What is Insulatard® HM (insulin human) used for?
Insulatard® HM is commonly used to treat diabetes. The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription.
How should I take Insulatard® HM (insulin human)?
Insulatard® HM is given by injection under the skin in the thigh, the abdominal wall (at the front of the waist), the gluteal region (buttocks) or the deltoid region (shoulder). The injection site should be changed for each injection. The patient’s blood glucose (sugar) should be tested regularly to find the lowest effective dose.
Insulatard® HM is a long-acting insulin. It can be given once or twice a day, with or without a fast-acting insulin (given at meal times), according to the doctor’s recommendation.
How do I store Insulatard® HM (insulin human)?
Insulatard® HM is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Insulatard® HM in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Insulatard® HM 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 Insulatard® HM 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 Insulatard® HM (insulin human)?
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 Insulatard® HM or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Do not use this medication when you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Insulatard® HM during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Insulatard® HM. Insulatard® HM is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Insulatard® HM (insulin human)?
Side effects may occur when using Insulatard® HM, such as:
- Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels)
- Edema, refraction anomalies, local hypersensitivity reactions, lipodystrophy at injected site.
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.
What drugs may interact with Insulatard® HM (insulin human)?
Insulatard® HM 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.
Especially if you are taking Beta-blocker medications (such as metoprolol, propranolol, glaucoma eye drops such as timolol).
Does food or alcohol interact with Insulatard® HM (insulin human)?
Insulatard® HM 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 Insulatard® HM (insulin human)?
Insulatard® HM 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.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Insulatard® HM (insulin human).
What is the dose of Insulatard® HM (insulin human) for an adult?
Individualized dosage is 0.5-1 IU/kg/day.
What is the dose of Insulatard® HM (insulin human) 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 Insulatard® HM (insulin human) available?
Insulatard® HM is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
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 Insulatard® HM, 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.
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