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When and How to Take Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart

General considerations for when and how to take insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart include the following:
 
  • This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) two or three times a day, depending on the strength. NovoLog Mix 70/30 is taken twice daily immediately before the morning and evening meals (within 15 minutes before you start eating). NovoLog Mix 50/50 is taken up to three times daily, immediately before meals (within 15 minutes before you start eating).
     
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart. It can be injected into the skin and fat layer of the abdomen (stomach), upper arm, or thigh. Choose one of these three areas, and rotate injection sites within your chosen area.
     
  • NovoLog Mix 70/30 comes in vials and prefilled FlexPen® pen injection devices; NovoLog Mix 50/50 comes in the prefilled FlexPen device and in cartridges (for use in certain refillable pen devices). To use the pen devices, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Each time you inject insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart, you need to use a new needle. To use insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart from the vial, you will need insulin syringes (with needles).
      
  • Insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart comes as a suspension that settles between doses. You must "re-suspend" the insulin before each injection. To do this, roll the FlexPen 10 times horizontally between your hands, then shake 10 times. To re-suspend the vial, roll it 10 times horizontally between your hands. Make sure the insulin is uniformly white and cloudy before injecting.
     
  • Never mix insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart with any other insulin in the same syringe.
     
  • For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart will not work if you stop taking it. Make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider recommends.
     
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