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Insulin NPH and Insulin Regular (IN soo lin N P H & IN soo lin REG yoo ler)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

HumuLIN® 70/30; HumuLIN® 70/30 KwikPen; NovoLIN® 70/30

Brand Names: Canada

Humulin® 20/80; Humulin® 70/30; Novolin® ge 30/70; Novolin® ge 40/60; Novolin® ge 50/50

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to lower blood sugar in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes).

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to insulin or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Have your child wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
  • Do not run out of this drug.
  • If your child has kidney disease, talk with the doctor.
  • Have your child’s blood work checked often. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Get your child an eye exam and visit the foot doctor every year.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child’s doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Change in actions may change your child’s insulin needs. Keep actions the same.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child’s doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child shows any signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color or sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
  • If your child shows signs of low blood sugar or very high blood sugar.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you think your child’s health problem is worse.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

  • Low blood sugar may occur. Signs may be dizziness, headache, feeling sleepy, feeling weak, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, hunger, or sweating. Keep glucose tablets or liquid glucose on hand for low blood sugar.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.
  • Weight gain.
  • Irritation where the shot is given.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.
  • Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
  • Do not give out dated insulin.
  • Do not mix this insulin in the same syringe with other types of insulin.
  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.
  • Give 30 minutes before a meal.
  • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Have your child follow the diet and workout plan your child’s doctor told you about.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed shot as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next shot, skip the missed shot and go back to your child’s normal time.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store unopened containers in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • You may store opened vials at room temperature or in a refrigerator. If stored at room temperature, throw away any part not used after 4 or 6 weeks as you have been told.
  • Store opened cartridges and pens at room temperature. Throw away any part not used as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Protect opened containers from heat.
  • Protect opened containers from light.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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