Humulin 30/70 Cartridge
Your unused HUMULIN 30/70 cartridges should be stored in the refrigerator (2°-8°C). DO NOT FREEZE. The cartridge of insulin that you are currently using does not have to be refrigerated but should be kept at a temperature below 25°C, away from direct heat and sunlight and protected from freezing. The cartridge of insulin currently in use should be left in the pen and may be carried with you. Cartridges in use or not refrigerated should be discarded after 28 days even if they contain insulin
Overdose: Hypoglycemia (Insulin Reaction): Insulin reaction (too little sugar in the blood, also called "hypoglycemia") can be brought about by:
- Taking too much insulin
- Missing or delaying meals
- Exercising or working too hard just before a meal
- An infection or illness (especially with diarrhea or vomiting)
- A change in the body's need for insulin.
Symptoms and Treatment:
The first symptoms of insulin reaction usually come on suddenly and may include vague symptoms of fatigue, nervousness or “shakiness”, rapid heartbeat, nausea, and a cold sweat. It is of utmost importance that you understand that these symptoms demand immediate attention. The patient’s ability to concentrate and to react may be impaired as a result of hypoglycemia. This may constitute a risk in situations where these abilities are of special importance (e.g. driving a car or operating machinery – see Warnings and Precautions). A few patients who experienced hypoglycemic reactions after being transferred to HUMULIN have reported that these early warning symptoms were less pronounced than they were with animal-source insulin. Some people may not recognize when their blood sugar drops low. Eating sugar or a sugar-sweetened product will often correct the condition and prevent more serious symptoms. Artificial sweeteners are not useful for the treatment of hypoglycemia. If a diabetic becomes delirious or mentally confused, or suffers from loss of memory or delusions, corn syrup diluted or orange juice with sugar should be administered by mouth. More severe hypoglycemia may require the assistance of another person. Patients who are unable to take sugar orally or who are unconscious should be treated with intravenous administration of glucose at a medical facility or should be given an injection of glucagon (either intramuscular or subcutaneous). The patient should be given oral carbohydrates as soon as consciousness is recovered. In the event of a hypoglycemic reaction, whether mild or severe, you should notify your doctor promptly so that any desirable change in diet or dosage can be determined.
MISSED DOSE: It is very important to follow your insulin regimen exactly. Do not miss any doses of insulin. Discuss specific instructions with your doctor now in case you miss a dose of insulin in the future.
Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).