Generic Name(s): insulin isophane and insulin regular
Drug Class: Insulin
Humulin is a combination of insulin isophane and insulin regular. Insulin isophane and insulin regular are responsible for lowering sugar level in the body. Humulin helps to improve blood glucose control in diabetic patients. Insulin isophane works by stimulating insulin production while insulin regular increases the response to insulin in the blood.
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Humulin is used hand in hand with a diet and exercise program to control high blood pressure in patients with diabetes. insulin regular, a content of Humulin, is a sulfonylurea that works by stimulating the production of insulin that reduces the amount of blood sugar in the liver. insulin isophane as well works by decreasing the amount of sugar produced and absorbed in the blood. Humulin's main use to control diabetes, preventing more serious side effects for the patient. Humulin can help prevent:
- kidney damage
- nerve problems
- loss of limb
- heart attack
Dosage of Humulin depends on the individual and the condition being treated. You should always use medication precisely as your doctor prescribes it. Humulin is a self-injected medication. Your doctor or a health professional will show you how to properly administer your Humulin dosage. Be sure to ask if you have any questions. Below you will find a typical dosage of Humulin.
- Initial treatment: 2.5 mg/250 mg once a day with food
- If fasting plasma glucose = 280-320 mg/dL: 2.5/500 mg twice a day.
- Titrate twice a week to less than 10/2000 mg per day in divided dose.
- 2nd-line treatment: Start at 2.5/500 mg or 5/500 mg twice a day with food.
Humulin Side Effects
Like any drug, Humulin may cause side effects. If you experience any severe or persistent side effects, you should contact your doctor. Mild side effects should dissipate with time. If you are worried about any side effect, you should speak to a medical professional. Below you will find a list of side effects associated with Humulin. Note that not all possible side effects are listed here.
- mild stomach pain
- stomach upset
- sore or scratchy throat
- stuffy or runny nose
Severe side effects of Humulin include:
- chest pain
- difficulty breathing
- persistent sore throat
- fast heartbeat
Most drugs cause interaction with Humulin. The effect of drug interaction can lower the average functions of Humulin drug. You should share a full list of any medications you are taking with your doctor to ensure that none of them will cause an interaction. A list of drugs that can interact with Humulin include the following. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.
- Beta-blockers (metoprolol, propranolol, glaucoma, timolol)
- Anticoagulants (warfarin)
- azole antifungals (miconazole)
- quinolone antibiotics (ciprofloxacin)
- salicylates (aspirin)
- Sulfonamides (sulfamethoxazole)
- thiazolidinediones (pioglitazone)
- corticosteroids (prednisone, diazoxide)
- Diuretics (furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide)
- phenothiazines (chlorpromazine)