Your healthcare provider will help you get started with insulin pump dosing. For most people, information about their current insulin dosages (if they are already on insulin) will be used to determine a starting point for the initial dosing. Your healthcare provider will work with you intensively to help you get started, especially in the first few days.
Because insulin pumps provide insulin, they can cause any of the usual insulin side effects. Possible side effects include but are not limited to:
- Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia)
- High blood sugar (hyperglycemia), especially if the tubing comes out and you do not realize it
- Infection or irritation at the needle or cannula site in the skin.
(Click Insulin Pump Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Talk with your healthcare provider prior to using the device if you have:
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Vision problems that would prevent you from properly programming or using a pump
- Problems with manual dexterity that would prevent you from properly programming or using a pump
- Hearing problems that would prevent you from hearing the pump alarms
- An unwillingness to check your blood sugar often
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
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 Insulin Pump Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not use an insulin pump.)