Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in late 2015, Ryzodeg 70/30 is now available for treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Ryzodeg is a unique insulin because it is a blend of 70 percent insulin degludec, a long-acting insulin, and 30 percent insulin aspart, a rapid-acting insulin.

Researchers evaluated 362 type 1 patients and 998 type 2 patients who previously had inadequately controlled blood sugars. The patients used Ryzodeg 70/30 for 26 weeks in a controlled clinical trial. At the conclusion of the trial, those using Ryzodeg 70/30 had improved their A1c and overall blood sugar management.

How should I take Ryzodeg 70/30?

All medications should be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. This insulin starts acting fast, and it is intended to be taken either once a day with your main meal or twice a day with your two largest meals, depending on your healthcare provider’s instruction. You should consistently check your blood sugar levels along with taking Ryzodeg 70/30 to monitor how the insulin affects your blood sugars.

What are the possible side effects?

In clinical trials, Ryzodeg 70/30 caused several common side effects: allergic reaction, reaction at the injection site, skin thickening or pits at the injection site, itching, rash, swelling of the hands and feet, and weight gain.

The following side effects are less common and you should seek emergency help if you experience them: trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.

Is Ryzodeg 70/30 right for you?

Only you and your healthcare provider can decide which treatment option is the best for you. You should always know what brand and dosage of insulin you take in case of emergency. Never swap or stop an insulin type or strength without consulting your doctor. If you are looking to change your insulin, discuss the options with your doctor, keeping in mind that insulins like Ryzodeg 70/30 are becoming available to the public all the time and may help you achieve better health.

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