Insulin isophane is an intermediate-acting insulin used to treat diabetes.
Insulin isophane should be injected into the fatty tissue under the skin (subcutaneously). The abdomen (belly) is usually the best place to inject. Change the injection site regularly so that lumpiness under the skin does not develop.
Insulin isophane is cloudy and should be mixed before using. To do this, gently roll the vial between the palms of your hands or turn the pen upside down 20 times.
If it is almost time for your next dose of insulin isophane, skip the dose you missed and continue at your normal time. Do not inject two doses at the same time. Otherwise, inject the missed dose as soon as possible. If you are unsure, contact your health professional.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Low blood sugar (hypo): symptoms may include sweating, trembling, feeling anxious or irritable
|Drink or eat something sweet. Tell your health professional if this happens a lot or is severe.|
Pain, tenderness or redness at injection site
|Tell your health professional if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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