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Adverse events commonly associated with human insulin therapy include the following:
Body as Whole - Allergic reactions (see PRECAUTIONS, Allergy).
Skin and Appendages - Injection site reaction, lipodystrophy, pruritus, rash (see PRECAUTIONS, Allergy).
Other - Hypoglycemia, Hyperglycemia and ketosis (see PRECAUTIONS)
Read the Novolin R (recombinant dna origin) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
A number of substances affect glucose metabolism and may require insulin dose adjustment and particularly close monitoring.
- The following are examples of substances that may reduce insulin requirement: oral hypoglycemic agents (OHA), octreotide, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), non-selective beta-blocking agents, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, salicylates, alcohol, sulphonamide antibiotics, anabolic steroids, quinine, quinidine and alpha-adrenergic blocking agents.
- The following are examples of substances that may increase insulin requirement: oral contraceptives thiazides, glucocorticoids, thryroid hormones and sympathomimetics, growth hormone, diazoxide, asparaginase and nicotinic acid.
- Beta-blocking agents may mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia and delay recovery from hypoglycemia.
- Alcohol may intensify and prolong the hypoglycemic effect of insulin
Mixing of Insulins
- Novolin R (recombinant dna origin) should only be mixed as directed by the physician.
- Novolin R (recombinant dna origin) is a short-acting insulin and is often used in combination with intermediate- or long-acting insulins.
- The order of mixing and brand or model of syringe should be specified by the physician. A U-100 insulin syringe should always be used. Failure to use the correct syringe can lead to dosage errors.
- In general, when a longer-acting insulin (e.g. NPH insulin isophane suspensions) is mixed with short-acting soluble insulin (e.g., regular), the short-acting insulin should be drawn into the syringe first
Read the Novolin R Drug Interactions Center for a complete guide to possible interactions
Last reviewed on RxList: 4/5/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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