Insulin Drug Information
By helping the cells of the body remove glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream, insulin helps to keep blood sugar levels under control. However, many people who have diabetes are not able to produce enough of this hormone for the body to function properly. These people may have to take one or more insulin medications to help keep blood sugar within normal levels. For example, some people may need a longer-acting insulin to provide a basal insulin level throughout the day and another one to control blood sugar levels after meals.
Before starting treatment with insulin, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on any other drugs you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, as well as any allergies you may have, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Possible side effects of insulin may include weight gain and reactions at the injection site.
(For more information on this drug, click Insulin. This article takes an in-depth look at other potential side effects, dosing guidelines, what to do in cases of overdose, and more.)