How Effective is Humulin 70/30 & What are It’s Side Effects?

Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) condition is the known side effect of Humulin 70/30 medication. Signs of hypoglycemia are hunger, pale skin, headache, sweating, dizziness, irritability, lack of concentration and a shaky feeling. Always look for symptoms of low blood sugar when using this medicine, and carry with you glucose tablets or non-dietetic candy just in case you suffer from low blood sugar levels.

How Effective is Humulin 70/30?

How Effective is Humulin 70/30?

Humulin 70/30 is made up of insulin regular and insulin isophane. Insulin hormone reduces the levels of blood sugars. Insulin regular is short acting insulin while insulin isophane is an intermediate acting form of insulin. Effects of this mixture are evident between 10 to 20 min after injection. The climax is in 2 hours and it will last for 24 hour.

Humulin 70/30 is utilized effectively to advance blood sugar management in adults suffering from diabetes mellitus.

You should never use Humulin 70/30 injection if you are suffering from low blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. You should not share the syringe or the injection pen with other people even if the needle is or has been replaced.

Before Using Humulin 70/30

People who are allergic to insulin or those who have incidences of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) should never use Humulin 70/30.

Humulin 70/30 should not be given to persons under the age of 18 years. To be safe with Humulin 70/30 medication, inform your doctor if you have:

  • Hypokalemia – low potassium levels in your blood.
  • Kidney or liver problems.

Inform your physician if you are using other oral diabetes medicines like rosiglitazone or pioglitazone which are sometimes made up of metformin or glimepiride. Taking these medications while on insulin therapy may escalate your danger of having severe heart issues.

Strictly adhere to your doctor’s advice when receiving humulin 70/30 injection and you are nursing a baby or pregnant. Blood sugar management is very key during pregnancy and the dosage needs to be altered at different pregnancy trimesters. Your humulin dosage can also be different when you are nursing your child.

How to Use Humulin 70/30?

Strictly use this medicine as advised by your doctor. Adhere to all the instructions on the prescription label. Do not use Humulin 70/30 for longer duration or in large quantities than prescribed.

Insulin injection is shot subcutaneously. Your doctor will guide you on how to inject yourself at home. Never inject yourself if you do not know how to do it properly and how to dispose the utilized syringes and needles safe.

Humulin 70/30 medication should not be administered using insulin pump or concurrently with other insulin types. Never inject this medication into your muscle or a vein. Your doctor will show you the right place to inject this medicine. Always use a different spot every time you inject Humulin 70/30. You should not inject the same spot twice in a row.

Make sure you eat food within 30 to 45 minutes after Humulin 70/30 injection.

If you are administering Humulin 70/30 only utilize the pen that is packed with this medicine. You should always connect a new needle before each injection. Never convey the insulin from the injection pen into the syringe.

You should not share Humulin 70/30 syringe or the injection pen with other people even if the needle is or has been replaced. Sharing of the injection pen or the syringe may cause diseases or infections transmission from one patient to another.

Only use the disposable syringes or needles once. Make sure you adhere to the local or state laws governing the disposal of used syringes and needles. Utilize a puncture proof disposal container. Your pharmacist can help you on safe disposal methods. Keep the container away from pets and children.

Hypoglycemia can affect any diabetes patient. Signs of hypoglycemia are hunger, pale skin, headache, sweating, dizziness, irritability, confusion and a shaky feeling. To hurriedly treat hypoglycemia, carry an immediate source of sugar like hard candy, fruit juice, raisins, crackers or non diet soda.

Your physician may recommend a glucagon emergency injection kit if you cannot drink or eat and you have serious hypoglycemia. Teach your friends or family members how to administer this injection during emergency.

What are the Side Effects of Humulin 70/30?

Seek immediate medical assistance when you suffer allergic reactions to Humulin 70/30, such as:

  • Rapid heartbeats
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Swelling or redness on the injection spot
  • Itching skin rash on your whole body
  • Swelling of the throat or tongue
  • Feeling as if you can faint.

Contact your doctor immediately when you have;

  • Signs of fluid retention like short breaths increase in weight, swelling of the feet and hands.
  • Signs of low potassium levels like constipation, leg cramps, uneven heartbeats, tingling or numbness, limp feeling or weak muscles. Increased urination and thirst.

Common Side Effects of Humulin 70/30 are:

  • Hollowing and thickening of the skin on the injection spot.
  • Slight skin rash and itching,
  • Low blood sugars are major side effect of humulin 70/30.
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 10, 2019

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