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Humulin 50-50

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Humulin 50-50

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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

INSULIN HUMAN ISOPHANE SUSPENSION 50/REGULAR 50 - INJECTION

(IN-sue-lin HYOO-muhn EYE-sew-fane)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Humulin 50-50

USES: Combination isophane/regular insulin is used with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

This man-made insulin product is the same as human insulin. It replaces the insulin that your body would normally make. It is a mixture of 50% intermediate-acting insulin (isophane) and 50% short-acting insulin (regular). It starts to work as quickly as regular insulin but lasts longer. This insulin product works by helping blood sugar (glucose) get into cells so your body can use it for energy. This product may be used alone or with other oral diabetes drugs (such as metformin).

HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using combination isophane/regular insulin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor, diabetes educator, or pharmacist.

Learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional and the product package.

Before using, gently roll the vial or cartridge, turning it upside down and right side up 10 times to mix the medication. Do not shake the container. Check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the insulin. Combination isophane/regular insulin should look evenly cloudy/milky after mixing. Do not use if you see clumps of white material, a "frosty" appearance, or particles stuck to the sides of the vial or cartridge.

Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin and to avoid developing problems under the skin (lipodystrophy). Inject this medication under the skin as directed by your doctor, usually once or twice a day. Because this insulin product contains a short-acting insulin, not eating right after a dose of this insulin may lead to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This insulin product may be injected in the stomach area, the thigh, the buttocks, or the back of the upper arm. Do not inject into a vein or muscle because very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may occur. Do not rub the area after the injection. Do not inject into skin that is red, swollen, or itchy. Do not inject cold insulin because this can be painful. The insulin container you are currently using can be kept at room temperature (see also Storage section).

This product should not be mixed with any other insulin.

Do not change brands or types of insulin without directions on how to do so from your doctor.

Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Measure each dose very carefully because even small changes in the amount of insulin may have a large effect on your blood sugar levels.

Check your urine/blood sugar level as directed by your doctor. Keep track of your results and share them with your doctor. This is very important in order to determine the correct insulin dose.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.

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