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HUMALOG mix 75/25 is a prescription medication used to treat diabetes mellitus. It can be used for the treatment of either type 1 diabetes mellitus or type 2 diabetes mellitus.
People with diabetes have blood sugar that is too high. Insulin helps to lower and correct blood sugar to normal levels.
The dose of insulin HUMALOG 75/25 is dosed based on the individual. Take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Your doctor may have you take a set dose every day or may have you adjust your dose based on your blood sugar levels.
HUMALOG 75/25 contains a mixture of a rapid-acting insulin and intermediate-acting insulin.
Insulin lispro is a rapid-acting insulin that begins working in about 15 minutes. While taking rapid-acting insulin products, it is essential not to skip meals, or you may experience low blood sugar.
Insulin lispro protamine suspension is an intermediate-acting insulin. It begins working in about 1 hour and lasts for 12 hours. This insulin makes up 75% of HUMALOG 75/25. This insulin mixture provides around-the-clock coverage for high blood sugar.
Insulin has drug interactions that are different from other types of drugs. There are no direct drug-drug interactions, but certain medications can change the levels of blood sugar. Common drugs that impact blood sugar include:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the above medications. Your dose of insulin may need to be adjusted.
Use caution if you have a history of kidney or liver problems. These conditions will affect the dose of insulin required for diabetes treatment.
Insulin increases the risk of hypoglycemia, which is when the blood sugar is too low. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not familiar with the symptoms. Some symptoms of hypoglycemia may include:
Low blood sugar can be a medical emergency. Speak with your doctor about how you should manage these symptoms.
The most common side effects of insulin products are: