Novolin 70/30 Side Effects
Skin pitting or thickening at the injection site and redness or itching at the injection site are side effects that may occur with Novolin 70/30. Side effects of the insulin medication are usually minor, but some are more serious and require immediate medical attention. Some of these potentially serious side effects include labored breathing, cold sweats, and increased urination.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Novolin® 70/30 (NPH insulin/regular insulin). While some of the side effects of Novolin 70/30 are relatively minor, some side effects are dangerous.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Novolin 70/30. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Novolin 70/30 side effects with you.)
Like any insulin, Novolin 70/30 can cause the following side effects:
- Skin pitting or thickening at the site of the injection
- A skin reaction at the site of the injection (such as itching, redness, or a temporary lump)
- Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia).
Some Novolin 70/30 side effects, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. Some of the warning signs of these side effects include:
- Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), caused by prolonged high blood sugar (if your dose is too low):
- Fruity, sweet-smelling breath
- Increased thirst and urination
- Nausea and vomiting
- Labored breathing
- Symptoms of dangerously low blood sugar, such as:
- Extreme hunger
- Blurry vision
- Changes in behavior, such as irritability or mood swings
- Loss of coordination
- Cold sweats
- Difficulty speaking
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- An unexplained rash
- Swelling of the mouth or throat
- Wheezing or other difficulty breathing.
Be sure those around you (such as relatives, friends, and coworkers) know how to recognize and respond to your particular signs of low blood sugar, since you may be too confused or disoriented to recognize and adequately respond. Different people may have different signs of low blood sugar.