insulin isophane and insulin regular (generic name)

This medicine lowers the amount of sugar in your blood
(REG yuh ler IN su lin; ISO fane IN su lin)
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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your health care professional or doctor for regular checks on your progress. To control your diabetes you must use this medicine regularly and follow a diet and exercise schedule. Checking and recording your blood sugar and urine ketone levels regularly is important. Use a blood sugar measuring device before you treat high or low blood sugar.

Always carry a quick-source of sugar with you in case you have symptoms of low blood sugar. Examples include hard sugar candy or glucose tablets. Make sure family members know that you can choke if you eat or drink when you develop serious symptoms of low blood sugar, such as seizures or unconsciousness. They must get medical help at once.

Make sure that you have the right kind of syringe for the type of insulin you use. Try not to change the brand and type of insulin or syringe unless your health care professional or doctor tells you to. Switching insulin brand or type can cause dangerously high or low blood sugar. Always keep an extra supply of insulin, syringes, and needles on hand. Use a syringe one time only. Throw away syringe and needle in a closed container to prevent accidental needle sticks.

Insulin pens and cartridges should never be shared. Sharing may result in passing of viruses like hepatitis or HIV.

Wear a medical identification bracelet or chain to say you have diabetes, and carry a card that lists all your medications.

Many nonprescription cough and cold products contain sugar or alcohol. These can affect diabetes control or can alter the results of tests used to monitor blood sugar. Avoid alcohol. Avoid products that contain alcohol or sugar.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:

Symptoms of low blood sugar:
  • You may feel nervous, confused, dizzy, hungry, weak, sweaty, shaky, cold, and irritable. You may also experience headache, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat and loss of consciousness.

Symptoms of high blood sugar:

  • You may experience dizziness, dry mouth, dry skin, fruity breath, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach ache, unusual thirst, frequent urination

Insulin also can cause rare but serious allergic reactions in some patients, including:

  • bad skin rash and itching
  • breathing problems

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your health care professional or doctor if they continue or are bothersome):

  • increase or decrease in fatty tissue under the skin, through overuse of a particular injection
  • itching, burning, swelling, or rash at the injection site

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Last Updated: April 07, 2011
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