Compare Apidra vs. Human insulin

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(Insulin Glulisine)

(Human Insulin)

Coming soon.Lowers blood sugar. This form of insulin is one of the few medications in its class that you can get without a prescription, but it's expensive.
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Side effects
ApidraHuman insulin

We haven’t found good data for Apidra side effects.

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The Human insulin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
ApidraHuman insulin
Coming soon.Insulin is a hormone normally produced by your pancreas. It helps your body absorb and store sugar and fat from your bloodstream.
Type of medication
ApidraHuman insulin
Coming soon.
Prescription only
Available as
ApidraHuman insulin
  • Injection
  • Injection
  • Inhaler
Used for (click to learn more)
ApidraHuman insulin
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1 Diabetes mellitus type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
ApidraHuman insulin
Coming soon.
        Detailed Humulin (Human Insulin) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
        ApidraHuman insulin
        CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        See the FDA package insert
        BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

        Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

        See the FDA package insert
        No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
        No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
        No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
        No specific weight-related info.
        • People on Humulin (Human Insulin) can experience weight gain. Talk to your doctor or dietitian about changing your diet if this bothers you.
        Upsides and benefits
        ApidraHuman insulin
        Coming soon.
        • Some types of this medication are available without a prescription.
        • Available as a shot to be injected into the fatty part of the skin, and as a powder to be inhaled through your nose.
        • Available in different combinations so that you can do one shot or multiple shots a day.
        Downsides and risks
        ApidraHuman insulin
        Coming soon.
        • Has to be taken exactly as directed or it can cause high or low blood sugar.
        • As with all insulins, you have to work with your doctor closely to make sure you're giving yourself the correct dose, or you can have low or high blood sugar.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        ApidraHuman insulin
        Coming soon.
        • Change the location where you give yourself the shot every time.
        • Don't use if the liquid in the vial looks different than normal.
        • Store the unopened vials in the refrigerator. The used vials can be kept at room temperature for up to 28 days.
        • Take the medication exactly how your doctor tells you to.
        • Know the symptoms of low blood sugar.
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