About Humalog Mix50 Cartridges
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which is a large gland located near the stomach. Insulin is used to regulate blood glucose levels. Diabetes occurs when the body seizes to create insulin naturally.
Humalog Mix50 contains a combination of 50% insulin lispro (a fast-acting insulin) and 50% insulin lispro protamine (a longer-acting insulin). Humalog Mix50 has a shorter duration of activity and takes effect more rapidly when compared to regular insulin.
Together, they ensure consistent and rapid control of blood sugar levels by facilitating reuptake of glucose in the muscle and fat cells and suppressing sugar production in the liver.
Humalog Mix50 100IU/ml Cartridge contains a combination of two medications. Insulin lispro which has a fast onset of action, and insulin lispro protamine that has a prolonged duration of action. Together, they provide rapid-acting insulin control to manage blood sugar levels in addition to consistent delivery throughout the day.
Managing sugar levels is extremely important for diabetics in order to avoid complications associated with diabetes such as eye damage, kidney damage, nerve problems and loss of limbs. Typically this diabetes medication is used as part of a treatment program. When accompanied with an improved lifestyle of exercise and diet, this diabetes medication can help you live a normal healthy life.
Humalog Mix 50 100IU/ml Cartridge is typically prescribed by a doctors along with a long-acting insulin or other diabetes medications. Your doctor should provide instructions on proper usage and dosage according to your individualized needs.
The rapid onset of activity requires Humalog Mix50 to be taken 15 minutes prior to starting your meal or within 20 minutes of starting your meal. The time to take your insulin may vary for each individual.
Like any insulin, the duration of Humalog Mix50 can depend on dose, site injection, temperature, blood supply and physical activity.
You should not stop taking this medication unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
As with any insulin, you should monitor your blood sugar levels regularly using a glucose monitor. Keep track of results and share with your doctor.
For faster absorption, inject below the skin of the abdomen. Other injection sites include: upper arm, thighs or buttocks. Do not massage the area after injection.
Rotate injection sites to avoid lumps or skin irritations. Do no inject into lumps. Consult your doctor if you are unsure about injection sites.
Do not change to another brand or type of insulin unless advised by your doctor as modification to dosages may be required.
Carry glucose tablets, candy or a sugary drink in case you experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which can happen from skipping a meal, consuming alcohol or from taking other antidiabetic medication.
Your diabetes treatment should also include a balanced diet, regular exercise and taking medication as prescribed by your doctor.
The most common side effect associated with this medication is low blood sugar levels, also known as hypoglycemia. It’s important to inject the correct dosage, monitor blood sugar levels and have regular meals in order to avoid this complication.
You may experience itching or a rash while taking it. An allergic reaction at the site of injection such as swelling, redness or hard lumps (lipodystrophy).
Most side effects do not require immediate medical attention and tend to go away as the body adjusts to the medication however you should contact your doctor if issues persist.
Warnings & Precautions
Humalog Mix 50 100IU/ml Cartridge should be used with caution for patients with kidney or liver disease.
It is is safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Human studies have shown that it does not pass through breast milk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding dosages may be modified by your doctor.
Humalog Mix50 Cartridge is typically considered safe during pregnancy. Studies on animals have shown little to no side effects to the developing baby; however these studies were limited.
Do not drink excessive alcohol as this can lead to a drop in blood sugar levels.
Do not share insulin with others as this can lead to the spread of blood pathogens and serious infections.
Unmanaged diabetes can lead to a serious problems including blindness, kidney failure, strokes, poor circulation and/or nerve damage. With proper diabetes treatment these issues can be reduced or prevented.
Do not operate heavy machinery or drive if you’re blood sugar levels are either too high or too low.
Opened cartridges stay good at room temperature for up to four weeks.