Novolog Insulin Aspart Injection is a rapid-acting insulin that starts working about 15 minutes after injection, peaks in about 1 hour, and continues to work for 2 to 4 hours. Insulin is a hormone that works by lowering the levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood.
Novolog Insulin Aspart injection is used to improve blood sugar control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.
This medicine is sometimes used together with a long-acting or intermediate-acting insulin.
Novolog Insulin Aspart injection is used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults.
Novolog Insulin Aspart injection is also used to treat type 1 diabetes in adults and children who are at least 2 years old.
Novolog Insulin Aspart injection is a rapid-acting insulin that starts working very quickly. After using it, you should eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes.
Never share an injection pen or cartridge with another person. Sharing injection pens or cartridges can allow disease such as hepatitis or HIV to pass from one person to another.
You should not use Novolog Insulin Aspart injection if you have had an episode of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).
Before taking this medicine
You should not use NovoLog if you are allergic to insulin aspart or if you have had an episode of hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).
NovoLog is not approved for use by anyone younger than 2 years of age. This medicine should not be used to treat type 2 diabetes in a child of any age.
To make sure NovoLog is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
liver or kidney disease; or
low potassium levels in the blood (hypokalaemia).
Tell your doctor if you are also taking pioglitazone or rosiglitazone (sometimes in combination with glimepiride or metformin). Taking certain oral diabetes medications while using insulin can increase your risk of serious heart problems.
Follow your doctor’s instructions on how to use insulin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Blood sugar control is very important during pregnancy, and your dosage needs may vary during each trimester of pregnancy. Your dosage needs may also be different while you are breastfeeding.
How should I use Novolog Insulin Aspart injection?
Use Novolog Insulin Aspart injection exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
NovoLog is injected under the skin or into a vein through an IV. You will be shown how to use injections at home. Do not give yourself this medicine if you do not understand how to use the injection and dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used.
Your healthcare provider will show you the best places on the body to inject NovoLog. Use a different site each time you inject. Do not inject at the same site twice in a row.
After using NovoLog, you should eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes.
If you use a pen, use only the pen that comes with Novolog Insulin Aspart injection. Attach a new needle before each use. Do not transfer the insulin from the pen to a syringe or infusion pump.
If you use this medicine with an insulin pump, do not mix or dilute Novolog Insulin Aspart injection with any other insulin. Infusion pump tubing, catheters, and the placement of the needle on your skin should be changed every three days. Change the medicine in the container every six days.
Never share a pen, cartridge or syringe with someone else, even if the needle has been changed. Sharing these devices can allow infections or diseases to pass from one person to another.
Use a disposable needle or syringe only once. Follow all state or local laws about disposing of used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof disposal container for ’sharps’ (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can happen to anyone with diabetes. Symptoms include headache, hunger, sweating, irritability, dizziness, nausea, fast heart rate, and feeling anxious or shaky. To treat low blood sugar quickly, always keep a fast-acting source of sugar with you, such as fruit juice, hard candy, crackers, raisins, or non-diet soda.
Your doctor may prescribe a glucagon emergency injection kit for use if you have severe hypoglycemia and are unable to eat or drink. Make sure your family and close friends know how to give you this injection in an emergency.
Also look for signs of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) such as increased thirst or urination, blurred vision, headache and fatigue.
Blood sugar levels can be affected by stress, illness, surgery, exercise, alcohol use or skipping meals. Ask your doctor before changing your insulin dose or schedule.
NovoLog is only one part of a treatment program that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, blood sugar testing and special medical care. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully.
Store this medicine in the original container protected from heat and light. Do not draw insulin from a vial into a syringe until you are ready to give an injection. Do not freeze insulin or store it near the cooling element in a refrigerator. Discard anything frozen.
Storage of unopened (not in use) NovoLog:
Refrigerate and use until expiration date. or
Store at room temperature and use within 28 days.
Store opened (in use) NovoLog:
Store the vial in the refrigerator or at room temperature and use within 28 days.
Store the cartridge or pen at room temperature (do not refrigerate) and use within 28 days. Do not store the pen with a needle attached.
Do not use the medicine if it has changed colors or looks cloudy. Call your pharmacist for new medication.
Read all patient information, medication guides and leaflets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Carry a diabetes medical alert label in case of an emergency. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you have diabetes.
See also: Dosage information (more detailed)
What happens if I miss a dose?
Because NovoLog is taken before meals, you may not be on a timed dosing schedule. Be sure to eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes of using NovoLog. Do not use extra insulin to make up a missed dose.
Keep insulin handy at all times. Get your prescription refilled before stopping the drug completely.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek medical attention in an emergency or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Insulin overdose can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia. Symptoms include drowsiness, confusion, blurred vision, numbness or tingling in the mouth, difficulty speaking, muscle weakness, clumsy or jerky movements, seizures (convulsions), or loss of consciousness.
What should I avoid while using NovoLog?
Insulin can cause low blood sugar. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.
Avoid medication errors by always checking the medication label before injecting your insulin.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can cause low blood sugar and can interfere with your diabetes treatment.