"What is the diabetes medication insulin and how does it work?
Insulin is a hormone that is produced by certain cells in the pancreas called beta cells. Insulin helps the body use blood glucose (a type of sugar) for energy. When we e"...
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.
Additional Novolin R Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Find tips and advances in treatment.