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Insulin lispro: 7 things you should know

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on Feb 13, 2024.

1. How it works

2. Upsides

3. Downsides

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include:

Note: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. View complete list of side effects

4. Bottom Line

Insulin lispro is a fast-acting insulin that may be used in conjunction with either an intermediate or long-acting insulin for the treatment of diabetes in adults and type 1 diabetes in children over the age of 3. There are several different brands available and it is available in a cost-saving generic form.

5. Tips

6. Response and effectiveness

7. Interactions

Medicines that interact with insulin lispro may either decrease its effect, affect how long it works, increase side effects, or have less of an effect when taken with insulin lispro. An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of the medications; however, sometimes it does. Speak to your doctor about how drug interactions should be managed.

Common medications that may interact with insulin lispro include:

Alcohol may also interact with insulin lispro by blocking the production of glucose by the liver, causing hypoglycemia.

Note that this list is not all-inclusive and includes only common medications that may interact with insulin lispro. You should refer to the prescribing information for insulin lispro for a complete list of interactions.


Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Insulin lispro only for the indication prescribed.

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

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