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Humulin 70/30 Warnings and Precautions

Before using Humulin 70/30, precautions and warnings for the medication (as well as instructions on how to inject the drug) should be reviewed with your healthcare provider. It is important to be aware that low blood sugar is the most common and usually most serious side effect of insulins, including Humulin 70/30. You should not use Humulin 70/30 if you currently have low blood sugar.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Humulin 70/30?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Humulin® 70/30 (NPH insulin/regular insulin) if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver failure
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Humulin 70/30 include the following:
  • Humulin 70/30 cannot be used in pumps, injected into a muscle, or used in an IV. Also, do not mix Humulin 70/30 together with any other type of insulin in the same syringe.
  • Different types of insulin act differently, even when used at exactly the same doses. Therefore, your insulin dosage may need to be adjusted when you switch from any other type of insulin.
  • Low blood sugar is the most common (and usually most serious) side effect of insulin medications, including Humulin 70/30. Make sure you and those around you know how to identify the warning signs for low blood sugar and how to respond. You must test your blood sugar levels regularly while taking Humulin 70/30 or any other insulin. Low blood sugar levels can be a life-threatening problem.
  • Liver and kidney problems may affect your Humulin 70/30 dosage. Also, changes in diet or exercise, illness, or stress may affect your blood sugar levels in such a way that your dosage needs to be adjusted.
  • This diabetes medication can potentially interact with several other medications (see Humulin 70/30 Drug Interactions).
  • It is not known if Humulin 70/30 passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Humulin 70/30 and Breastfeeding).
  • Humulin 70/30 is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means it is probably safe for use during pregnancy (see Humulin 70/30 and Pregnancy).
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