Novolin 70/30 Uses
Novolin 70/30 is used for treating diabetes. It is a combination insulin medication that works to help control blood sugar levels in adults with diabetes. It contains an intermediate-acting insulin (NPH insulin) and a short-acting insulin (regular insulin), and is typically used twice a day, before meals. Healthcare providers may occasionally recommend off-label Novolin 70/30 uses as well, such as treating gestational diabetes.
What Is Novolin 70/30 Used For?
Novolin® 70/30 (NPH insulin/regular insulin) is an insulin medication approved for the treatment of diabetes. It is a mixture of two different insulin medications: a short-acting insulin (Novolin R, regular insulin) and an intermediate-acting insulin (Novolin N, NPH insulin). It is usually used before meals, typically just two times a day.
Using Novolin 70/30 Without a Prescription
Many people are surprised to learn that many insulin medications are available over-the-counter (without a prescription). Regular human insulin, NPH insulin, and mixtures of the two types (such as Novolin 70/30) do not require a prescription, even though they are stored "behind the counter" in the pharmacy, since they must be refrigerated. Newer forms of insulin require a prescription. In addition, if you would like your insurance (or Medicaid or Medicare Part D) to cover Novolin 70/30, you will need a prescription from your healthcare provider.
Even though you don't typically need a prescription for Novolin 70/30, it is important that you use it only under your healthcare provider's supervision. Insulin is a potent and potentially dangerous drug. Taking too much can easily result in death (see Novolin 70/30 Overdose). You should not take Novolin 70/30 if you do not have diabetes, as this can be extremely dangerous. People without diabetes sometimes abuse insulin (often in combination with steroids) in an attempt to enhance athletic performance.