Humalog mixes start working faster than other insulins that contain regular human insulin.
Using Humalog Premixed Insulin KwikPen
Humalog® KwikPen® is a lightweight, small pen that’s prefilled with mealtime insulin. Plus, since it doesn’t need to be refrigerated after first use, you can take anywhere. Due to its small size and portability, you can take it with you. Store it in your backpack, purse or pocket. It’s a good idea to always carry an extra pen.
Once you start using Humalog KwikPen, it should be stored at room temperature, below 86°F (30°C), and must be used within 10 days or be discarded, even if it still contains Humalog.
About Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen 100IU/ml
The Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen 100IU/ml is an insulin pen that contains a combination of two medications, insulin lispro (25%) that has a fast onset of action and insulin lispro protamine (75%) that has a prolonged duration of action. Together, these two medicines ensure a consistent and rapid sugar control throughout the day by facilitating re-uptake of sugar in muscle and fat cells and suppressing the production of sugar in the liver.
Insulin should be part of your diabetes treatment program advised by a doctor, combined with a healthy diet, exercise and weight reduction.
The Humalog Mix25 KwikPen is normally prescribed alongside a long-acting type of insulin by doctors. It effectively manages blood sugar levels for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to avoid diabetes-related complications.
Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen: Usage
Your doctor or nurse should instruct you on how to properly administer your insulin correctly.
Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen is injected under the skin (subcutaneously). Inject in the abdomen for faster absorption. Insulin can also be injected in the skin of the upper legs and arms or buttocks. After injection, do not massage the area of injection.
It is taken 15 minutes before your meal or within 20 minutes of starting your meal.
It is important to monitor blood sugar levels regularly and share results with your doctor so they can provide the correct dosage based on your individual needs.
Rotate injection sites in order to prevent hard lumps from forming at injection sites.
Low blood sugar or hypoglycemia may result when taken with other antidiabetic medicines, skipping or delaying meals or consuming alcohol.
Carry a sugar source such as glucose tablets, candy or sugary drink for immediate relief from hypoglycemia.
Open insulin vials or cartridges can be stored at room temperature for up to 4 weeks. Unopened vials should refrigerated at 2°C–8°C.
How to inject insulin?
1. Wash hands before injecting.
2. Choose area for injection
3. Clea area of injection
4. Stabilie the skin by pinching it
5. Insert the needle
6. Press the knob
7. Pull the needle out and apply gentle pressure over site of injection for a few seconds
8. Using the outer needle cap, unscrew needle and dispose as instructed by pharmacist
Preparation of Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen 100IU/ml
You should rotate the Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen in the palm of your hand ten times and inverted 180 degrees ten times before use in order to re-suspend the insulin until it appears cloudy or milky. Do not use until the contents are mixed. Do not shake the device too hard as this may cause frothing can can interfere with dose measuring. Examine the device for any particles floating inside giving a frosted appearance.
How to prime your Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen
Priming your pen is required. If this is not done or done correctly, then you may receive too much or too little insulin. To do, turn the dial 2 units. Hold your pen with needle pointing up. Tap cartridge holder to get air bubbles to the top. Push the dose knob until the dosage window stops at “0”. Hold dose knob and count to five. You should then see the insulin at the tip of the needle.
What to do if the dose knob becomes stiff or hard to push?
Pushing the dose knob on the pen slowly will make it easier to inject. Put on a new needle and prime the pen if the needle is blocked.
Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen: Side Effects
An essential part of managing your diabetes is through the management of blood glucose levels. If you control your blood sugar levels you can avoid serious complications such as nerve damage, eye damage, kidney damage and loss of limbs.
Managing blood glucose levels is an essential part of managing diabetes. If you can control the level you will reduce the risk of getting any of the serious complications of diabetes such as kidney damage, eye damage, nerve problems, and loss of limbs. Taking this medicine regularly along with proper diet and exercise will help you live a normal, healthy life.
As with most insulin medications, the most common side effect is low blood sugar levels also known as hypoglycemia. This can be avoided by injecting the correct dosage, having regular meals and monitoring blood sugar levels regularly. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption as this can also lower blood sugar levels.
Allergic reactions at the site of injection such as redness, hard lumps (lypodystrophy), and swelling are also common. Some have reported itching and rashes while taking insulin.
Common side effects of Humalog Mix25:
- Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia). Symptoms of hypoglycemia may include confusion, headache, palpitations, shakiness, increased heartbeat, anxiety, blurred vision, headache, vomiting, sweating, mood changes, hunger, irritability and listlessness.
- Allergic reaction at injection site
- Lipodystrophy (skin thickening or pits at injection site)
The following drugs may require an increase of insulin:
- oral contraceptives
- certain lipid-lowering drugs (ie niacin)
- thyroid replacement therapy
The following drugs can decrease insulin requirement:
- angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors
- oral antidiabetic agents
- angiotensin II receptor blocking agents
- certain antidepressants (monoamine oxidase inhibitors)
- beta-adrenergic blockers
- inhibitors of pancreatic function
- beta-adrenergic blockers may mask symptoms of hypoglycemia for some.
- sulfa antibiotics
Most side effects do not require medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medication.
It is important to advise your doctor if you are experiencing any side effects so they can adjust your dosage and treatment.
Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen: Warnings & Precautions
Notify your doctor if you currently have any liver, kidney or heart problems before starting treatment.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the dosage may be adjusted.
Humalog Mix 25 Kwikpen quick pen is generally safe to take during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown that there are little to no side effects to developing babies, however there have been limited human studies. Insulin requirements usually fall during the first trimester and increase during the second and third trimesters. Inform your doctor is you are pregnant.
It is also safe during breastfeeding. Human studies have shown that the medication does not pass through breast milk in a significant amount that would be harmful to the baby. During breastfeeding your doctor may recommend adjusting dosage requirements, diet or both.
Do not stop taking medication unless instructed by your doctor.
Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if blood sugar levels are too high or too low unless suggested differently by your doctor.
Patients with liver or kidney disease should use with caution. Consult your doctor as you may require a dose adjustment.