Prescription onlyClass: Endocrine

Novolog 

(insulin aspart)

Prescription onlyClass: Endocrine
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Lowers blood sugar.

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Novolog 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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Upsides

  • 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.
  • Novolog 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

Novolog 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.

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Side effect rates for Novolog (insulin aspart)

Risks and Warnings for Novolog (insulin aspart)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Insulin dose too high
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Poor injection techniques
    • Unstable kidney functions
    • Unstable liver functions

    Very low blood sugar is life-threatening. Understand how your body signals low blood sugar, which may include fast heartbeat, sweating, pale skin, feeling shaky, confusion or irritability. Make sure you have access to easy sugar sources to treat low blood sugar.

Common concerns from people taking Novolog (insulin aspart)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Novolog is a fast-acting insulin that provides sugar control after meals.
  • Short-acting insulin good for blood sugar control around meal times.
Kidneys and liver
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
Weight
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.