Compare Apidra vs. Human Insulin

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

Apidra (insulin glulisine)

Prescription only

Humulin (Human Insulin)

Prescription only
Controls blood sugar.

Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an insulin that controls blood sugar during your meals, but you'll still have to follow your doctor's diet and exercise plan.

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.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 57 reviewsforHuman Insulin
Upsides
  • Apidra (insulin glulisine) starts working in as soon as 15 minutes.
  • Programs are available to lower your copay. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Can be used in people over 65 and children 4 years of age and older.
  • 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
  • Your doctor might have to check your kidneys and liver regularly if you've had kidney or liver problems in the past.
  • Since Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an injectable, it might not be a good treatment option for people who are afraid of needles.
  • Only available as a brand name, so Apidra (insulin glulisine) can be expensive.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
  • Inhaler
Price
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Reviews
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57 
67%
think this treatment is worth it
46%
think this treatment works well
11%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Common cold
    11%
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The Humulin (Human Insulin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Low blood sugar

    Changes in diet and exercise

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Low blood potassium levels

    Taking laxatives

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Fluid buildup

    Taking Avandia or Actos

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