NovoLog is used for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is a rapid-acting insulin that is injected 5 to 10 minutes before eating to help control the blood sugar spike that occurs after meals. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label NovoLog uses, such as for treating gestational diabetes. The medication is approved for use in both adults and children.
What Is NovoLog Used For? -- An OverviewNovoLog® (insulin aspart) is a form of insulin used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes. This medication is rapid-acting and is used to control blood sugar after meals. It starts working more quickly, produces a higher peak, and stops working more quickly than regular human insulin.
NovoLog can also be used in an insulin pump or can be given by IV.
This article refers to plain NovoLog. NovoLog is also available in combination with an intermediate-acting insulin (NovoLog Mix 70/30 or NovoLog Mix 50/50).
NovoLog Uses for Type 1 DiabetesAlthough type 1 diabetes usually begins in childhood or adolescence, this is not always the case. With this type of diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. This means that people with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin on a regular basis to help keep their blood sugar at the right level.
In healthy people without diabetes, insulin levels do not stay the same throughout the day; instead, they fluctuate in response to changes in blood sugar levels. 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 rapid-acting insulin, such as NovoLog, 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. A longer-acting insulin is added to provide a basal insulin level (a relatively steady background level of insulin throughout the day).
If you use NovoLog in an insulin pump, you do not need to take a long-acting insulin.