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HUMULIN 70/30 is a prescription insulin product that treats high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) in people with diabetes. It can be used for type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, patients have damaged pancreas cells. Normally, the pancreas produces insulin to manage and control increases in blood sugar. The pancreas cells of a person with type 1 diabetes do not produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar.
In type 2 diabetes, patients produce insulin, but the other cells of their body are resistant to it. Prescription insulin can help to give them the extra insulin needed to regulate blood sugar.
Inject HUMULIN insulin 70/30 under the skin. Administer 30-45 minutes before a meal.
Rotate injection sites to reduce the risk of injection site side effects. Injections sites include the abdomen, thigh, upper arms, and buttocks.
HUMULIN 70/30 is a mixture of regular human insulin and human insulin isophane (NPH insulin). The mixture of insulin allows for 24-hour control of high blood sugar when used correctly.
Regular human insulin is short-acting and begins working in about 30-45 minutes.
Human insulin isophane is an intermediate-acting insulin that can work for 12 to 20 hours.
While insulin does not directly interact with other medications, many can impact blood sugar. Use caution if you are taking any of the following:
These medications may make your normal insulin dose more effective or less effective. Your dose may need to be adjusted while taking them.
Liver or kidney damage may affect your dose of insulin.
Use caution if you have a history of low potassium levels (hypokalemia).
The most common side effect of insulin treatment is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can be life-threatening. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of hypoglycemia by speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Common side effects of HUMULIN 70/30 can include:
Humulin 70/30 [package insert].Indianapolis, IN: Lilly; 2019.