Novolin GE Toronto Vials are used to treat patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. It helps reduce blood sugar levels to control hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Novolin GE Toronto is a fast-acting insulin that is usually used in combination with longer-acting insulin. Its duration can last up to 8 hours.
Novolin GE Toronto Vials contains 100 units of human biosynthetic insulin (regular insulin). It is produced by recombinant DNA technology and is structurally similar to the insulin produced in the body.
It also contains non-medical ingredients such as glycerol, metacresol, zinc chloride, sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, and water for injections.
Your required insulin dose should be based on your body’s insulin levels and how well your body can produce it. Your doctor will determine the appropriate amount based on your current health, lifestyle, medical conditions (i.e., thyroid, infections), illness, injury, stress, surgery, traveling, body weight, blood glucose values, and current medication regimen. Your doctor will monitor your glucose levels also to determine insulin dosage.
It is essential to follow your doctor’s instructions for taking insulin regularly. Do not modify how you take it without consulting your doctor first.
Novolin GE Toronto solution is used for injection and contains human biosynthetic insulin.
Warnings and Precautions
The most common adverse reaction for patients using Novolin GE Toronto is hypoglycemia (a severe drop in blood sugar).
You should not take this medication if you have an allergic reaction to insulin or any ingredients contained in the medicine or have low blood glucose levels (hypoglycemia).
Keep a glucose tablet sugary snacks such as candy or non-diet soft drinks handy if you experience hypoglycemia. Side effects of hypoglycemia should include cold sweats, shakiness, palpitations, rapid breathing, headache, confusion, hunger, or irritability. Keep your doctor informed if you happen to experience symptoms of hypoglycemia, as it may require an adjustment to your insulin dosage.
Do not stop taking this medication unless suggested by your doctor. If you are unsure why this medication was prescribed, consult your doctor.
Do not share this medication with others, even if they have the same symptoms. Sharing medicine can potentially harm others.
Monitor blood sugar regularly using a glucose monitoring system. This is recommended for all diabetes patients to do periodically.
Any modifications to insulin dosages should be under the direction of a doctor. Lowering doses (known as insulin rationing) can lead to severe complications.
Do not take this medication if it does not appear water-clear, colorless, or contains clumping.
Novolin GE Toronto is not recommended to be used in catheters or pumps due to the risk of precipitation.
Speak to your pharmacist about how to properly dispose of medication and supplies.
Avoid heavy alcohol consumption and do not consume alcohol on an empty stomach.
This medication may cause severe reactions with other medications, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements. Symptoms may require a dosage adjustment or change in your medication schedule. Do not make any changes unless under medical supervision. Speak with your doctor about any other medications, supplements, vitamins, herbal remedies, or over-the-counter medications you are taking.
Let your doctor know of any pre-existing medical conditions, allergies to medications, whether you smoke, are pregnant, or breastfeeding.
It is essential to maintain proper blood glucose levels during pregnancy. It is possible that insulin requirements may be decreased during the first trimester and increased for the second & third trimesters.
A doctor may require an adjustment to diet and insulin during breastfeeding.
It would be best if you eared or carry identification that lets others know you have diabetes. Diabetes identification can include a bracelet, necklace, or card.
Educate family and friends about the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia. If your doctor recommends, keep a glucagon emergency kit available and instruct close family and friends on how to administer it if you lose consciousness.
It’s important to monitor glucose levels regularly as recommended by your doctor or nurse. Significantly if you are changing your insulin schedule due to illness, stress, or travel, contact your doctor if readings show high or low blood glucose levels.
Your doctor should understand your current health situation and any changes to your lifestyle that can affect your insulin requirements.
Hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels) if you forget to take your insulin. If not treated, this can result in diabetic ketoacidosis or coma, which can be fatal. Initial symptoms of hyperglycemia can include increased urination, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, excessive thirst, loss of appetite, weight loss, and fruit flavor or acetone in breath. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately. Vision changes, ability to concentrate or react can also be affected by high glucose levels.
Novolin GE Toronto should be taken 30 before starting a meal due to its fast onset of action. It is essential to follow your insulin schedule as recommended by your doctor to maintain proper glucose levels. Any changes in timing can lead to unwanted side effects.
Use insulin as prescribed regularly to maintain beneficial effects.
This diabetes medication should be injected under the skin (subcutaneously) with the following steps:
1. Using an alcohol swab, clean the top of the vial
2. Inject an amount of air equal to the required dose and withdraw insulin with a syringe
3. clean the injection site using a cotton swab and alcohol
4. pinch the skin into a fold. This step may not be necessary if you are using a short needle. Ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not inject regular insulin into a vein or use an insulin infusion pump.
Dosages are measured by international units (IU). Each mL of insulin contains 100 IU.
Long-acting insulin may be used in combination with regular insulin to cover the time in between doses. There are several variations of insulin dosing, which your doctor should determine.
Rotate injection sites to avoid complications. This can happen when the fatty tissue under the skin may shrink or thicken due to repeated injection in the same area. To prevent this, change injection sites. Let your doctor know if you notice skin thickening or pitting at the injection site.
A side effect is an unwanted reaction to medication that can vary from mild, severe, temporary, or permanent when a patient takes medication in regular doses.
The side effects associated with Novolin GE Toronto are pretty familiar with other insulin medications. Speak with your doctor if you have any concerns about taking insulin, discuss risks and benefits.
At least 1% of patients have reported the following side effects below. Many of the side effects associated with insulin are temporary and can be managed over time.
A pharmacist should explain how to manage adverse reactions to medication. Contact your doctor if you experience any of these side effects: redness, itching, swelling at the site of injection, anxiety, blurred or impaired 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 and signs of low potassium levels in the blood (i.e., fatigue, irregular heartbeat, muscle cramps, weakness).
Immediately stop taking this medication if you experience any of the following side effects: seizures, rashes or blisters all over the body, difficulty breathing, severe allergic reaction (swelling of face and throat), or unconsciousness.
Speak with your doctor if you experience any adverse side effects not listed or have any concerns about side effects.
Insulin may be used until the expiry date displayed on the label.
Keep insulin stored at room temperature and discard after no more than 28 days. Unopened insulin vials should be stored in the refrigerator until needed.
Do not expose insulin to extreme heat or sunlight. and never freeze insulin.
Keep out of reach from children or pets.
Do not dispose of medication through wastewater (i.e., down toilet or sink) or put it in household trash. Speak to your pharmacist about proper instructions to dispose of medicine.