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NovoLog® in a Pump

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An insulin pump is a small battery-operated device that is about the size of an average cell phone. It can be clipped to your belt or waistband or carried in your pocket.

Insulin pumps may be helpful for people with diabetes who have more than one insulin injection per day. Pumps provide continuous insulin delivery in small doses, similar to the way the pancreas naturally produces insulin. They allow a person with diabetes to take their insulin automatically, whenever it is needed.

Benefits of NovoLog® in a pump

NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection) has been proven safe and effective for use in insulin pumps in children age 2 and older with type 1 diabetes and adults with diabetes.

NovoLog® is the first fast-acting insulin that can be used for up to 6 days in a pump before it needs to be changed. The table below shows how often to change NovoLog® in a pump. Please be sure to check the instructions that came with your pump.

Pump component Time frame
Reservoir Up to 6 days
Infusion set and infusion set insertion site Up to 3 days

Low rate of clogs in a pump

NovoLog® causes a low rate of clogs in pumps. That's good news if you are already using, or thinking about using, an insulin pump.

NovoLog® remains heat stable in pumps at normal body temperature (up to
98.6°F). This makes NovoLog® a good choice for people who keep their pumps discreetly beneath their clothing.

If you use an insulin pump, it's a good idea to have a back-up source for insulin. Ask your doctor if NovoLog® FlexPen®—or NovoPen Echo®, with both precise half-unit dosing and a memory function—could be a good option for you.

Indications and Usage

What is NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection)?

NovoLog® is a man-made insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.

Important Safety Information

Who should not use NovoLog®?

Do not use NovoLog® if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

What should I tell my health care provider before taking NovoLog®?

About all of your medical conditions, including liver, kidney, or heart problems.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to do either.
About all prescription and nonprescription medicines you take, including supplements, as your dose may need to change.

How should I take NovoLog®?

Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after using NovoLog®, a fast-acting insulin, to avoid low blood sugar. Do not inject NovoLog® if you do not plan to eat right after your injection or bolus pump infusion.
Do not mix NovoLog® with any other insulin when used in a pump or with any insulin other than NPH when used with injections by syringe.
Do not change your dose or type of insulin unless you are told to by your health care provider.
Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes.
Check your blood sugar levels as directed by your health care provider.

What should I consider while using NovoLog®?

Alcohol, including beer and wine, may affect your blood sugar.
Be careful when driving a car or operating machinery. You may have difficulty concentrating or reacting if you have low blood sugar. Talk to your health care provider if you often have low blood sugar or no warning signs of low blood sugar.

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

Low blood sugar, including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.
Serious allergic reactions may occur. Get medical help right away, if you develop a rash over your whole body, have trouble breathing, a fast heartbeat, or sweating.
Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, swelling of your hands and feet, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, vision changes, low potassium in your blood, and weight gain.

For more information, please click here for complete NovoLog® Prescribing Information.

NovoLog® is a prescription medicine.

Talk to your doctor about the importance of diet and exercise in your treatment plan.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Selected Important Safety Information

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

• Low blood sugar, including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.

• Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, swelling of your hands and feet, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, vision changes, low potassium in your blood, and weight gain.

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