Novolin N (Insulin)

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  • Product Details


    NOVOLIN N insulin is a prescription drug that is used to treat hyperglycemia. NOVOLIN N contains a type of insulin called isophane insulin, which is a modified version of regular human insulin.

    Isophane insulin (NPH insulin) is an intermediate-acting insulin that begins working in about one hour and can continue working for about 12-16 hours.

    NOVOLIN N insulin provides “basal” insulin that helps achieve glycemic control around the clock.


    Inject NOVOLIN N insulin under the skin one to two times daily. The prescriber will determine the most appropriate dose based on patient characteristics.

    Rotate injection sites to avoid lipodystrophy and localized cutaneous amyloidosis. 

    NOVOLIN N insulin can be mixed with regular human insulin.

    Once the vial is opened, it can be stored at room temperature for 28 days and then discarded.


    The active ingredient in NOVOLIN N is isophane insulin human suspension.


    Several drugs can affect blood sugar. If you are taking any of the following drugs, they can increase or decrease blood sugar. Changes in blood sugar may require adjustments to the insulin dose:

    • Alcohol
    • Atypical Antipsychotics
    • Beta-blockers
    • Clonidine
    • Corticosteroids
    • Disopyramide
    • Diuretics
    • Estrogens/Progesterones
    • Fibrates
    • Fluoxetine
    • Isoniazid
    • Lithium
    • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
    • Niacin
    • Oral antidiabetic agents
    • Pentoxifylline
    • Phenothiazine derivatives
    • Pramlintide
    • Propoxyphene
    • Protease inhibitors
    • Salicylates
    • Somatostatin Analogues
    • Somatropin
    • Sulfonamide Antibiotics
    • Sympathomimetic agents
    • Thyroid replacement medication


    Never share NOVOLIN N insulin pens with other patients, even if the pen needles have been changed.

    NOVOLIN N can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which can be life-threatening. The signs of hypoglycemia often include:

    • Anxiety
    • Confusion
    • Dizziness
    • Fatigue
    • Hunger
    • Irritability
    • Pale skin
    • Sweating
    • Tremor

    Monitor blood sugar frequently while taking NOVOLIN N and other insulin products.

    Side Effects

    The most common side effects of NOVOLIN N include:

    • Allergic reactions
    • Edema
    • Injection site reactions
    • Lipodystrophy
    • Pruritis
    • Rash
    • Weight gain


    1. Novolin N [package insert].Plainsboro, NJ: Novo Nordisk; 2019.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13364

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