Humulin 70/30 Uses
Using Humulin 70/30 Without a Prescription
Many people are surprised to learn that many insulin medications are available over the counter (without a prescription). Regular human insulin, NPH insulin, and mixtures of the two types (such as Humulin 70/30) do not require a prescription (even though they are stored "behind the counter" in the pharmacy, since they must be refrigerated). Newer forms of insulin require a prescription. If you would like your insurance (or Medicaid or Medicare Part D) to cover Humulin 70/30, you will need a prescription from your healthcare provider.
Even though you don't need a prescription for Humulin 70/30, 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 70/30 Overdose). You should not take Humulin 70/30 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. 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 70/30 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.