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Excess insulin administration may cause hypoglycemia and, particularly when given intravenously, hypokalemia. Mild episodes of hypoglycemia usually can be treated with oral glucose. Adjustments in drug dosage, meal patterns, or exercise, may be needed. More severe episodes with coma, seizure, or neurologic impairment may be treated with intramuscular/subcutaneous glucagon or concentrated intravenous glucose. Sustained carbohydrate intake and observation may be necessary because hypoglycemia may recur after apparent clinical recovery. Hypokalemia must be corrected appropriately.
NovoLog is contraindicated
- during episodes of hypoglycemia
- in patients with hypersensitivity to NovoLog or one of its excipients.
Last reviewed on RxList: 3/26/2013
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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