Mix Insulin?

Don Thornberry
By Don Thornberry Latest Reply 2009-07-18 19:33:16 -0500
Started 2009-07-18 13:41:30 -0500

Having recently started on Lantus (artifical) insulin, is it okay to take a small amount of "quick acting" Humalog (insulin ispro ) to lower B/S just before a meal when B/S is hight around 250-300 before eating a meal?


3 replies

MeMike
MeMike 2009-07-18 19:33:16 -0500 Report

Most people need to use both. The lantus is a long acting basal type insulin. This covers you throughout the day and night. Some people need to use short acting to compensate for high blood sugars and or food they eat. It is called a sliding scale for bringing down blood sugars. You take X amount of insulin to bring down your blood sugar X mg/dl. I use X because you will need to speak to your Dr to figure out what works for your body. Usually you begin with a "typical" dose, and then tweak your scale from there. You really should have some proffessional education rather than just experimenting. If you use short acting insulin for meals, that is a carb ratio. Note, you should not mix lantus and regular or short acting insulin in the same syrunge. They need to be administered in seperate injections.

PAT L
PAT L 2009-07-18 13:53:33 -0500 Report

WHEN I FIRST STARTED THEY TOLD ME THAT I COULD MIX THE TWO 1/2 HOUR BEFORE A MEAL IF MY BS WAS HIGH, OTHER WISE THE QUICK ACTION ONE JUST BEFORE A MEAL SO AS NOT TO LET YOUR BS GO OUT OF SIGHT…AFTER YOUR MEAL…NOW I USE THE 8 HR TWICE A DAY BECAUSE I WATCH WHAT I EAT TO HELP KEEP THE BS LOW AN IN CONTROL…

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-07-18 13:45:25 -0500 Report

Sure, a lot of people use that combination. Lantus or Levemir as a background insulin and humalog, novolog or apidra with food. I use Lantus once a day and Humalog 3-4 times a day. You just have to check with your doctor about doses so you don't take too much or too little.

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