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Side Effects of Insulin

As with any medicine, insulin can cause side effects. Possible side effects of this diabetes medication (as well as all other forms of insulin) include, but are not limited to:
  • A skin reaction at the injection site
  • Low blood sugar levels
  • Thickening or pitting of the skin at the injection site
  • Weight gain (see Insulin and Weight Gain).
(Click Insulin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Drug Interactions

Insulin can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Insulin Drug Interactions).

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Insulin?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication 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 Insulin Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
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