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What Is Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart Used For?

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).
 

Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart Uses in Children

Insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart in children.
 

Off-Label Insulin Aspart Protamine/Insulin Aspart Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart for something other than the uses discussed in this article. Using the drug to treat gestational diabetes (temporary diabetes caused by pregnancy) is an off-label insulin aspart protamine/insulin aspart use.
 
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