Also known as Novolin GE Toronto (in Canada)
Novolin R is a short-acting insulin and begins to lower blood sugar within 30-60 minutes of administration before peaking within 2 to 3 hours and then continuing blood glucose leveling for 7-8 hours. Novolin R can be used for treatment of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and as a short-acting insulin it provides more immediate blood glucose leveling for patients with the primary concern of blood sugar spiking after meals. Insulin regular promotes blood sugar being moved into cells to be used for energy rather than remaining in the blood and taking Novolin R also means the patient’s blood sugar will peak earlier after meals and then be much less elevated in the hours afterwards.
Standard dosage guidelines for Novolin R is to administer injection 30 minutes before each meal of the day. A Novolin R sliding scale may be advised by your doctor to determine what is the best dose for you.
Injection may be made into one of 4 acceptable injection sites: buttocks / thighs / abdomen (excluding a 2” radius around navel) / back of upper arm.
Choose a different injection site for every new injection. Successive injections at the same injection site may promote lipodystrophy of skin at injection site.
Wash your hands.
Prepare syringe for injection, including attaching needle if required depending on the type of syringe you are using.
Insert needle tip through vial covering and into Novolin R insulin solution and pull back on plunger handle to fill syringe with insulin, measuring correct amount by looking at measurement points on the syringe.
Once syringe is filled to the correct amount, remove the needle from the vial and keep needle in upright position and firmly in hand as you prepare to administer the injection.
Administer Novolin R injection in one of the three spots listed above.
Allow needle to remain in your skin for at least 5 seconds to ensure all of your insulin dose has been injected.
The active ingredients in Novolin R is Insulin Regular.
Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart failure, kidney or liver problems, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), low potassium levels (hypokalemia), or allergic reactions before starting on Novolin R insulin.
Medication is not suitable for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis.
Keep Novolin R insulin stored at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C) or at room temperature below 86°F (30°C) as indicated in your medication. Keep opened Novolin R vials stored at a temperature less than 77°F (25°C), but any unused vials must be thrown out after 42 days.
There is the possibility of negative drug interactions between Novolin R and other Rx or OTC mediations, including oral antidiabetic medications / pramlintide acetate / angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors / disopyramide / fibrates / fluoxetine (Prozac) / monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors / propoxyphene / salicylates / somatostatin analogs like octreotide) / sulfonamide antibiotics / corticosteroids / niacin / danazol / diuretics / isoniazid / somatropin / atypical antipsychotics / clonidine / pentamidine.
Tell your doctor of all medications you are taking before receiving a medication and proceeding to buy Novolin R insulin from Canada.
Novolin R side effects are possible, and some users may have sweating, shakiness, dizziness or lightheadedness, elevated heartbeat, blurred vision, feet or hand tingling, slurred speech, anxiety, irritability or mood change, concentration difficulties, or headache. If these side effects are experienced you may want to stop use and meet with your doctor again to discuss insulin vial alternatives to Novolin R for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes treatment.