Novolin GE Toronto (Insulin-human-regular) may be available under multiple brand names and in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Novolin GE Toronto (Insulin-human-regular) may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions. This mixtures is also available in vials.
Glucose (sugar) is a natural substance that the body uses or stores through the use of insulin made by the pancreas. Diabetes is caused by either inadequate insulin production by the pancreas, or defective insulin utilization by the body. This causes glucose to accumulate in the bloodstream because it cannot be used or stored properly. Insulin injections are used to reduce the amount of glucose in the bloodstream.
There are numerous types of insulin, each absorbing at a different rate and working for different amounts of time. Regular insulin works quickly and does not last long. The medication takes 30 to 60 minutes to begin working after injection and has its maximum effect between 2 and 4 hours after injection. The effects cease after 6 to 8 hours.
In case you have not discussed this with your doctor or are uncertain of why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor first.
Do not give Novolin GE Toronto (Insulin-human-regular) to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful to people to use Novolin Ge Toronto (Insulin-human-regular) if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Ensure you are ordering the correct Novolin, as this product comes in a wide variety of mixtures, including: 50/50, 30/70 and 40/60.
This product must be injected under the skin (subcutaneously):
A) Clean the tip of the cartridge with an alcohol swab and attach a needle.
B) Select the required dose.
C) Clean the skin at the injection site with an alcohol swab.
D) Pinch the skin and inject the insulin into the fold. If you use a short needle, pinching the skin may not be necessary; ask your pharmacist.
E) Wait a few days before injecting the same site again.
Keep the injector and the cartridge you are using at room temperature, and discard the cartridge after 42 days. Unopened cartridges should be stored in the refrigerator.
Use this medication regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects. Insulin users should be aware of the symptoms of low blood sugar, which include confusion, headache, hunger, irritability, palpitations, rapid breathing, cold sweats, and shakiness. These symptoms require immediate treatment to bring your blood sugar back up to a safe level. This can be done with a quick source of sugar, such as three glucose tablets, a tablespoon of jam or honey, 6 to 8 jellybeans or LifeSavers, a tablespoon of sugar, or 1/2 – 3/4 cup of non-diet soft drink. Inform your doctor if these symptoms have occurred, as it may mean that your diet and medication need to be adjusted.
Insulin users must check their blood sugar levels regularly using an appropriate device.
Dispose of used syringes and needles safely. Your pharmacist can tell you the best way to do this. If you miss a dose, contact your pharmacist. Never double an amount to make up for a missed dose.
In order not to cause hypoglycemia, avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Do not drink alcohol on an empty stomach.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in regular doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.
If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Novolin GE Toronto (Insulin-human-regular) with your doctor.
Novolin GE Toronto (Insulin-human-regular) has been associated with side effects such as redness, itching, and swelling at the injection site in at least 1% of patients. The majority of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of the side effects listed below don’t happen very often, they could lead to severe problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Hyperglycemia can occur if not enough insulin is used or if you routinely forget to use your insulin. If this is not treated, it can result in diabetic ketoacidosis or coma, fatal. The ability to concentrate and react and vision changes are affected by high levels of blood glucose. The first symptoms of hyperglycemia include an increased need to urinate, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, excessive thirst, weight loss, loss of appetite, and acetone or fruity odor to the breath. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur: anxiety, blurred vision, confusion, difficulty concentrating, difficulty speaking, dizziness, drowsiness, fast heartbeat, headache, hunger, nausea, nervousness, numbness, or tingling of the lips, fingers, or tongue, sweating, tiredness, trembling, weakness, fatigue, muscle cramps or irregular heartbeats.
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if you begin to have rashes or blisters all over the body, seizures, symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., swelling of the face or throat, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or itchy skin rash), or feelings of unconsciousness.
Some people may experience side effects other than those mentioned above. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptoms that worry you while taking Novolin GE Toronto (Insulin-human-regular).
There may be an interaction between regular insulin and many substances and medications, including: alcohol, anabolic steroids (e.g., testosterone), angiotensin converting enzyme inhitors (A.C.E. inhibitors;(e.g., Ramipril, Enalapril, Lisinopril), second generation anti-psychotics (e.g., Clozapine, Olanzapine, Quetiapine), beta-blockers (e.g., Atenolol, Metoprolol, Pindolol, Propranolol, Sotalol), birth control pills, chloroquine, corticosteroids (e.g., Prednisone, Prednisolone), Dabrafenib, Danazol, decongestants (e.g., Pseudoephedrine), disopyromide, diuretics (water pills; e.g., Furosemide, Hydrochlorothiazide, triamterene), Epinephrine, estrogens (e.g., conjugated estrogen, Estradiol, ethinyl Estradiol, glucagon, growth hormone, H.I.V. protease inhibitors (e.g., atazanavir, indinavir, ritonavir, saquinavir), hydroxychloroquine, Lanreotide, mifepristone, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (M.O.S. e.g., Moclobemide, Phenelzine, Rasagiline, Selegiline, Tranylcypromine), Niacin, Octreotide, oral medications for diabetes (e.g., Canagliflozin, Gliclazide, Glyburide, Pioglitazone, Metformin, Rosiglitazone), other insulins, Pasireotide, Pegvisomant, Phenytoin, progestins (e.g., Dienogest, Levonorgestrel, medroxyprogesterone, Norethindrone), quinine, quinolone antibiotics (e.g., ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin, Ofloxacin), salicylates (e.g., Asa), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs; e.g., Citalopram, Fluoxetine, Paroxetine, Sertraline), somatostatin, sulfa antibiotics (e.g., sulfamethoxazole, sulfadiazine), Sunitinib, Tacrolimus, thyroid replacement therapy (if beginning or changing dose) and Vorinostat.
Your pharmacist or doctor should be consulted if you are taking any of these medications. Depending on your circumstances, your doctor may suggest stopping taking one of the medications, changing one of the medications to another, changing how you are taking one or both of the medications, or leaving everything the same.
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Novolin GEToronto (Insulin-human-regular). Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescriptions, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also, tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them. If you are taking other diabetic medications, such as Ozempic, Victoza or Saxenda, be sure to mention this to your healthcare provider as well.
Keep unopened bottles of insulin in the refrigerator until needed. They may be used until the expiry date on the label. Never allow insulin to freeze. Insulin currently in use may be kept at room temperature for no more than 28 days and then discarded. Do not expose insulin to extremely hot temperatures or sunlight. Keep insulin out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g., down the sink or toilet) or household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.