Novolin GE 40/60 is premixed insulin that contains a combination of intermediate-acting insulin (insulin NPH) and fast-acting insulin (insulin regular).
Insulin is a hormone that is naturally produced in our body. The pancreas, which is an organ located behind our stomach, is the primary source of insulin. Islets, which are clusters of cells in the pancreas, produce the insulin hormone based on glucose levels in our body.
For those with diabetes, their body does not produce the required insulin or use it efficiently. As a result, glucose isn’t stored properly and builds up in the bloodstream. People with diabetes typically need to inject insulin under the skin (subcutaneously) to help manage or lower blood sugar levels.
Novolin GE 40/60 premixed insulin starts working between 30-60 minutes after injection, has its maximum effect between 2-8 hours, and stops working after 18-24 hours.
Several types of insulin medication produce different results when taken. The absorption rate and duration may vary.
Your doctor may have prescribed this medication for reasons included in this article. Speak to your doctor if you are unsure why you have been prescribed this medication. Do not stop taking prescription medication without consulting with your doctor first.
Novolin GE 40/60 is often used by those who have their blood glucose levels under control and have found this ratio of intermediate-acting and short-acting insulin works best for them.
Your prescription medication should not be shared with others even though they may share the same symptoms. Your medication is prescribed based on your individual needs. Sharing it with others may be harmful.
Novolin also comes in 50/50 and NPH vials and cartridges.