Insulin Pens

Insulin pens are a better way to live your life if you are affected by diabetes as you won’t have to draw up a measure of the correct dose every time you need to take your medication.  As well you won’t need refrigeration once your dose has been taken.  Using insulin pens makes your dosage portable, so you can take it anywhere you go.  The pen is prefilled making for easier management of your diabetes.

Medication such as Humalog (insulin lispro) is for people with diabetes so they can control high blood sugar and should be used with a longer acting insulin, except when used with sulfonylureas in people with type 2 diabetes. According to Wikipedia, sulfonylureas are a class of antidiabetic drugs that  act by increasing insulin release from the beta cells in the pancreas.  It should be noted that Humalog should not be used during episodes of low blood sugar (also called hypoglycemia).

Insulin Pen

Humalog and Using Insulin Pens

Humalog is an injectable fast acting insulin that works faster than other insulins that contain regular human insulin.  You can take Humalog about fifteen minutes before a meal or even right after eating. You can inject Humalog either with a syringe or by using different types of insulin pens.

Diabetes needs to be controlled and people with type 1 diabetes need a longer acting insulin in addition to Humalog unless they use an external insulin pump.  Whereas people with type 2 diabetes may take diabetes pills and/or a longer acting insulin in addition to taking Humalog.

Side Effects of Taking Humalog

Diabetes can be managed however there are certain side effects from some medications. Low blood sugar seems to be the most common side effect of taking Humalog.  Everyone’s symptoms are different so make sure you are away of what happens if you should have low blood sugar.  As well make sure you follow your doctor’s advise when it comes to treating low blood sugar. Other side effects can include low blood potassium, weight gain and allergic reactions especially around the injection site.

Insulin Pens

There is lots of information available on how to use insulin pens but one place to look is Wikipedia or any of the medical sites that have information on Diabetes. In fact, Wikipedia notes that there are two types of insulin pens:

  • Durable insulin pens use a replaceable insulin cartridge. When the insulin cartridge is empty, the empty cartridge is disposed of and a new one is inserted in the pen.
  • Prefilled insulin pens are entirely disposable. The pen comes pre-filled with insulin, and when the insulin cartridge or reservoir is empty, the entire unit is discarded.

How to Use Insulin Pens:

  • Screw or click on a new pen needle
  • If necessary, prime the pen to remove any air from the needle
  • Turn the knob on the end of the pen (or “dial”) to the number of units needed
  • Insert the needle into the skin
  • Press the button on the end of the pen to deliver the dose
  • Count to five
  • Remove

Where to Inject When Using Insulin Pens:

It is important to inject insulin pens in the proper part of the body and most of the time your doctor will make this decision for you. The most recommended injection sites include the abdomen, buttocks and thigh area.  As well the upper side area of the arms can be used, as well as the front and side of thighs.  Your medication will be absorbed better if it is delivered into the layer of tissue, or fat, located between the skin and the muscle.

Important Information: do not change the type of insulin you use unless directed by your doctor. The insulin dose and the time you take your medication can change with different types of insulin. Make sure you read the Patient Information that comes with your insulin medication including insulin pens before you start taking it and each time you get a refill.

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