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New to humalog- anything I need to know (and concerned/ embarrassed revelation)?

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by Jessitalia, Nov 13, 2018.

  1. Jessitalia

    Jessitalia Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My new doctor has put me on Humalog. When I asked how it was different to Novoraoid she said it was “exactly the same” so I didn’t think to ask anything else.

    However! Now I’ve googled it I fear I’ve been taking Novoraoid incorrectly for 15 years!!

    It was a big deal when I went on it because before it I had to inject 30 mins before eating. Once Novorapid was introduced I was told I could inject AFTER I’d eaten, therefore counting carbs and adjusting dosage as accurately as possible.

    But now I’ve read Novorapid/ Humalog should be injected before food!

    What the...?!

    So: will I notice any difference with Humalog?

    And

    Can I take it after eating or is before food better?

    Thanks.
     
  2. alphabeta

    alphabeta Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I have been using Humalog since the beginning and it is MUCH MUCH better than NovoRapid because Humalog is more consistent and quickly absorbed (you would barely see a drop in BG levels after 3 hours) and works quicker than NovoRapid (in practice not theory). You should take it 10-20 minutes before food, but this time frame is flexible according to your spikes. I usually need 15 minutes pre bolus for morning and evening meals, but for lunch I do not pre bolus as I do not spike. But again, this is an individual thing. Good luck :)
     
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    Jessitalia Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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  4. tim2000s

    tim2000s Type 1 · Expert
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    As always, your diabetes may vary. I see very little difference between novorapid and humalog. The one important point is that you need to inject before food with both insulins.
     
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