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When You Need More
Blood Sugar Control


Even if you've been doing everything you can to manage your diabetes, you may still need more control over your blood sugar. This doesn't mean that you haven't been doing everything right. Diabetes changes over time. The most important thing about managing diabetes is finding the diabetes care plan that works best for you.

What is basal-bolus insulin therapy?

In the body of a person without diabetes, insulin works to control blood sugar:

  • Insulin is released in steady amounts, day and night, to help control blood sugar between meals and during sleep
  • Insulin is also released in bursts to help control blood sugar from meals

Someone with diabetes may need help controlling blood sugar in both ways:

  • Insulin therapy that helps you control blood sugar between meals and during sleep is called long-acting or basal insulin
  • Insulin therapy that helps you control blood sugar from meals is called bolus insulin , meaning itʼs released in a burst. NovoLog® is a bolus insulin

When you need more control over your blood sugar levels, your doctor may suggest basal-bolus therapy, also called intensive insulin therapy. Basal-bolus therapy is recommended for people with type 1 diabetes. It may also be recommended for people with type 2 diabetes who need better blood sugar control.

People on basal-bolus therapy monitor their blood sugar levels closely and take insulin doses often. The goal of this kind of insulin therapy is to mimic the way blood sugar is controlled naturally.

Your basal-bolus therapy care plan

In addition to changes in diet and exercise, your basal-bolus therapy care plan will include taking a long-acting basal insulin dose along with a dose of NovoLog® at mealtime up to 3 times daily.

This combination imitates the body's natural insulin response and has been shown to help people with diabetes lower their A1C levels.

It will also be important to:

  • Monitor your blood sugar levels often
  • Follow your meal and exercise plans closely
  • Communicate with your diabetes care team regularly

Basal-bolus therapy is recommended for appropriate patients by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE).

For more information on intensive insulin therapy, talk with your diabetes care team. Together, you can decide if it is right for you. For help talking to your doctor, try using our Doctor Discussion Guide.

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 take NovoLog®?

Do not take NovoLog® if:

  • your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Before taking NovoLog®, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions including, if you are:

  • pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • taking new prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including supplements.

Talk to your health care provider about how to manage low blood sugar.

How should I take NovoLog®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • NovoLog® is fast-acting. Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after taking it.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes. You may give or get an infection from another person.

What should I avoid while taking NovoLog®?

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how NovoLog® affects you.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that contain alcohol.

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

Serious side effects can lead to death, including:

Low blood sugar. Some signs and symptoms include:

  • anxiety, irritability, mood changes, dizziness, sweating, confusion, and headache.

Your insulin dose may need to change because of:

  • weight gain or loss, increased stress, illness, or change in diet or level of physical activity.

Other common side effects may include:

  • low potassium in your blood, injection site reactions, itching, rash, serious whole body allergic reactions, skin thickening or pits at the injection site, weight gain, and swelling of your hands and feet.

Get emergency medical help if you have:

  • trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.

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

Who should not take NovoLog®?

Do not take NovoLog® if:

  • your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

How should I take NovoLog®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • NovoLog® is fast-acting. Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after taking it.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes. You may give or get an infection from another person.

Please click here for additional Important Safety Information

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