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Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart if you have:
  • Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart Work?

Insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart is a form of insulin, which 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 in people with type 1 diabetes and in some people who have type 2 diabetes.
Normally, your body is able to maintain proper levels of sugar in your blood and inside your cells. However, in people with type 1 diabetes (and sometimes type 2 diabetes), the pancreas has trouble making insulin. This causes too much sugar to accumulate in the blood. Too much sugar can also accumulate in the blood if your body has trouble responding to normal levels of insulin, as is common in type 2 diabetes. Over time, high levels of sugar in the blood can lead to serious health problems in the eyes, feet, hands, kidneys, and heart.
Insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart contains two different insulins, one that is rapid-acting and one that is intermediate-acting. It starts working quickly (due to the rapid-acting insulin) and continues to work for several hours (due to the intermediate-acting insulin).
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