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There are several factors can cause a person to overdose on Humulin 50/50, including misjudging how much insulin you need or inaccurately measuring a dose. An overdose can cause low blood sugar levels, which can be dangerous and even lethal. Seek medical attention immediately if you think you may have taken too much Humulin 50/50. Overdose treatment will likely involve supportive care.

Humulin 50/50 Overdose: An Introduction

As of July 2009, Eli Lilly and Company decided to stop producing Humulin 50/50 due to low product demand. It was initially estimated that current supplies of the medication may last until April 2010, but the supplies have appeared to have run out earlier than expected (as of December 2009). If you are currently taking Humulin 50/50, your healthcare provider will need to switch you to one of the other types of insulin.


Humulin® 50/50 (NPH insulin/regular insulin) is an insulin medication used to treat diabetes. An overdose on this medication can be lethal, as can an overdose with any type of insulin. The specific effects of a Humulin 50/50 overdose may vary, depending on a number of factors. Some of these factors include the dosage, dietary or exercise changes, and whether Humulin 50/50 was taken with any other medications or substances.
An overdose of Humulin 50/50 can be caused by several factors, such as inaccurately measuring a dose or misjudging how much insulin is needed. Also, not eating after taking a dose of Humulin 50/50 may result in overdose symptoms, even if an appropriate dosage was taken.
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