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Novolin 70/30 Warnings and Precautions

If you have liver or kidney disease, tell your healthcare provider before you use Novolin 70/30. Warnings and precautions for this insulin medication should also be discussed with your healthcare provider, as it is important to know what side effects may occur and which medications may interact with it. You should not use Novolin 70/30 if you currently have low blood sugar.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Novolin 70/30?

Talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Novolin® 70/30 (NPH insulin/regular insulin) if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (known medically as renal failure)
  • Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, or liver failure (known medically as hepatic failure)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings for Novolin 70/30

Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Novolin 70/30 include the following:
  • Different types of insulin act differently, even when used at exactly the same doses. Therefore, your dosage may need to be adjusted when you switch from any other type of insulin.
  • Novolin 70/30 cannot be used in pumps, injected into a muscle, or used in an IV. Also, do not mix Novolin 70/30 with any other type of insulin in the same syringe.
  • Even though Novolin 70/30 is available without a prescription, it should be used only with your healthcare provider's approval and supervision. Using this medication inappropriately can be lethal.
  • Low blood sugar is the most common (and usually most serious) side effect of insulin medications. Make sure you and those around you know how to identify your warning signs for low blood sugar and how to respond. You must test your blood sugar levels regularly while taking Novolin 70/30 or any other insulin. Low blood sugar levels can be a life-threatening problem.
  • Liver and kidney problems may affect your Novolin 70/30 dosage. Also, changes in diet or exercise, illness, or stress may affect your blood sugar levels in such a way that your dosage needs to be adjusted.
  • This diabetes medication can potentially interact with several other medications (see Novolin 70/30 Drug Interactions).
  • It is not known if Novolin 70/30 passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Novolin 70/30 and Breastfeeding).
  • Novolin 70/30 is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means it is probably safe for use during pregnancy (see Novolin 70/30 and Pregnancy).
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