Apidra is a rapid-acting, safe and effective diabetes medication is used by diabetics to manage high blood sugar. It is commonly used by adults and children (under the age of four years old) with diabetes mellitus.
Apidra is commonly prescribed when oral medications and diet modifications fail to correct the condition.
Apidra should be injected subcutaneously or by external insulin pumps.
This insulin medication should be taken before 15 minutes of mealtime or within 20 minutes after starting a meal.
- Do not use Apidra if you have an allergy to insulin glulisine or if you are susceptible to low blood sugar reactions.
- Do not share syringes, pens or needles even if it has been changed. This can result in spreading serious infections.
- Do not reuse needles.
- Change injection sites in order to reduce causing skin irritations, localized cutaneous amyloidosis (skin with lumps) or lipodystrophy (thickened or pitted skin).
- Do not inject insulin medication in the same spot if its lumpy, pitted, tender, bruised, hard, scaly, thickened, hard or damaged.
- If you have any medical conditions such as kidney, liver or heart problems; or if you are pregnant, planning or breastfeeding, advise your doctor before starting Apidra.
- Advise your doctor if you are taking any other medications, herbal remedies, supplements, vitamins or OTC medicines.
- If you are taking this medication along with TZD’s (thiazolidinediones) heart failure can occur even if you have never had any history of heart failure or cardiovascular issues in the past.
- Do not change the type of insulin or dosage without consulting your doctor first. All changes should be made with supervision by a medical expert.
- If you are currently using Apidra insulin, you should carry peronal identification that states you have diabetes.
- Keep an extra supply of insulin, syringe and needle.
- Get refills from your pharmacy or fill out the insulin refill form on our site.
Your doctor may stop or alter your drug regimine if you are experiencing any symptoms including:
- heart failure
- sudden weight gain
- swelling of ankles or feet
- shortness of breath
Check the label on your insulin prior to use to ensure it’s the correct brand and type. Do not use if substance contains particles or is clear/colorless.
Do not operate any heavy machinery or drive after using Apidra until you understand how your body reacts to it.
Apidra may cause side effects that can be fatal. These include:
- low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- dizziness or light-headedness
- blurred vision
- slurred speech
- irritability or mood changes
- increase heartbeat
- weight gain
- allergic reactions
- skin irritations at site of injection
Contact a doctor immediately if you are experiencing any of these serious side effects:
- heart failure
- rash covering entire body
- shortness of breath
- fast pulse
- feeling faint
Your doctor should monitor your health closely including if you are experiencing hypoglycaemia (low potassium levels) or if you are taking TZD’s with Apidra.
Bring a list of your current prescription drugs, herbal remedies and vitamins you are currently taking when you visit your doctor.
Apidra insulin vials can be obtained through a pharmacy with a valid prescription. If you are refilling your insulin prescription on a regular basis, it’s recommended to do so privately & securely through an online Canadian pharmacy.
Safety information when using an insulin pump with Apidra
Replace the infusion sets (tubing, catheter and reservoir) and Apidra in the reservoir every 48 hours. Select a new site for you infusion. Do not dilute or mix the Apidra insulin when used inside the pump. Hyperglycemia or ketoacidosis can result if there is a failure with the insulin pump or infusion set or degredation of the insulin in the pump. In case of failure carry an alternate form of insulin in the case.