There is no standard Apidra dosage that is right for everyone, or even for the same person in all situations. Your dose will depend on certain factors, such as how you respond to Apidra and other medications you are taking. In general, a lower Apidra dose is necessary after meals with a low carbohydrate content, while higher doses are necessary after meals with a high carbohydrate content.
Apidra Dosage: An IntroductionThe dose of Apidra® (insulin glulisine) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Apidra (especially as measured by your blood sugar levels)
- Your current dose of other insulins
- Other medications you are taking, including other diabetes medications
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Apidra Dosing GuidelinesApidra is used to control blood sugar after meals. It can be taken any time from 15 minutes before a meal to 20 minutes after starting it. Once you have taken a dose, you must start eating within 15 minutes. Otherwise, you may experience dangerously low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia).
Apidra is dosed much like any other rapid-acting insulin. That means there is no single "standard" dose that will work for everyone, or even for the same person in all situations. You may be asked to measure your blood sugar before and after meals, and your healthcare provider may recommend carbohydrate counting.
Both of these things can help you and your healthcare provider know how to dose your Apidra. In general, smaller doses of Apidra are necessary after meals with a low carbohydrate content, while larger doses are necessary after meals with a high carbohydrate content.