Compare Precose vs. Humalog

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Precose
(acarbose)

Humalog
(insulin lispro)

Coming soon.Lowers blood sugar. Humalog is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.
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Reviews for Precose (acarbose)
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Reviews for Humalog (insulin lispro)
64%
-36% worse vs. Precose (acarbose)
50%
-50% worse vs. Precose (acarbose)
16%
-16% worse vs. Precose (acarbose)
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Side effects
PrecoseHumalog

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

FDA side effect reports for Precose »
  • Flu syndrome 35%
  • Sore throat 33%
  • Headache 30%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 25%
  • Pain 20%
  • Cough increased 17%
  • Infection 14%
  • Accidental injury 9%
  • Diarrhea 9%
  • Muscle weakness 7%
More Humalog side effects »
How it works
PrecoseHumalog
Coming soon.Humalog is a short-acting insulin medicine for diabetes. It acts like the insulin that your body normally makes to process sugars and fats, and it keeps your blood sugar stable after meals.
Type of medication
PrecoseHumalog
Prescription only
Available as
PrecoseHumalog
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for
PrecoseHumalog
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
PrecoseHumalog
    Coming soon.
    • Insulin dose too high
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Poor injection techniques
    • Unstable kidney functions
    • Unstable liver functions
    Detailed Humalog (insulin lispro) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

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

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

    Food
    PrecoseHumalog
    No food related info.
    • Short-acting insulin good for blood sugar control around meal times.
    Kidneys and liver
    PrecoseHumalog
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
    Weight
    PrecoseHumalog
    No weight related info.
    • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
    • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
    Upsides and benefits
    PrecoseHumalog
    Coming soon
    • Insulin is the most effective blood sugar-lowering medicine. When used correctly, it'll lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
    • Humalog is a fast-acting insulin that provides sugar control after meals.
    • Dose can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body.
    • Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
    • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
    Downsides and risks
    PrecoseHumalog
    Coming soon
    • You have to take insulin by injection.
    • You have to check your blood sugar multiple times every day, usually before each meal.
    • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
    • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of diabetes medicines.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    PrecoseHumalog
    Coming soon
    • Short-acting insulin good for blood sugar control around meal times.
    • Take 5 to 10 minutes before a meal. Effects last for 2-4 hours.
    • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
    • Make sure you and your family know the symptoms of low blood sugar: sweating, shakiness, weakness, fast heartbeat, nervousness, headache, blurry vision, trouble thinking clearly, or passing out.
    • Always have a good source of sugar nearby for low blood sugar episodes.
    • Make sure you understand how to give yourself the injections.
    • When mixing with another insulin (such as insulin NPH), draw this insulin into the syringe first.
    • Don't shake the vial. Store unopened vials in the refrigerator. Opened vials are good at room temperature for 28 days.
    • Check your blood sugar levels every day.
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