Generic Name: Actrapid Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Actrapid® (soluble insulin) used for?

Actrapid® is commonly used to treat diabetes.

How should I take Actrapid® (soluble insulin)?

Actrapid® is given by injection under the skin in the thigh, the abdominal wall (at the front of the waist), the deltoid region (shoulder) or the gluteal region (buttocks). The patient’s blood glucose (sugar) should be tested regularly to find the lowest effective dose.

How do I store Actrapid® (soluble insulin)?

Actrapid® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Actrapid® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Actrapid® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Actrapid® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Actrapid® (soluble insulin)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Actrapid® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Actrapid® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Actrapid®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Actrapid® (soluble insulin)?

Some people may get hypoglycemia or injection site reactions.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Actrapid® (soluble insulin)?

Actrapid® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, such as:

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Lithium
  • Antihypertensives
  • Sympathomimetics
  • Disopyramide
  • Alcohol
  • Diuretics
  • Fibrates
  • Corticosteroids
  • Sex hormones
  • Somatropin
  • Somatostatin analogues
  • Hypoglycaemics
  • Salicylates
  • NSAIDs
  • Sulfonamides
  • Tetracyclines
  • Antimalarials
  • Isoniazid
  • Mebendazole
  • Pentamidine
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Danazol
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Pentoxifylline
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Cyclophosphamide

Does food or alcohol interact with Actrapid® (soluble insulin)?

Actrapid® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Actrapid® (soluble insulin)?

Actrapid® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Actrapid® (soluble insulin).

What is the dose of Actrapid® (soluble insulin) for an adult?

Follow instructions from the doctor concerning type of insulin, dose and time of injection. Make sure that the patient has the type and strength of insulin prescribed by the doctor.

Variations in glycaemic control may occur and adjustments in therapy should be made under the guidance of the doctor.

What is the dose of Actrapid® (soluble insulin) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Actrapid® (soluble insulin) available?

Actrapid® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • 100 international units/ml solution for injection

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Actrapid®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: June 9, 2017 | Last Modified: June 9, 2017