Hypoglycemia which is a low blood sugar condition is the highly experienced side effect of humulin N or insulin isophane 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 N?
Humulin N or insulin isophane is an artificially made hormone formed in the body. Insulin hormone effectively reduces the levels of blood sugars. Insulin isophane is an intermediate type of insulin that takes effect within 2 to 4 hours after administration, its peak effectiveness is between 4 to 12 hours and the effects will last up to 12 or 18 hours.
- Humulin N is effectively utilized to advance blood sugar management in children and adults suffering from diabetes mellitus.
- You should never use this 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 N
- People who are allergic to insulin isophane or those who have occurrence of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) should never use humulin N or insulin isophane.
- Humulin N or insulin isophane should not be given to children without the approval of your doctor.
To be safe with humulin N or insulin isophane 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 such as 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 N or insulin isophane 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 N or insulin isophane dosage can also be different when you are nursing your child.
How Should One Use Humulin N?
Humulin N or insulin isophane injection is shot under the skin. 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 N or insulin isophane medication should not be administered using insulin pump and you should never inject it 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 N or insulin isophane. you should not inject the same spot twice in a row.
If you are administering humulin N or insulin isophane using an injection pen, then use only 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 the 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.
You should only use the disposable syringes or needles once. Make sure that you follow to the letter the local or state laws governing the disposal of used syringes and needles. Utilize a puncture proof disposal container to dispose the used devices. Your pharmacist can help you acquire one or how to carry out safe disposal. Keep the container away from pets and children.
Hypoglycemia may occur in any patient with diabetes. Signs of hypoglycemia are hunger, pale skin, headache, sweating, dizziness, irritability, lack of concentration and a shaky feeling. To hurriedly treat hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, 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 are not able to drink or eat and you have serious hypoglycemia. Make sure that your friends or family members understand how to administer this injection in case of an emergency.
What are the Side Effects of Humulin N?
Seek immediate medical assistance when you suffer allergic reactions to humulin N or insulin isophane, 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 such as short breaths increase in weight, swelling of the feet and hands.
- Signs of low potassium levels such as constipation, leg cramps, uneven heartbeats, tingling or numbness, limp feeling or weak muscles. Increased urination and thirst.
Common side effects of humulin are:
- Hollowing and thickening of the skin where the injection was shot.
- Slight skin rash and itching are all side effects of humulin N or insulin isophane.
- Low blood sugars.