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Humulin N Insulin

A: N is the most unpredictable of all the insulins. It varies from person to person.

Very few docs prescribe this anymore, unless you don’t do well on Lantus or Levimir, which have much flatter, more predictable curves.

Q: IS anyone using insulin Humulin N?
What is your experience?

A: Try you can find alot there….ROB

Q: I have Type 2 Diabetes and take Humulin N and R but only have N left?
I have run out of my Humulin R insulin but still have my N left. I won’t be able to get my R for a few days. I am prescribed to take both together twice a day. Is it ok to just take my N (long lasting one) only until I can get my R again? Is this safe? If anyone with Type 2 or deals with these insulins know and can lend some insight please let me know. Thanks

A: No, you cannot skip even part of your insulin.

Get some R now.

Q: difference between humulin n and novolin n?
my boyfriend has been a diabetic since seven years old. He has always used humulin n and r insulin injetctions up until the last month. He has had been changed to novolin n and r, and feels his body is not reacting in a positive way to the change. I need to know if there are any differences between the two insulins that can cause his body to react to any changes in the insulin.

A: My understanding is that they are essentially identical and that little to no changes should be required. Is there a reason he’s still on novolin as opposed to the newer insulins Humalog or Novolog? They are much faster-acting and effective than the older insulins. Much closer to how human insulin works. Have him ask his doc about it. It’s more expensive, but most insurances cover it well now.

Q: if an adolescent with diabetes takes humulin n at 7:30 AM, the time of day an insulin reaction is likely to oc

A: “an intermediate-acting insulin with a slower onset of action and a longer
duration of activity (up to 24 hours) than that of Regular human insulin. The time course of
action of any insulin may vary considerably in different individuals or at different times in the
same individual. As with all insulin preparations, the duration of action of Humulin N is
dependent on dose, site of injection, blood supply, temperature, and physical activity. Humulin N
is a sterile suspension and is for subcutaneous injection only.”

From the .pdf from the Lily Company

Q: Is 10 units of “NPH Humulin” insulin at night and in the morning normal? (Type 1 diabetec)?
I have type 1 diabetes. I was on 1 unit of Novolog per 10 carbs and 10 units of Lantus in the morning and at night. I use insulin pens I don’t draw up. When I got pregnant I was taken off of the Lantus. Now they’re putting me on the “NPH Humulin N Pen” and telling me to take 10 units of insulin at night/mornings. My doctor (OB-GYN) told me he wasn’t used to prescribing insulin pens only the needles so he wasn’t sure how the units work and that the pharmacist would explain it. Well the pharmacist didn’t and now I’m afraid I’m going to accidentally take like 100 units. Is the Lantus and NPH Humulin pens the same? Is this a normal dosage?

A: A unit is the same whether it is from a syringe, pen, or pump. Unless you dial in 100 units, you will not receive 100 units.

You should be checking your glucose levels several times a day. You should working with both your OB and endocrinologist or internist. The 10 units of NPH twice a day is a start. Changes will depend on your sugar levels. There will be changes as your pregnancy advances.

Q: Any Docs or Nurses know the answer to this insulin question?
It’s been a while since I’ve been back in the profession and going back. Obviously, one of these questions is wrong on this open book test. Anyone know and why your answer is right so I will be aware in the future?

Which is an incorrect order for insulin?

A. 5 units Humulin R subcutaneously now.
B. 10 units Humulin R subcutaneously every AM.
C. 30 units Humulin N subcutaneously every AM.
D. 60 units Humulin R subcutaneously now.
I think you’re right MS3. Your answer was my first impression and now that I recall, a sliding scale doesn’t even allow 60 units! If someone needed that much insulin they probably need to be on an IV drip cause their blood glucose would be well over 350 minimum. Its been 2 years since Ive been out of nursing and going back. It will all come back to me. Thanks for your help!

A: Many type 2’s take 60+ units at a time.

When I was pregnant I was taking over 300+ units a day.

So you see, it is not unheard of.

Q: I need documentatio and the answer to at what temperature humulin n are r freeze at. ?
I have been keeping the vials in their box and putting in a fridge to go lunch sak next to an ice pack and some believe the insulin will freeze that what. I haven’t been able to find written documentation to say eactly what point the insulin freezes

A: insulin freezes at 32 degrees Farenheit, it should not go below 38 degrees.

Q: what are some alternatives to mixing insulin?
What are some alternatives if a patient is unable to mix their morning insulin? (Type 1) Patient is taking Humulin N 15, Humulin R 5 in morning and Humulin N 7 in evening.

A: N is awful. Get a new doctor.

Seriously, there are so many better options. I did 16 years on N when there were no other options available. Now there are choices. A pump, Lantus, Levimir. Talk to the doctor, or get a new one.

Q: I am taking the ptce tomorrow and i dont understand this question, can someone help?
What is the days supply for Humulin N insulin 20ml, if the dose is 40 U daily?
a) 100 days
b) 30 days
c) 60 days
d) 50 days
the book says the answer is d but, how did they get that?

A: I stumbled on that question, as well.

I’m guessing that you’re using The Pharmacy Tehcnician: Workbook and Certification Review (Third Edition).

Working with the answer that the book gave you, you could have worked backwards to find out the amount of Humulin N to be dispensed.

Your first proportion would have been the following:
Humulin N units / 1 mL = x units / 20 mL

However, because the amount of Humulin N to be dispensed is “unknown,” you have to work backwards.

The reverse calculations are as follows:

Set up your proportions using the book’s answer -
40 units / 1 day = x units / 50 days

You would have cross-multiplied [and divided by 1] and ended up with 2000 units.

