What Kind Of Insulin Is Humalog

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What Is The Best Form Of Insulin For Diabetes? Synthetic Or Human Insulin And Why?

We want to mimic the body's own insulin by injecting insulin of different kinds multiple times a day. First we need a super-stable super-long acting insulin which will be continuously effective over 24+ hours, without troughs and peaks, only the newest synthetic analogues do this, the most stable being Novo Nordisk's new Insulin degludec (Tresiba®), before that we had Aventis' quite acceptable Insulin glargine (Lantus®) and NovoNordisk's Insulin detemir (Levemir®). As you can see the glucose needed to be infused to keep the blood glucose level steady over time after Insulin Degludec is stable, but after 8-10 hours rises, peaking at 14-16 hours and going down a lot at 18-20 hours after Insuline Glargine injection: So Insulin Degludec seems more stable than Insulin Glargine. We also want the effect of an insulin to be consistent (the same after each injection on different days): You can see why the old NPH insulin has had its day, peaking at 8 hours and losing potency after 16 hours: If the pancreas is still making enough insulin to regulate the blood sugar after meals, we only need one usually injection of a super long acting insulin analogue before bedtime to keep the blood suga Continue reading >>

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  1. Lawrence Rosenbaum

    You are probably getting the most expensive type of insulin prescribed, something like lantus. Humulin regular and humulin NPH are much less expensive and can be given in combination twice a day for much less.
    Go to Costco to get it, even if you don’t have a membership. They don’t play games with hiking things up (generally just a fixed amount on all items over wholesale
    Consider ordering the medication from Canada from a reputable company
    Try to get samples from the doctors office
    See if you can get compassionate samples from the drug company

    Go to a free clinic - they may have ways of helping you out.

    On an editorial note, it is absolutely infuriating how the pharmaceutical companies in the US are fleecing people. Insulin used to be only about 30–40 dollars a bottle; now it is much more.

  2. Eve Lampenfeld

    Ask your doctor for the best insulin options that you can afford, and be honest about your cost concerns. Ask him/her about the many new basal insulins that are lowering their co-pay costs to $10 or $25 a month. Also ask for as many sample packs of that insulin as they can provide, and to give you extra units included in your prescription in case you need more.
    Do some research about what your insurance plan costs. If upgrading your insurance plan will save you money in the long term, then it may be worth it to switch plans. Also see the lowest cost insulins in their tier list. Call them with questions.
    Also visit the websites of your insulins and see about the assistance programs they offer.
    Because your blood sugar can rise dangerously in hours without your RX, it is much better to use a cheaper, less effective insulin than none at all.
    If it is an emergency and your blood sugar is rising, head to the emergency room and they you a shot. Unfortunately your insurance/you'll have to pay for this.
    Long term, learning to carb-count and keeping a lower-carb diet and active lifestyle will reduce your need for insulin and save some money, but if your doctor decides you still need it, or you are T1 diabetic, please stay on your prescriptions.
    Moving to a country with socialized medicine would help. :)

    Good luck, and I hope you find a solution.

  3. Ben Gubar

    When I was buying insulin through my pharmacy plan, I was required to pay 50% of the cost. At the time, that was $50 per vial. So the retail price of Humalog was $100. When I was in Canada and needed a vial, a friend took me to WalMart. I found that Humalog was only $38 CAN per vial, and the number of vials allowed was only limited by the stock maintained by the store. So realizing that it was much cheaper to buy my Humalog in Canada, we went to various stores and purchased enough insulin to last a year, an ice chest, and some cooling packs. I had no problem taking it over the border since it was for my personal use.

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