"Miriam E. Tucker
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Humulin R Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is insulin regular (Humulin R)?
- What are the possible side effects of insulin regular (Humulin R)?
- What is the most important information I should know about insulin regular (Humulin R)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using insulin regular (Humulin R)?
- How should I use insulin regular (Humulin R)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Humulin R)?
- What happens if I overdose (Humulin R)?
- What should I avoid while using insulin regular (Humulin R)?
- What other drugs will affect insulin regular (Humulin R)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Humulin R)?
Since insulin regular is used before meals or snacks, you may not be on a timed dosing schedule. Whenever you use insulin regular, be sure to eat a meal or snack within 15 to 30 minutes. Do not use extra insulin to make up a missed dose.
It is important to keep insulin regular on hand at all times. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
What happens if I overdose (Humulin R)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An insulin overdose can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia.
Symptoms of severe hypoglycemia include extreme weakness, blurred vision, sweating, trouble speaking, tremors, stomach pain, confusion, and seizure (convulsions).
What should I avoid while using insulin regular (Humulin R)?
Do not change the brand of insulin regular or syringe you are using without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Avoid drinking alcohol. Your blood sugar may become dangerously low if you drink alcohol while using insulin regular.
What other drugs will affect insulin regular (Humulin R)?
Using certain medicines can make it harder for you to tell when you have low blood sugar. Tell your doctor if you use any of the following:
- albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin);
- clonidine (Catapres);
- reserpine; or
- beta-blockers such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Dutoprol, Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), and others.
These lists are not complete and there are many other medicines that can increase or decrease the effects of insulin on lowering your blood sugar. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over the counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about insulin regular.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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