Humulin N Dosage
There is no standard Humulin N dosage that will work for all people or even for the same person in all situations. The medication is typically taken once or twice a day. Some people take their dose of Humulin N before the morning and evening meals, while others may need to take it at bedtime.
The dose of Humulin® N (NPH insulin) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your current dose of other insulins
- Other medications you are taking, including other diabetes medications
- How you respond to Humulin N (especially as measured by your blood sugar levels)
- The carbohydrate content of your meals
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
There is no "standard" Humulin N dose that will work for all people or even for the same person in all situations. Humulin N is used to control blood sugar throughout the day and is typically taken once or twice daily. In general, people usually take Humulin N before the morning and evening meals, but this is not always the case. Sometimes, bedtime dosing is recommended.
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 Humulin N. There are several different strategies for dosing insulin; be sure to follow your healthcare provider's recommendations.
Considerations for people taking Humulin N include the following:
- This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously), usually once or twice a day.
- Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject Humulin N. It can be injected into the skin and fat layer of the abdomen (stomach), upper arm, or thigh.
- Humulin N comes in vials or pens. To use the pens, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Each time you inject Humulin N, you need to use a new needle. To use Humulin N from the vial, you will need insulin syringes (with needles).
- Because the medication is a suspension, you must shake or roll the vial (or roll and invert the pen) until the insulin looks uniformly cloudy.
- If you use the vials, Humulin N can be mixed with Humulin R (regular human insulin) in the same syringe. Be sure to draw up the Humulin R first. The pens do not allow for mixing.
- For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as directed. Make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider recommends. Even though Humulin N is available without a prescription, it should not be used without a healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your Humulin N dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.