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Insulin Glulisine

Uses

This injection is used by individuals with Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes who need insulin to manage their high blood sugar levels

Drug class: Anti-diabetics, Fast-Acting Insulins

Route of administration: Subcutaneous

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Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES

Is it an OTC drug? NO

Mechanism of action

The rapid-acting injection Insulin Glulisine takes effect within 15 minutes, but lasts only for a short time of 2-4 hours. It works just like insulin, which is normally produced by the body. In addition, it blocks the release of glucose from the liver and helps muscle and fat cells retake glucose. 

Side effects

Weight gain, redness/pain/irritation at the site of injection, low blood sugar levels, dizziness, weakness, abnormally fast heart rate, muscle cramps, sweating, swelling of face/throat/tongue, blurred vision, shortness of breath, swelling of hands/arms/feet/legs, rash/itching.

Precautions

Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:

If you are allergic to it or have any other allergies,

If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),

When you have a history of hepatic (liver) disease, renal (kidney) disease, or thyroid issues.

If you have undergone any type of surgery,

It should not be used if you have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar or glucose levels)

Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of obtaining low blood sugar levels. It may also cause headaches, vomiting, nausea, flushing, disorientation, and anxiety.

You may have dizziness, changes in vision, or lack of awareness as a result of low or high blood sugar levels.

When your body is stressed, controlling your blood glucose level becomes challenging.

Consult your doctor if you get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding while using this medication.

Consult your doctor if you are pregnant.

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