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There is no standard dose of Novolin R that will work for all people or even for the same person in all situations. Before making a dosage recommendation, your healthcare provider will take into account several factors. For example, your current dose of other insulins, other medical conditions you may have, and the carbohydrate content of your meals will all play a role in your Novolin R dosage.

Novolin R Dosage: An Introduction

The dose of Novolin® R (regular insulin) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • How you respond to Novolin R (especially as measured by your blood sugar levels)
  • Your current dose of other insulins
  • The carbohydrate content of your meals
  • Other medications you are taking, including other diabetes medications
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.

Novolin R Dosing Guidelines

Insulin dosing (including Novolin R dosing) must be individualized. This means that there is no one "standard" Novolin R dose that will work for all people or even for the same person in all situations. Novolin R is used to control the rise in blood sugar due to meals. It begins working within 30 to 60 minutes, peaks between 50 and 120 minutes, and lasts for 5 to 8 hours (although there may be considerable variation depending on the particular individual). Your healthcare provider should provide you with specific guidelines for your Novolin R dosage, with instructions about what exactly to do in various situations.
You may be asked to measure your blood sugar before and after meals, and your healthcare provider may recommend carbohydrate counting. Both of these things can help you and your healthcare provider know how to dose your Novolin R. In general, smaller doses of Novolin R are necessary if you are going to eat a meal with a low carbohydrate content, while larger doses are necessary for meals with a high carbohydrate content.
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