Compare Apidra vs. Human Insulin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Apidra
(insulin glulisine)

Humulin
(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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Have you used Apidra (insulin glulisine)?
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Reviews for Human Insulin
67%
+33% better vs. Apidra
46%
+54% better vs. Apidra
11%
+11% better vs. Apidra
Have you used Humulin (human insulin)?
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Side effects
ApidraHuman Insulin

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

FDA side effect reports for Apidra »

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
Prescription only
Available as
ApidraHuman Insulin
  • Injection
  • Injection
  • Inhaler
Used for
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

      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.

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

      Weight
      ApidraHuman Insulin
      No 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.
      Learn more
      More about ApidraSide effectsReviews & ratingsFDA package insert
      Have you used Apidra (insulin glulisine)?
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      Have you used Humulin (human insulin)?
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