kwik pens which is also my experience with them. I have been using Humalog (Lispro) pens for a long time. Recently in the past 3 months I have had 4 pens sticking while injecting. The rest of the insulin in the pen goes waste. I would like to send the pens back to Lilly but I do not know how. Like others I had to switch over from a smoother Novolin pen to the Humalog pens due to insurance cost agreements with lilly. Having worked in management positions at manufacturing industries, I can see how these deals of price reduction compromise quality and cost to the customer while filling the pockets of executives in the drug company and Insurance companies. FDA is useless.”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I used to take Novolog, was forced to change by my insurance provider. This does not work as well as Novolog. The delivery system is shoddy I have had more pens jam and become unusable in the 1 year of using the kwikpen than in the 10+ years I used a Novolog FlexPex.”
Humalog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 2: “I've been on Humalog for several years, I've tried Novalog and Apidra and both have given me terrible side effects. Humalog also gave me side effects and have noticed that throughout the years it has gotten worse, the headaches start from the back of my head, then it works it way down the back of my neck and spine. It has also creates an upset stomach that leads to acid reflux, chest pains and an increase in blood pressure. It has sent me to the ER several times, at first not realizing it was the insulin causing all the problems. When I stopped it to use Apidra, all the symptoms disappeared for about a week until I started getting other side effects from the Apidra that were worse and I had no choice but to go back to Humalog, I seem to have run out of options, it's I'm damned if I do, damned if I don't...in search of a better solution before it kills me...”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 2: “I never had problems with novalog pens but this humalog pen is horrible! I watch my diet carefully so I don't have to use as often but when my blood sugar shoots up I need it. Twice the same pen stopped working so I had to take of back to the pharmacy. Every humalog pen I have used since you have to keep pumping and twisting so that you end up with bruises! It never delivers what you put it on so you actually don't know how much you are injecting! This product is horrible and those making it should either make it right or be accountable!!!”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I have had Type 1 Diabetes for 45 years, and I can say that this is the worst method of Insulin delivery I have ever used. The pen is difficult to dose with. It often jams, causing you to exceed pressure and bend a needle in your arm. I think the makers should take a lesson from the Lantus pen makers. The Lantus pen has never failed me, and the automatic spring delivery system, makes it foolproof. Humulog in a vial has always worked for me.”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “What is it with Humalog over the last (2019 + 2020) 2 years??? I have had MANY issues with my BG going THRU THE ROOF!! I have had type 1 since 1994. My avg HbA1c is 7.0. Humalog is THE PROBLEM. I use insulin based on carb counting. Has worked for all my years on insulin. It works well. But, over the last two years I have had MANY times when I have, for example, 200 BG and I eat 50 units of carbs. Those numbers tell me I need 2 units of insulin for my BG and 5 units for my carbs = 7. I usually may add 1 extra unit. After I do all of that in my example, my BG will be 300???!!!!! I did exactly what my Dr. has told me to do and what has worked for MANY years. But, it no longer works with Humalog. Humalog has been made weaker since Lily is providing it at a reduced cost to users. Thanks Lily, for being a company that looks for profit more than helping those who need good insulin. Time to move to Novolog. Humalog? Useless.”
Humalog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 2: “I have had diabetes for three years and I was not able to control it much, had been on Lantus and Humulin. Unfortunately my sugar readings were too high. It's been a month now since am on Humalog and my readings have never been better. Am so glad my doctor put me on Humalog, it really works.”
Admelog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 2: “Started Admelog 6 months ago for insurance reasons. I developed shortness of breath, increased heart rate, sinusitis and the feeling like I had something in my throat when I laid down. I also had severe lumbar sacral back pain. I could only stand or walk for about 10 minutes. I had to stop insulin for insurance reasons and that is when I realized it was the insulin. Symptoms stopped within about 24 hours.”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 2: “These pens are terrible. The company should be closed down. They malfunction and some times have to inject my self 3 times to get my dosage. My insurance made me get these but I we I'll pay to use lantis solostar. Dont get this product!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 2: “The Humalog drug works very well. The Humalog Kwik Pen SUCKS. The pens stick and are very inconsistent with the ease of injection. I used Novalog until I went on Medicare and my drug plan switched me to Humalog. Never had a single problem with the Novalog pens.”
Humalog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 2: “I used to have effective treatment of diabetes with humalog and lantus but recently the humalog is not working. I gave the humalog company a call but they said they had not recently received other complaints. I've been on the 100, 200, and now the 500 strength and none of them are working. Seems like the pens are filled with water, not insulin.”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “These pens are horrible! I went to use it when my type 1 daughter's pump failed, and it did not administer correctly. The pens she used in the past were great. They made a clicking sound for each unit delivered, where these quick pens were silent and barely had pressure enough to indicate whether she got proper dosage, if any at all. They also don't have half units, and rounding up or down to full units can be very dangerous. These pens also create excessive waste. The previous pens themselves were reusable! Would love to go back to them!”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 2: “Humalog KwikPern 200 unit insulin products have been defective for years and continue being defective. Since too much or too little fast-acting Insulin can cause death, this is a very serious matter. The mechanism in those devices ams and skips gears and this is visible as the plunger does not move or moved way too much resulting in too little or too much insulting being injected. Lilly's phone line connects hapless patients to a labyrinth of submenus of byzantine complexity that it is useless, possibly by design.”
Humalog KwikPen (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I've been a T1 diabetic for 52 years, & am a retired Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). I and my patients have all had a problem w/Humalog KwikPens: Sometimes a box has not one pen that works. I have followed their (Lilly, the manufacturer) directions (try a new needle, etc), but sometimes you get a batch that doesn't work. You can't get a refund either, so we're "out" hundreds of dollars in co-pays. I've tried several times to contact Lilly and they keep referring me back to the website for answers, which is useless. They also imply that the customers aren't able to use the pens correctly. Amazing that I've been successfully teaching patients for decades on using pumps, pens, etc and never had ANY problems except with these KwikPens. They're unpredictable!”
Humalog (insulin lispro) for Diabetes, Type 1: “I've been using Humalog in my insulin pump for over 10 years. Humalog works well as a basal insulin as well as bolus for highs that may occur due to a variety of circumstances. I've found it very easy to adjust my blood glucose levels using Humalog.”
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