Compare Apidra vs. Human Insulin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
This form of insulin is one of the few medications in its class that you can get without a prescription, but it's expensive.
- 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.
- 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.
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