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Humulin 50/50 Uses

Using It Without a Prescription

Many people are surprised to learn that many insulin medications are available without a prescription. Regular human insulin, NPH insulin, and mixtures of the two types (such as Humulin 50/50) do not require a prescription (although they are stored "behind the counter" in the pharmacy because they must be refrigerated). However, newer forms of insulin require a prescription. If you would like your insurance (or Medicaid or Medicare Part D) to cover Humulin 50/50, you will need a prescription from your healthcare provider.
 
Even though you don't need a prescription for Humulin 50/50, it is very important that you use it only under your healthcare provider's supervision. Insulin is a potent and potentially dangerous drug. Taking too much can easily result in death (see Humulin 50/50 Overdose). You should not take Humulin 50/50 if you do not have diabetes, as this can be extremely dangerous. People without diabetes sometimes abuse insulin (often in combination with steroids) in an attempt to enhance athletic performance.
 

How Does It Work?

Insulin is a hormone that is naturally produced by the pancreas. This hormone is important for several functions, such as controlling blood sugar levels. Insulin helps the cells of your body remove glucose ("sugar") from your bloodstream. This sugar fuels your body's cells, giving them the energy they need to work properly. You may need to take insulin if your pancreas has trouble making enough insulin, which is the case for people with type 1 diabetes and for some people who have type 2 diabetes.
 
Humulin 50/50 contains two different insulins, one that is short-acting (regular insulin) and one that is intermediate-acting (NPH insulin). It starts working quickly and continues to work for several hours.
 
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