Compare Human Insulin vs. Novolog
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
This form of insulin is one of the few medications in its class that you can get without a prescription, but it's expensive.
Novolog (insulin aspart) is a fast-acting insulin that provides meal-time blood sugar control. For long-term control, you'll need to take Novolog (insulin aspart) with other medicines to keep your overall blood sugar down.
- 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.
- When used correctly, this medication will l lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful, long-term effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
- You can easily change the dose of Novolog (insulin aspart) to fit your individual needs.
- Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
- Can use Novolog (insulin aspart) even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike many other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
- 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.
- Have to take insulin by injection.
- Might have to check your blood sugar multiple times a day, usually before each meal.
- Novolog (insulin aspart) is likely to cause moderate weight gain.
- Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes compared to other kinds of diabetes medications.
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- Changes in blood sugar
- Changes in skin appearance
- Weight gain
- Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
- Insulin dose too high
- Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
- Poor injection techniques
- Changes in meal pattern or exercise
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Complications due to low potassium
- Use of medications that lower potassium
- Current imbalance of electrolytes
- Severe allergic reactions
- Allergy to insulin