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General Information on Your Insulin Dose

Some considerations for people taking insulin include the following:
 
  • Currently, insulin must be taken by injection just under the skin (subcutaneously), using insulin pumps, or in an IV (only in certain situations). At one point, inhaled insulin (Exubera®) was available, but it has been taken off the market due to low sales.
     
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject insulin. It can be injected into the skin and fat layer of the abdomen (stomach), upper arm, or thigh.
     
  • Some insulins come in a suspension that settles with time. These insulins must be shaken or rolled to "re-suspend" the insulin. Make sure to follow the instructions for your particular insulin product.
     
  • Some insulins can be mixed with other insulins in the same syringe, while others cannot. Do not mix insulins unless you are certain that you can safely do so.
     
  • 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 some forms of insulin are available without a prescription, you should not use any insulin medication without a healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your insulin dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
     
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