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General Information on Dosing With NPH Insulin

Considerations for people taking NPH insulin include the following:
 
  • This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously), usually once or twice a day. There are many different strategies for dosing NPH insulin and other insulins; be sure to follow your healthcare provider's recommendations.
     
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject NPH insulin. It can be injected into the skin and fat layer of the abdomen (stomach), upper arm, or thigh.
     
  • NPH insulin comes in vials and prefilled disposable pen devices.
     
  • Because NPH insulin is a suspension, you must shake or roll the vial (or invert the injection device several times) until the insulin looks uniformly cloudy.
     
  • For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as directed. Make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider recommends. Even though NPH insulin is available without a prescription, it should not be used without a healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your NPH insulin dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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