novolog or humalog?

By kaitin Latest Reply 2011-12-26 21:54:36 -0600
Started 2010-07-14 18:03:05 -0500

i have been using humalog my whole diabetic life and recently tried using novolog. it didn't seem to work as well as the humalog. i was wondering if anyone has had the same results with using the novolog

6 replies 2011-12-26 21:48:32 -0600 Report

I just received notice from my health insurance company that eff next april they will no longer cover Humalog which I have been using since it first came on the market. I will have to switch to Novolog…Are these really drop in replacements for each other? Why is the insurance moving away from humalog??

Apprciate the help.


Caroltoo 2011-12-26 21:54:36 -0600 Report

Bummer! Cost is what usually motivates the insurance companies. Recently we have seen a number of them change the glucometers that they are willing to subsidize (meters and strips).

I don't use insulin, so will let someone else handle the other half of your question.

Anonymous 2010-07-16 14:57:38 -0500 Report

My daughter used both Novolog and Humalog and I found them both to work about the same for her. The one thing I did notice was when she switched each time, she would have frequent lows for the first couple of days or so. It didn't matter which insulin it was, the results were always the same. I assumed she built up a resistance to each of them after extended use. She now uses only Novolog in her pump.

rshadwel 2010-07-16 14:33:05 -0500 Report

I have used bith Novolog and Humalog off and on/back and forth. I usually just stick to Novolog in the summer bc it is resistant to heat and weather changes, whereas Humalog is not and can become less effective if goes from hot to cold and back again. I didn't notice much difference as far as Novolog being more or less effective, I just found that it could handle my long days in the sun and Humalog couldn't.

kdroberts 2010-07-14 19:08:29 -0500 Report

I use humalog and I've tried novolog and apidra. I love apidra, it worked great for me but the pens were junk and vials are not cost effective for me. Novolog worked but I found it stuck around too long and I ended up with a lot of low blood sugar 3-4 hours after eating.

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