Novolog and Humalog... are they the same?

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2015-06-08 22:17:07 -0500
Started 2013-10-15 15:05:47 -0500

So I recently was in at the doctor's office and he had some samples of Novolog insulin that he gave me to try because they were out of Humalog (which is what I have been using for over a decade in my insulin pump). He said they work essentially the same and that I shouldn't have any problems interchanging them. It's not that I don't trust him, but it just seems strange that there wouldn't be any differences in two different brands of insulin. Do any of you have any experience with switching from one to the other and if there really are differences that would effect my blood sugar management?

Tags: insulin

5 replies

Anonymous 2015-06-08 22:17:07 -0500 Report

I'm being forced by ins to switch from Novolog to Humalog and (new) endocrinologist seems to think they are the "same" despite the fact that
I have shown an abnormal sensitivity to insulin in any form and have used Novolog in my pump for the past five years without problem. I have also investigated online and find that the consensus is that they are similar but not the same. My doctor is refusing to address the issue, so I think it may be time to try "another" endocrinologist, though I now believe they are ALL controlled by the insurance companies. I have noticed that each dr no matter the specialty or lack of it, have to touch my stomach. Think it is a criteria which qualifies an "office visit" charge?!

Any comments?

MoeGig 2013-10-16 21:00:08 -0500 Report

They are basically the same. I switched from one to the other…they basically are both fast acting insulins. I think Humalog is a little more quick acting, but it's not a big deal.

Harlen 2013-10-15 15:49:32 -0500 Report

I don't feel they are.
When they switched me over I had to use a lot more lovolog then I did humalog
But with the price of novolog being lower the ins comp forced the switch.