About the use of Nov rapid Insulin

By G.Gopal Latest Reply 2009-10-28 07:59:02 -0500
Started 2009-10-23 23:21:58 -0500

I was taking Mixtard Insulin for several years.As my body is Insulin resistant nowadays,Mixtard Insulin is not acting.Hence Doctor adviced me to take Novorapid Insulin,which is 10 times costlier than the ordinary Mixtard Insulin.This is only acting in my body.Hereafterwards whether Mixtard insulin(Normal Insulin) will work or not in my body?

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G.Gopal 2009-10-27 23:26:57 -0500 Report

I have not received any satisfactory reply for my question.If any doctor is there in this group,kindly clarify my doubt.If i ask my doctor, he says,you continue the insulin,let us see.He is not much revealing about it.As a diabetic patient awareness of the discese is more important.But most of the doctors are not telling any thing,due to pressure of work.Hence if anyone knows about it please inform me about it.

kdroberts 2009-10-28 07:59:02 -0500 Report

There isn't much more to say really. The insulin you take is a rapid acting insulin that starts working quickly (within minutes), reaches it's peak quickly (usually within an hour) and then is out of your system quickly, usually all done within a few hours or so. The one you want to switch to is not like that. The 'quick' part of the mixtard starts working within an hour and lasts for about 6 hours or so and reaches a gradual peak and the intermediate part takes longer to work and lasts for 12 hours or so. It's a 30% 'rapid' (regular insulin) 70% intermediate (NPH insulin) mix. So, how it works is very different to the one you take now and would require some pretty major changes in how much you use and when you inject.

Novorapid is one of the newer analog insulins and because of that has a pretty hefty price tag. Regular and NPH are older types and comparatively very cheap. There is no reason why you can't switch if cost is a factor but it cannot be done without your own doctor since they are the one who knows your history and situation.

kdroberts 2009-10-24 14:13:32 -0500 Report

All insulin will work but there is a big difference between the two you mention and you will have to take that into consideration. Regular is not a very short acting insulin like the novorapid so you will need to adjust doses and timings. It's really a conversation you need to have with your doctor.

Harlen 2009-10-24 13:04:14 -0500 Report

You need to ask your Doc.
I dont see why it would not I am on Humalog and it works very well for me
hope this helps

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