What is Humalog® U-100 Insulin?
Humalog (insulin lispro) is fast-acting insulin used to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients manage their blood sugar levels.
Insulin lispro is closely related to human insulin which is the natural hormone produced by the pancreas.
This man-made insulin is both safe and effective in treating both adults and children over the age of 3. It is unknown whether Humalog is safe and effective for children with type 1 diabetes under the age of 3 or children with type 2 diabetes.
Humalog is a substitute for human insulin and used to control glucose levels. Since the molecules in this insulin have been modified, it works faster than normal human insulin.
It increases the rate at which the body converts glucose to glycogen which is stored in the muscle to later be used as energy.
Each vial contains 1000 units (10 millilitres). Humalog 100 units/ml solution for injection in vial comes in a pack of 1 vial, 2 vials or a multipack of 5 x 1 vial.
The other ingredients are glycerol, m-cresol, zinc oxide, dibasic sodium phosphate 7 H2O and water for injection. Hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide may have been used to adjust the acidity.
How to Use Humalog Insulin?
Humalog comes already dissolved in water so you don’t need to mix it however it should only be used if it appears clear, colorless with no particles, like water.
Humalog works very quickly and can last for shorter periods than soluble insulin. Typically this insulin is used 15 minutes within starting your meal.
Your doctor may recommend taking Humalog insulin vials in combination with longer-lasting insulin.
1. First wash your hands
2. Clean the skin and rubber stopper on vial as instructed before injection.
3. Use a clear, sterile syringe to pierce the rubber stopper to draw the recommended dosage amount.
4. Inject insulin under the skin within 1cm from the last injection.
5. After injection leave the need in the skin for 5 seconds to ensure you have taken the full dose
Rotate injection sites as instructed. Medication can be used in the thigh, upper arm, buttock or abdomen.
Do not rub the area after injection.
Do not share insulin with other people as this can spread blood-borne pathogens.
Do not inject directly into a vein.
Do not mix Humalog with other insulin manufacturers or with animal insulin.
Do not administer Humalog insulin intravenously. This should only be done by a doctor.