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humalog vs novorapid

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by zoeee, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. zoeee

    zoeee · Member

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    i'm currently on humalog (and lantus), but it doesn't seem to "kick in" as quickly as it should do... i've been rotating the injection site just incase that was the problem, but it still doesn't seem as instant as it should be, and my sugars will be high for about an hour (or two!) after i eat before it seems to start working - especially in the mornings, which can't be right..?
    someone told me that novorapid had a slightly faster and longer peak action time, is that right? if so, that could be better for me than the humalog?

    and are there any other differences between them? - i'd ask my "handy diabetes nurse" but i still don't have one!!
     
  2. cugila

    cugila · Master

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    Humalog is supposed to have an effect after approx 15 mins, peak activity around 1½ hrs and a duration of about 2 - 5 hrs.

    Novorapid is supposed to have an effect after approx 10-20 mins, peak activity around 1-3 hrs and a duration of about 3-5 hrs.

    Here's a link to various Insulin profiles which I posted in another thread :

    http://www.mims.co.uk/Tables/882439/Ins ... parations/
     
  3. smidge

    smidge LADA · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Zoeee!

    I use Apidra which seems to work very quickly and then leave my system very quickly - sometimes a little too quickly as the two-hour reading can be brilliant (or a little low on occasions), but a three-hour reading can show my BG rising a bit as the slow-release carbs can hit me after the Apidra action has finished :roll: (This seems to happen particularly when I eat egg noodles). Another member has advised me to split the dose, which I will try. The good thing with Apidra is that I can take it immediately after my meal and it's still effective - so I know how much I've eaten when I take it, instead of guessing how much I might eat!

    As for Humalog and Novarapid, it's interesting that many people on this site state that Novarapid has a slower on-set and more of a 'tail'. However, the Registrar I saw recently insisted that Novarapid, Humalog and Apidra all have the same profile and that many tests have been carried out which prove it. He was questoning why I'd been prescribed Apidra rather than Novorapid - I think it must be more expensive judging by his expression :lol: I think you just have to try them and find one that works for you - maybe you could ask for one 3ml cartridge of each and try them for a couple of weeks each? At the moment, I'm very happy with Apidra.

    Smidge
     
  4. Bassiette

    Bassiette Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My Doctor wrote for me Humalog as ot is cheaper and was available when there was problem with novonordisk in my country i used both and i couldn't feel such a difference
     
  5. scotteric

    scotteric Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    NovoRapid and Humalog have similar profiles, and while both are faster than Regular insulin, neither is anything close to instant. You could try Fiasp, it is the fastest insulin currently available and is essentially NovoRapid with a couple added ingredients to speed up the absorption.
     
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