Insulin is a hormone that works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Insulin glulisine is a fast-acting insulin that starts to work about 15 minutes after injection, peaks in about 1 hour, and keeps working for 2 to 4 hours. Insulin glulisine is used to improve blood sugar control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus. It is used to treat type 1 or type 2 diabetes in adults, and type 1 diabetes children who are at least 4 years old. Insulin glulisine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE TAKING APIDRA
You should not use insulin glulisine if you are allergic to it, or if you are having an episode of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is not approved for use by anyone younger than 4 years old, and should not be used to treat type 2 diabetes in a child of any age. Tell your doctor if you have ever had: liver or kidney disease; low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia); or diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment). Tell your doctor if you also take pioglitazone or rosiglitazone (sometimes contained in combinations with glimepiride or metformin). Taking certain oral diabetes medicines while you are using insulin may increase your risk of serious heart problems. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Follow your doctor’s instructions about using insulin if you are pregnant or you become pregnant. Controlling diabetes is very important during pregnancy, and having high blood sugar may cause complications in both the mother and the baby.
HOW APIDRA SOLUTION FOR INJECTION WORKS
Apidra 100IU/ml Solution for Injection is fast-acting insulin which starts working within 10-20 minutes after injecting. It works similar to the insulin produced by the body. Insulin facilitates reuptake of glucose in muscle and fat cells and also blocks the release of glucose from the liver.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Apidra: redness or swelling where an injection was given, itchy skin rash over the entire body, trouble breathing, fast heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out, or swelling in your tongue or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have: fluid retention – weight gain, swelling in your hands or feet, feeling short of breath; or low potassium – leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, increased thirst or urination, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or limp feeling. Common Apidra side effects include: low blood sugar; itching, mild skin rash; or thickening or hollowing of the skin where you injected the medicine.
Be sure to keep your medication out of reach of children and out of direct sunlight. Keep your medication in a cool place such a refrigerator. Do not freeze your medication. Should you see any discoloration or your medication is above room temperature please give us a call or speak to your Primary Physician if you can take the medication.
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