Novolin R Uses
Novolin R can help control blood sugar levels in people who have type 1 diabetes or, in some cases, type 2 diabetes. This type of insulin is a short-acting insulin and is used to control the spike in blood sugar after meals. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label Novolin R uses, such as for treating dangerously high potassium levels. Novolin R is approved for use in both adults and children.
Novolin® R (regular insulin) is a form of insulin used to help control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This medication is short-acting and is used to control the rise in blood sugar due to meals.
There are a few different ways to use Novolin R. In order to mimic the natural insulin changes that help keep blood sugar safely controlled, many healthcare providers recommend "basal-bolus" insulin regimens. These regimens often involve a long-acting or intermediate-acting insulin to provide a basal insulin level (a relatively steady background level of insulin throughout the day). A short-acting insulin (such as Novolin R) or a rapid-acting insulin is added to provide the bolus (a quick, fast-acting, short-lived dose of insulin) to handle the sudden rise in blood sugar levels that follows each meal.
Although most people take Novolin R as an injection just under the skin, regular insulin (such as Novolin R) is the only type of insulin that can also be given intravenously (by IV).
You might be surprised to learn that many insulin medications are available over the counter (without a prescription). Regular human insulin (such as Novolin R), NPH insulin (such as Novolin N), and mixtures of the two types do not require a prescription, even though they are stored "behind the counter" in the pharmacy (as they must be refrigerated). Newer forms of insulin require a prescription. If you would like your insurance (or Medicaid or Medicare Part D) to cover Novolin R, you will need a prescription from your healthcare provider.
Even though you don't need a prescription for Novolin R, it is very 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 R Overdose). You should not take Novolin R 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.