What the medication is used for:
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland that lies near the stomach. This hormone is necessary for the body’s correct use of food, especially sugar. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin to meet your body’s needs.
To control your diabetes, your doctor has prescribed injections of insulin to keep your blood glucose at a near-normal level.
What it does:
Insulin lispro is a recombinant DNA sourced human insulin analogue. HUMALOG MIX50 is a mixture of fast-acting (insulin lispro) and longer-acting (insulin lispro protamine) man-made insulins. HUMALOG MIX50 is used to control high blood sugar (glucose) in people with diabetes. HUMALOG MIX50 takes effect more rapidly and has a shorter duration of activity as compared to regular insulin. The rapid onset of activity requires HUMALOG MIX50 to be given within 15 minutes before a meal. The time course of action of any insulin may vary to some extent in different individuals or at different times in the same individual. As with all insulin preparations, the duration of action of HUMALOG MIX50 is dependent on dose, site of injection, blood supply, temperature, and physical activity.
Proper control is important. Uncontrolled diabetes (hyperglycemia) over a long period of time can result in a number of serious problems such as blindness, kidney failure, poor circulation/heart attacks, strokes and/or nerve damage.
These problems can be prevented or reduced by good diabetes management. This will require close and constant cooperation with your diabetes healthcare team including: yourself, your doctor and your diabetes educators (nurses, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals). Thus, you can lead an active, healthy and productive life by eating a balanced daily diet, exercising regularly, and taking your insulin injections as prescribed.
You have been instructed to test your blood and/or your urine regularly for glucose. If your blood tests consistently show above- or below-normal glucose levels or your urine tests consistently show the presence of glucose, your diabetes is not properly controlled and you must let your doctor know.
When it should not be used:
- When your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia). After
treating your low blood sugar, follow your healthcare
provider’s instructions on the use of HUMALOG MIX50
- If you are allergic to anything in HUMALOG MIX50. A
complete list of ingredients in HUMALOG MIX50
insulin is provided below.
Side effects of Humalog Mix 50mg Cartridge Injection 3ml
Low blood sugar (Hypoglycaemia)
Pain, redness, swelling at injection site.
Prior to first use, HUMALOG MIX50 cartridges or prefilled pens should be stored in a refrigerator between 2° and 8°C. Do not freeze. Do not expose to excessive heat or sunlight. The pen and cartridge of HUMALOG MIX50 that you are currently using should not be refrigerated but should be kept as cool as possible (below 30°C) and away from direct heat and light. Do not use HUMALOG MIX50 if it has been frozen. Cartridges or prefilled pens in use, or not refrigerated, should be discarded after 28 days, even if they still contain HUMALOG MIX50.Download Humalog Mix 50 Cartridge Information