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HUMULIN N is a prescription medication that can treat hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) in people diagnosed with diabetes.
HUMULIN N is available as either a vial or pen.
The vial requires a separate needle and syringe for injection. HUMULIN N insulin pen is a convenient option that does not require drawing up the medication. HUMULIN N pens are prefilled with insulin and can be adjusted to inject pre-set amounts.
Administer HUMULIN N vial or HUMULIN N pen subcutaneously (under the skin) as directed by your prescribing physician. The dose of insulin is unique and should not be adjusted unless directed.
Store HUMULIN N in the refrigerator before opening (36° to 46°F [2° to 8°C]). Once opened, the package can be stored at room temperature for 28 days and then discarded.
The active ingredient in HUMULIN N is human insulin isophane or NPH insulin. NPH insulin is an intermediate-acting insulin.
NPH insulin can last between 12 to 16 hours. Two injections per day are often enough for around-the-clock coverage. However, additionally, mealtime insulin may be required for proper blood glucose control.
The following can affect blood sugar, requiring higher or lower doses of insulin:
Never share insulin pens between patients, even if the pen needle is changed.
Insulin treatment increases the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which may be life-threatening.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of hypokalemia (low potassium), liver dysfunction, or kidney dysfunction.
The most common side effects of HUMULIN N can include:
Humulin N [package insert].Indianapolis, IN: Lilly; 2019.