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Are novolin (insulin) and novolog interchangeable?

Are novolin (insulin) and novolog interchangeable?

Different categories: Novolin is the brand name given to all human insulins made by novo nordisk. Under this brand are specific types of Insulin such as regular, nph, and 70/30. Novolog Insulin is a synthetic recombinant Insulin that is very rapid acting. I often get this question because NovoLog is more expensive than any of the novolins. However, they cannot be substituted for each other. ...Read more

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Novolog (Definition)

It is a fast acting Insulin which begins working within minutes of administration. It allow to adjust dosage at ...Read more


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Can novolog be used instead of novolin (insulin) n?

Can novolog be used instead of novolin (insulin) n?

No: Novolog is a short acting, however Novolin (insulin) N is Intermediate acting. ...Read more

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Are novolog 70/30 and novolin 70/30 insulin that same?

Novolog is faster: The '70' portion of both is same, but the '30' portion of NovoLog has faster onset of action <15 min vs about 30 min for novolin (insulin). Otherwise, unit for unit they are about same. The NovoLog thus can be used right before meal, novolin (insulin) should be about 15-30 min before meal. So just timing is different. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can novolog and novolin (insulin) n be prescribed together?

Can novolog and novolin (insulin) n be prescribed together?

Novalin long acting: Novalog short acting- I order them separately. The novalog covers your meals. ...Read more

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What is the deference between novolog insulin & novolin insulin?

Both biosynthetic: Novolog and Novolin R are both meal time insulins. Novolog can injected before or immediately after meals, while Novolin R must be at least 30 minutes before meals. Novolin n is as basal insulin. Novolog has a quickest onset, shortest duration of action, least absorption variability, and reduces chances of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) if used right compared to Novolin R and n respectively. ...Read more

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What is the difference between novolog 70/30 and novolin (insulin)?

Big difference: Novolin has become synonimus with nph novolin insulin, though novolin is just a brand name, you also have novolin regular Insulin or novolin-r, so you have to be careful. Novolog 70 /30 is a combination of 70% nph and 30% NovoLog (fast acting insulin) therefore the action of both insulins is very different. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between novolog 70/30 and novolin (insulin)?

What is the main difference between novolog 70/30 and novolin (insulin)?

Novolog is faster: The '70' portion of both is same, but the '30' portion of NovoLog has faster onset of action <15 min vs about 30 min for novolin (insulin). Otherwise, unit for unit they are about same. The NovoLog thus can be used right before meal, novolin (insulin) should be about 15-30 min before meal. So just timing is different. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between novolin (insulin) n and novolog for a type two diabetic?

What is the difference between novolin (insulin) n and novolog for a type two diabetic?

Onset/duration: Novolin n (a brand of nph) is an intermediate acting insulin. It starts working after a few hrs, peaks in 6-8 hrs and lasts 12-16 hrs. Novolog is a rapid acting insulin. It starts to work in a few mins, peaks in an hr or two, lasts 4 hrs or so. Novolog is used @meals to prevent post-meal high bs and to "correct" bs. Nph (or better yet a long acting like Lantus (insulin glargine) or levemir) keeps fasting bs lower. ...Read more

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Which form of humalin insulin should I use if I am currently using novolog?

Humulin (insulin) R: If you want to switch from NovoLog to humulin insulin, you would want to choose the Humulin R version (rather than the n version). ...Read more

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Insulin novolog mix 70/30 has a medicine smell that I've never smelled could it be bad.

Don't use: If medicine smells bad or unusually strong then it may be contaminated. Check the expiration date and see if there is a number on the pen or vial were you can report this. ...Read more

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What is duration time of novolog u-100 insulin, from start to finish type 1 diabetic for 44 years and been getting conflicting duration times from 30 minutes to 4 hours

What is duration time of novolog u-100 insulin, from start to finish type 1 diabetic for 44 years and been getting conflicting duration times from 30 minutes to 4 hours

Novolog,: Novolog, a short acting Insulin analogue, typically lasts about 3-3.5 hrs but some individuals can experience lasting effecs for up to 4-5 hrs. Its onset of action is within 15-20 minutes with peak levels around 1.5-2.5 hrs post injection. Hope this helps.

