Doctor insights on:
Novolin Allergy In Children
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
I teach patients how to use their insulin pens, lately I experience severe allergy everytime I deal with insulincam I allergic to insulin's (smell)?!
Control baseline: I'd need to know more about what exactly happens. From what you said, i'll presume you have nasal reactions. Mechanisms that could explain your reactions are multiple- irritation from the described "smell", contact allergy to something in the air, anxiety (sorry but possible) etc. If you can get better control the baseline allergy/nasal lining tenderness, this should be easier to assess and solve. ...Read more
I don't think so: To my knowledge there are no commercially available kits for home measurement of Insulin allergy or resistance. ...Read more
It depends: Insulin, even human recombinant, can cause allergic reactions. If rashes are severe, depending on what preparation of insulin is used, changing to another may help and taking antihistamines. If not, desensitization to insulin can be performed. To do that, you would have to see a board-certified allergist/immunologist. ...Read more
Allergy too homolog: Allergic to HumalogGet a more detailed answer ›
Is it possible that Zantac, being a histamine blocker, could cause higher histamine production when coming off of it, resulting in development of allergies? For example consuming diet soda can result in insulin spikes in some cases, possibly leading to di
No: Zantac (ranitidine) is a histamine 2 receptor reverse agonist and would not significantly affect histamine production. When withdrawn. There is a theoretical possibility that Zantac (ranitidine) itself may lead to more histamine release by blocking the histamine 2 receptor (which acts as a feedback switch) but this has not been clinically a significant issue. ...Read more
Been using Lantus (insulin glargine) since 2011, A1c 6.7. New dr wants me off to take orals, many allergies/intolerances. CKD 4, asthma, HBP. Does Insulin stop working?
No: With CKD-4, your oral choices are limited. Lantus (insulin glargine) is obviously still working well for you as your A1c is controlled and excellent at 6.7%. It depends on how much lantus (insulin glargine) you are on and whether or not you are experiencing a lot of low blood sugar. Not sure what oral choice your doctor is switching you over to but make sure he/she knows you are a diabetic pt with CKD-4. ...Read more
Similar: Humulin and novolin are made by two different companies, but they make similar products, so Humulin R would be similar to novolin r, Humulin N would be similar to novolin n. These are all "old fashion" insulins and not used very much anymore compared to humalog, novolog, lantus, Levemir (insulin detemir) insulins. ...Read more
No difference: They work the same. The name is different because they are made by different companies. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: You are basically switching from nph to another nph. They are just made by a different company. The onset of action and respond should be the same. ...Read more
No Would Avoid:
I would discuss this with your prescribing physician.
However, Novolin Insulin and Regular Insulin have been known to precipitate in catheters possibly affecting administration. This could prevent you from receiving an appropriate doseage. For this reason, I would discuss it's use in your pump with your PCP or your Endocrinologist before using. ...Read more
I'm taking novolin (insulin) n 25ml with novolin (insulin) r 10ml. My dr told me after breakfast and after dinner. Is this correct?
Ask: Medication recommendations are best clarified by the prescribing physician. Please contact your dr. Asap to verify your dosing schedule. ...Read more
Can I use (novolin (insulin) (insulin) 70/30+syringes) instead of (novolin (insulin) (insulin) 70/30 penfill + novolin (insulin) pen) since I have no prescription to buy the penfill? Thanks!
Sure: Just talk to your doc to make the switch to insulins and have them teach you to draw them up. They can send you to a diabetic educator for the teaching. ...Read more
Depends: Hi. Novolin is a trade name, meaning human insulin made by Novo Nordisk. It comes in Regular (R), which is clear like water, and NPH (N), which is a white suspension. So if it's anything OTHER than clear or white, there's something wrong. Novo's engineered insulins Novolog and Levemir) are greatly preferred over the old R and N varieties. Stay tightly controlled! Good luck! ...Read more
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
Hypoglycemia: Novolin n & Novolin R are two brands of insulin. Any time you take Insulin and don't eat, you risk hypoglycemia or low blood sugars. Depending upon how low is low, you might just feel miserable, fatigued, sweaty, heart pounding, tremors, can't think straight, etc. Or you might have a seizure, pass out, or die. Talk to your doctor about why you need novolin and what to look out for. ...Read more
Novalin long acting: Novalog short acting- I order them separately. The novalog covers your meals. ...Read more
Yes...: Yes, novolin R is a short acting insulin while novolin N is an intermediate acting insulin - so they can be used together. While these can be purchased over the counter in most states you should still be seeing a provider to discuss insulin needs. You should not start any insulin without the recommendation by a doctor who knows your history. Insulin overdoses can kill! ...Read more
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)/humulin. 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
Different timing: R is usually given about 1/2 hr prior to a meal. No longer the short acting Insulin of choice because others more effective having shorter 1/2 lives. Nph may be combined with short acting Insulin or given alone to provide later coverage. Starts to peak in ~ 4 hrs, though effect will last for several. It peaks which predisposes people to low sugars. Newer insulins replace nph for better control. ...Read more