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Novolog

(Insulin Aspart)

  • Injection
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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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Novolog (Insulin Aspart)

From clinical trials of Novolog / Type 1 diabetes (Novolog + NPH) ( 596)

  • HeadacheHeadache12% for Novolog vs.0% for placebo
  • Injury accidentalInjury accidental11% for Novolog vs.0% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea7% for Novolog vs.0% for placebo
  • DiarrheaDiarrhea5% for Novolog vs.0% for placebo

What to expect when you take Novolog (Insulin Aspart)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Novolog (Insulin Aspart)

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Food
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • You have to check your blood sugar multiple times every day, usually before each meal.
  • Novolog is a fast-acting insulin that provides sugar control after meals.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.
Kidneys & liver
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
Weight gain or loss
  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.