Cayce t. Jehaimi, M.D., faap
pediatric endocrinolog & diabetes
the children's hospital of southwest florida
fort myers, fl, usa. ...Read more

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How does novolog insulin storage work?

How does novolog insulin storage work?

Refrigerator/Room tp: Unopened vials /pens can be stored in refrigerator till expiration date on the product. Once removed from the refrigerator, opened/unopened vials can be stored at room temp or refrigerator and discard after 28 days, opened pens/cartridges should be stored at room temp discard in 14 days regardless. For external pump reservoir discard in 6 days. Novolog should not be used if it had been frozen. ...Read more

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Can I switch from novolog and lantis to the relion brand of insulin?

Can I switch from novolog and lantis to the relion brand of insulin?

ReliOn Insulin: Walmart sells ReliOn insulin, Novolin (Regular, NPH and 70/30) at discounted prices. These are biosynthetic human insulins, time to peak and duration of action do not replicate endogenous basal and postprandial insulin secretion. Synthetic insulin analogs (lispro, aspart, glulisine, glargine, detemir, degludec) are preferred. Discuss with your doctor if switching insulin is right for you. ...Read more

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I forgot to take my insulin at lunch. I take five units of novolog. I ate at 11:30 and now its 3:30. My bs. Is 318. What should I do?

I forgot to take my insulin at lunch. I take five units of novolog. I ate at 11:30 and now its 3:30. My bs. Is 318. What should I do?

Diabetes and insulin: It is not recommende to chase blood sugars. You will be follwing " your own tail" continue with your diet, normal doses of Insulin hydrate your self. The elevated sugar will come down unless you are sick. Remember the blood sugar of 500 will kill you in 5-15 years but a sugar of 5 can kill you in minutes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an allergic reaction when using novolog insulin?

Is it possible to have an allergic reaction when using novolog insulin?

Yes: It's infrequent but it is possible. One way to know is to ask your doctor to switch you to an equivalent Insulin (humalog, apidra) and see if the reactions on NovoLog disappear. ...Read more

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Will it be bad if I'm taking both novolog mix 70/30 and apidra (insulin glulisine)?

Yes: If you use 70/30 NOVOLOG mix it is better to use NOVOLOG (instead of Apidra (insulin glulisine)) for sliding scale coverage ...Read more

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What are the differences between apidra (insulin glulisine) and novolog insulin? Which is better?

Insulin analogs: Hi. Novolog (aspart) and Apidra (insulin glulisine) (glulisine) are both engineered insulins not found in nature. The human insulin gene was modified to give the expressed insulin analog favorable properties for meal coverage for diabetics. To me they are indistinguishable, but Apidra (insulin glulisine) works a little faster in obese patients. They are both very good meal insulins. Goo luck, and keep your diabetes tightly controlled! ...Read more

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We think we just put novolog in the levemir (insulin detemir) bottle we have no more levemir (insulin detemir).... Is the levemir (insulin detemir) ruined it was 10 units..

We think we just put novolog in the levemir (insulin detemir) bottle we have no more levemir (insulin detemir).... Is the levemir (insulin detemir) ruined it was 10 units..

Novolog is rapid: Acting ; is used to cover sugars that are elevated pre meals, when you mix the two you could get reaction- do not use the mixture you now have. ...Read more

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Changing insulin from humalog (insulin lispro) to novolog - any effect?

Changing insulin from humalog (insulin lispro) to novolog - any effect?

Congratulations: Great move. Well, NovoLog is quicker acting but also quicker getting out of your system. So make sure you eat as soon as you inject. As with any insulin, proper close titration is necessary to avoid hypoglycemia and wild fluctuations in your sugar levels. Overall, best short acting Insulin on the market at present, and the most physiologic. ...Read more

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I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

Eye on sugar: Hi. Sooner or later, it happens to most insulin users. It would have been more dangerous had you injected Novolog instead of Levemir (insulin detemir), (insulin detemir) because Novolog hits with a bang, and hypoglycemia risk would be much higher for 6-7 hours. As it is, your risk is much lower for hypoglycemia having taken Levemir (insulin detemir) by accident. It won't cover your meal well at all. Follow your sugars more for next 16-20 hours. ...Read more

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Insulin (Definition)

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Novolin (Definition)

Novolin is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of ...Read more