General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
- This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) immediately before a meal (within 5 or 10 minutes before you start eating). Alternatively, it can be used in an insulin pump or can be given by IV.
- Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject NovoLog. It can be injected into the skin and fat layer of the abdomen (stomach), upper arm, or thigh. Choose one of these three areas, and rotate injection sites within your chosen area.
- NovoLog comes in vials, cartridges (for use in certain pen devices), and in the FlexPen® and FlexTouch® pen. To use the pen devices, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Each time you inject NovoLog, you need to use a new needle. To use NovoLog from the vial, you will need insulin syringes (with needles).
- Because the medicine is a solution, not a suspension, you don't need to shake or swirl it.
- Check with your healthcare provider before mixing NovoLog with any other insulins in the same syringe. If you do mix it with other insulins, be sure to draw up NovoLog into the syringe first (and the other insulin second).
- For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it. Make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider recommends.
The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The carbohydrate content of your meals
- How you respond to NovoLog (especially as measured by your blood sugar levels)
- Your current dose of other insulins
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click NovoLog Dosage for more information.)