Novolog Flexpen (Insulin Aspart) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Novolog Insulin Flexpen
Novolog Insulin Flexpen is a prefilled insulin pen that contains man-made insulin that works to lower blood glucose. The generic name of Novolog is Insulin Aspart. Insulin Aspart is a rapid acting form of insulin. The prefilled insulin pen is an innovative delivery system that allows the patient to adjust the insulin dose in increments.
The Novolog Insulin Flexpen contains around 300 units of insulin. You can inject 1-60 units of insulin from the prefilled insulin pen at a time. Novolog is specifically prescribed to treat Type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes/diabetes mellitus in adults and children above 2 years of age. Novolog is generally given with long-acting insulin. You should buy Novolog Insulin Flexpen only after consulting your doctor. Follow the dosage instructions strictly.
Side Effects for Novolog Insulin Flexpen
Some people may experience side-effects such as rashes, fast heart rate, wheezing, breathing problems, dizziness, and sweating after taking the recommended dosage of Novolog Insulin Flexpen. You need to immediately get medical help if you notice or experience any side effects after taking the prescribed dosage.
Some people may also experience serious side effects such as swelling of the feet or hands, extreme thirst, muscle weakness, discomfort in the legs, increased urination, and a limp feeling. You should buy Novolog Insulin Flexpen only as per the recommendation of your doctor and follow the dosage instructions strictly to prevent any unwanted side effects.
You should not use Novolog Insulin Flexpen if you are having an episode of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) or if you are allergic to insulin. You should inform your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease. Your blood sugar level is dependent on various factors such as diet, exercise, medication and lifestyle. Novolog is only one part of a program for treating diabetes mellitus and it is necessary that you follow your medication, diet and exercise routines strictly.
Novolog is a rapid-acting insulin which is taken to control the sugar levels that rise after taking meals. Doctors generally recommend you to take Novolog Insulin Flexpen before or after meals. If you are taking a Novolog dose before meal time, then it is necessary that you start eating your meal within 15 minutes after taking the insulin dose. Your doctor will schedule appointments to check your progress, and it is necessary that you do not miss an appointment during the treatment
Novolog Insulin Flexpen Dosage
Novolog is a rapid-acting insulin which is different from regular human insulin. The total requirement of insulin differs with each individual and so, the dosage of Novolog Insulin Flexpen may vary from person to person. Generally, Novolog provides for 50 to 70% of the total insulin requirement, and the remaining requirement of insulin should be fulfilled by using long-acting or intermediate acting insulin.
Novolog Insulin Flexpen dosage can interact with other medications such as Clonidine, Guanethidine, Atenolol, Bisoprolol, Labetalol, Metoprolol, Nadolol and several other medications. Thus, it is necessary that you provide the list of medications you take to your doctor. You should tell your doctor about prescribed medicines, non-prescription pills (over the counter medication) and herbal medicines you take before he/she recommends a dose of Novolog insulin to lower your blood sugar.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.