By Blessed617 Latest Reply 2010-11-22 18:16:42 -0600
Started 2010-11-20 22:17:21 -0600

As I read the posts I get more and more confused. When I was initially diagnosed I was put on metformin and worked up to 1000mg 2x daily. In August I landed in the hospital and taken off the metformin and sent home on insulin with absolutely no instruction on how to administer it besides take novolog with meals and levemir at bedtime. I understand that I need to work on regular meal times but that is not always possible. My prescription says to take WITH meals but now I read where some take it before meals. When I was in the hospital I got it at various times depending on when the nurse got to me. Does it make a difference when I take the fast acting insulin? I take the Levemir at the same time every night. Should I set times throughout the day to take the Novolog or should I take it with a meal or before a meal? Any input is greatly appreciated. Oh, as for why I was taken off the met and on the insulin, I have no idea. I don't mind though as my readings are much lower with the insulin.

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candyjb 2010-11-22 18:16:42 -0600 Report

I take my Lantus 2x a day also because when I was taking 1x it wouldn't last for the 24 hours. I take my Novalog or Humalog according to the amount of carbs I eat…there are some great books that help with carb counting and include several restaurants, name brand foods at your grocery store, etc. Just go to your local Waldenbooks or Borders and I believe the author's name is Corrine T Netzger…she has done several of these books. Once you figure out the things you eat most it's pretty easy. Hope this helps

realsis77 2010-11-21 09:55:13 -0600 Report

I take my lantus long acting insulin in the morning. Then I take my humulin after meals because this is what my rx called for but I believe most people take the second shoet acting insulin before meals. I would immediatly contact my doctor or hospital and ask for specific instructions that are for you because everyone is different! Its important to know how they intended you to take your meds! No one but your doctor can answer that. Id call right away! They should have given you better instructions. Good luck and make that call its very important!because it depends on your doctor how the rx is to be administered and it dosent matter how others take there's it matters what your doctor wants for you!

Elrond 2010-11-21 00:28:58 -0600 Report

The Lantus is a long-acting insulin that is slowly absorbed into your system. It's a good idea to take it at the same time every day to assure a steady rate of absorption and also to help establish a routine. Novolog is a short-acting insulin that begins lowering your blood sugar 20 to 30 minutes after injection. When I was using Novolog, I tried to take it 20 to 30 minutes before eating but sometimes that was difficult. Ask your doctor for a 'sliding scale' where you adjust your Novolog dosage according to your current sugar reading. As you become more proficient, you can further fine-tune it by adjusting for the amount of carbs you intend to eat. When in doubt, though, err on the side of caution and don't drive your sugar too low. Test 2 hours after a meal and if you're still too high, a small insulin 'booster' may be in order. It's a very good idea to keep a log of every insulin dose you take along with everything you eat. Your doctor or diabetes educator will be able to use that to see how your body responds to insulin dosages and various foods.

snuggums3030 2010-11-20 22:25:46 -0600 Report

My daughter takes her novolog before she eats and for corrections. She was just diagnosed 10/05/2010. I'm still learning. She was told 3 days ago hopefully by Christmas she will be put on a pump. She doesn't take her novolog at the same time every day but she takes her lantus at the same time every night. Good luck. Let me know how it turns out. I hope this helps you.

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