Diabetes

Question
Posted by: Braam | 2009-04-07

Q.

insulin

Good day.

On 05/04/2009 I posted my question to the pharmacist, he has not yet replied. I was a private patient, but can no longer afford the insulin I' m taking. Ie Humalog and Humalin N. I now get my medication from the provincial hospital. They do not have the (expensive) mentioned insulin in stock. What alternative can I use? Can I replace the two insulin types to a new regime? I use 5 units of Humalog three times daily with meals, and 10 units Humalin N at bedtime. No need to say that I do not visit a private doctor, and the doctors at hand at the hospital are not that keen to prescribe alternate insulin. Surely there must be a generic regime of insulins available.

Thanks for the help so long.

Expert's Reply

A.

Diabetes expert

The Humulin N should be available at the provincial hospital, or else they may have Protaphane that is similar. If they do not have the Humalog you can use Humulin R, but you must remember that you must inject 30-60 minutes before the meal and not at the time of the meal as you have been used to do. You can therefore continue with your current regimen of injections before mealtime and a basal insulin.

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Posted by: Braam | 2009-04-12

Thank you very much for the information.

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