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NovoLog PenFill Side Effects

Generic Name: insulin aspart

Note: This document contains side effect information about insulin aspart. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name NovoLog PenFill.

For the Consumer

Applies to insulin aspart: solution

Along with its needed effects, insulin aspart (the active ingredient contained in NovoLog PenFill) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking insulin aspart:

More Common

  • Anxiety
  • behavior change similar to being drunk
  • blurred vision
  • cold sweats
  • confusion
  • depression
  • difficulty with thinking
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • drowsiness
  • excessive hunger
  • fast heartbeat
  • headache
  • irritability or abnormal behavior
  • nightmares
  • restless sleep
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • slurred speech
  • tingling in the hands, feet, lips, or tongue

Less Common

  • Depression of the skin at the place of injection
  • dryness of the mouth
  • fast or weak pulse
  • feeling of pressure, itching, redness, soreness, stinging, swelling, or tingling at the place of injection
  • increased thirst
  • irregular heartbeat
  • loss of appetite
  • mood or mental changes
  • muscle cramps or pain
  • nausea
  • skin rash or itching over the whole body
  • sweating
  • thickening of the skin at the place of injection
  • trouble breathing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting

Rare

  • Bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
  • difficulty in breathing or swallowing
  • rapid weight gain
  • redistribution or accumulation of body fat
  • swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
  • unusual weight gain or loss

Some side effects of insulin aspart may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More Common

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to insulin aspart: injectable solution, subcutaneous solution

General

Adverse reactions observed have included hypoglycemia, allergic reactions, local injection site reactions, lipodystrophy, rash, and pruritus.[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have included both local and systemic reactions. Anaphylaxis has been reported. Local reactions have presented as erythema, local edema, and pruritus at the injection site. Most minor reactions to insulin at the injection site resolve in a few days to a few weeks.

Generalized allergy to insulin may present as a whole body rash, dyspnea, wheezing, hypotension, tachycardia, or diaphoresis. In clinical trials, allergic reactions were reported in 0.7% (10/1394) patients receiving insulin aspart (the active ingredient contained in NovoLog PenFill)

Clinical trials with Fiasp(R) reported generalized hypersensitivity reactions at 0.2% (comparator 0.1%). Anaphylactic reactions were not reported. Allergic skin manifestations were reported at 1.5% (comparator 1.4%) and included eczema, rash, pruritic rash, urticaria, and dermatitis.[Ref]

Very rare (less than 0.01%): Anaphylaxis

Common (1% to 10%): Allergic skin manifestations

Frequency not reported: Allergic reactions[Ref]

Metabolic

Very common (10% or more): Hypoglycemia

Frequency not reported: Weight gain[Ref]

Weight gain has been reported with insulin therapy and has been attributed to the anabolic effects of insulin and the decrease in glucosuria.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Chest pain

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Peripheral edema[Ref]

Insulin may cause sodium retention and edema, especially as metabolic control is improving.[Ref]

Dermatologic

Long-term use of insulin may cause lipodystrophy at the site of repeated injection. Lipodystrophy includes lipohypertrophy, a thickening of adipose tissue, and lipoatrophy, thinning of adipose tissue.[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Skin disorder

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Urticaria, rash

Frequency not reported: Lipodystrophy including lipohypertrophy and lipoatrophy[Ref]

Immunologic

Common (1% to 10%): Onychomycosis

Frequency not reported: Anti-insulin antibody titers[Ref]

The clinical significance of the development of these antibody titers is unknown.[Ref]

Ocular

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Refraction disorder, worsening of diabetic retinopathy[Ref]

Rapid improvement in glucose control has been associated with a transitory, reversible ophthalmologic refraction disorder and worsening of diabetic retinopathy. However, long-term glycemic control decreases the risk of diabetic retinopathy.[Ref]

Nervous system

Rapid improvement in glucose control has been associated with a transitory, reversible acute painful peripheral neuropathy. However, long-term glycemic control decreases the risk.[Ref]

Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 12%)

Common (1% to 10%): Hyporeflexia, sensory disturbance

Rare (less than 0.1%): Painful peripheral neuropathy[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain[Ref]

Genitourinary

Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infection[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Back pain[Ref]

Respiratory

Very common (10% or more): Nasopharyngitis (23%)

Common (1% to 10%): Upper respiratory infection[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Novolog (insulin aspart)" Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Inc, Princeton, NJ.

2. "Product Information. Fiasp (insulin aspart)." Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Inc, Princeton, NJ.

3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

4. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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