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Humulin R U-500 Description

If you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic whose insulin requirements are more than 200 units in a day, you should talk to your doctor about Humulin R U-500. This is a concentrated version of Humulin R U-100 that contains 5 times the amount of insulin in 1ml as standard insulin. This is extremely important to remember so you avoid injecting too much insulin or your blood glucose levels could drop dangerously low, causing you to become dizzy, sweaty, or develop a headache. You should have glucose tablets with you in case this should occur or ask your doctor about a glucagon emergency kit so others have access to an injection to raise your blood sugar if you happen to pass out from hypoglycemia.

Humulin R U-500 begins working about thirty minutes after an injection so you must make sure you eat a meal around the time it starts to take effect. The effects of this insulin injection may last as long as 24 hours. Once you have injected Humulin R U-500 just under your skin as instructed by a healthcare professional, it allows the sugar from your food to enter the cells in your body to be stored for energy when needed. If your cells are unable to take sugar in, other nutrients in your body are used instead and acids can build up and cause ketoacidosis.

Conditions Treated by Humulin R U-500

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can occur when your own immune system becomes misguided and it begins attacking parts of your own body. In the case of type 1 diabetes, it is the beta cells in your pancreas that produce insulin that come under fire and are destroyed.

Type 2 diabetics still have a functioning pancreas but, for unknown reasons, the tissues of the body become increasingly resistant to insulin so less and less is on hand to transport the glucose in the bloodstream to the cells for energy. Without the proper treatment for diabetes mellitus, glucose (sugar) will begin to build up in your kidneys, eyes, heart, and around nerve endings and cause short and long-term complications.

Before Injecting Humulin R U-500

Ask about the safety of Humulin R U-500 if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Maintaining good glycemic control during a pregnancy can provide significant maternal and fetal benefits so you should monitor your blood sugar often and your doctor may need to adjust your insulin dosage according to your needs.

Warnings for Humulin R U-500

Learn how to measure out your dose of Humulin R U-500 with a U-100 or tuberculin syringe from a healthcare professional so you are aware of proper dosing techniques for this concentrated insulin. If you are scheduled for any dental or surgical procedures and are required to fast beforehand, ask your doctor about any changes that may be required to your dose of Humulin R U-500. Your doctor or pharmacist can inform you of the proper disposal methods for your Insulin syringes and needles.

Possible Side Effects of Humulin R U-500

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Redness at injection site
  • Weight gain
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