Use your first proportion from earlier, where we can now fill in the “x” with “2000″ -
Humulin N units / 1 mL = 2000 units / 20 mL

You would have ended up with 100 Humulin N units.

*Humulin N U-100 is usually the standard amount of Humulin N to be dispensed for medications.*

You should know that before taking the exam, just as you should know the concentrations of D5W, normal saline, etc.

From now on, if the amount to be dispensed is not given in a calculation problem, go with the most common, standard amount [so you won't have to work backwards].

Good luck!

Q: Can a non-diabetic OD on insulin?
I am a Melbourne based author. I’m currently writing a novel in an attempt to reduce suicides in young people. My novel is about 3 teenagers who kill themselves and learn important information on the other side.

I have an idea that one character (who has OCD and wants a clean death) will overdose on Insulin – however she is NOT diabetic, she obtains the insulin from her diabetic father.

Obviously as a writer I need to do my research so that the occurance is valid and believable.

1. Will it work if she is not diabetic?
2. Would Humulin N (NPH insulin) be best?
3. How much should she inject?

note: this is a POSITIVE project, not a negative one. In no way will I be condoning suicide!

thank you :-)
This is one of many research methods I’m using. I thought on here I’d get some people with REAL experienced knowledge on insulin.

A: Yes you can OD from insulin, a few months back a mother killed her son and then tried to kill herself by doing that, what a nut. I believe the best insulin for this would be a fast acting one, humalog or novolog, NPH is a basal so won’t probably work due to the fact that it will take to long and allow the body to recover. The dose should be high around maybe 50 units I would guess but the dose I am just guessing, a regular dose is normaly from 10-20 units in the morning, and if its a pump 1 unit per 14 grams of carb eaten.

Please use this for what you say you want it, I don’t want you to do anything so horrible.

Q: 2 questions about Insulin for Diabetics?
1) A diabetes poster that I am studying says Regular insulin (Humulin R, Novolin R) and intermediate acting insuline (Humulin N, Novolin N) are OTC (Over the Counter). Could this be a typo???
I thought all insulins are obtained by Rx (prescriptions) here in the United States of America.

2) The poster also goes on to say that the usual daily dose of insulin for Type 1 DM is calculated as: 0.7-2.5 unit/kg/day
But I thought I learned in school the daily dose of insulin for Type 1 DM is: 0.5-0.6 unit/kg/day.
HOWEVER, for Type 2 DM, it is: 0.7-2.5 unit/kg/day
So, which is right?

Someone please get back at me. Thank u!

A: I have to have prescriptions for all of my insulin. And as far as dosage, every person’s disease is different. How much insulin a person has to take depends on their personal needs. I know people with type 2 that take 100 units of Levimir every night and day time insulin that is adjusted by what and how much they eat. Others that I know take only 20 units a night and none during the day. So, I think the poster is all messed up.

Q: when switching from nph insulin to 1 a day lantus is there apecial way to do it and we re a little nervous abo
my husband has been on insulin shots for 13 years, humulin n and humulin r new dr. put him on lantus one shot at bedtime and Avandamet2mg/1000 2 x daily. little nervous about change over. he works contruction and burns alot of carbs all day . guess we just need some more direction than we were given

A: A combination of Lantus and Avandamet may give him more consistent blood sugars during the day.

I’d suggest that he do finger sticks fairly often during the first few days at work, to see where the sugar is running. Just in case, have him carry some glucose tablets. Then, let his doctor know the readings.

As you know, consistently “normal” blood sugars help prevent/minimize the consequences of diabetes.

Good luck.

Q: when using Humalog what do i do if i want to have a snack?
I have been using Humulin R and N Insulin for 15 years and just started using Humilog and Lantis insulin today. The Humulin stays longer in your system so having a snack is not a problem. I was thinking that if Humilog works in 15 min. and then leaves your system in about 1-2 hours what happens if I want to have a snack? Do i have to take another shot to eat a piece of friut in the afternoon?

A: Glad you’re using the more modern insulins…you will notice a big improvement in your BG’s by not having that “peaking” action of the old insulins. Whether you take an injection for a snack depends on the amount of carb. For me, anything over 5g of carb needs insulin to handle it. So for a piece of fruit, yes you’ll need to bolus for that.

Q: Gestational Diabetes, started insulin recently, but sugars went up?
I have been monitored for gestational diabetes since December. (I am 24 weeks along right now.) I had to start insulin on Feb 25th – Humulin N, 4 units at night – since my morning numbers were high (consistently over five, usually in the 6’s).
However, since starting the Humulin, almost all my number have gone up! My morning numbers have been 5.3 (not bad, but they haven’t gone down.) What is concerning me is that my numbers 1 hour after each meal have been in the nines – I have only had numbers that high twice in the three months I was monitoring, but now have had them 5 times in the last two days. Pre-meals my sugars are anywhere from 4.7 (normal for me) to in the 7s.
I am wondering if my other number could be going up because of the Humulin N? Can people have that kind of reaction? Is there just an adjustment period for the body when it starts getting insulin?
My diet hasn’t really changed, except to count my milks as carbs – so that should actually be making it easier. I am so frustrated!!! I do not want to go on the Humalog if I don’t have to, especially if there is a reaction going on here.
Anyone experience anything similar?

My ketones also went up this morning – from 5 – 15, which I haven’t had before.
In Canada we use a different measurement. I read (online) that it translates to 1/18 of the US measurements. So my morning sugars on insulin would be 97.2 (They want it under 90), pre-meals are 84.6 – 140’s and post-meals have gone up to into the 160’s.

A: yes certain insulin can be uneffective for certain people however I dont understand the kind of tester ur using ive never seen a single digit tester but either way if ur experiencing high sugars u need to contact your doctor immediatly

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