Adjustable Dosing

NovoLog® stays in step with your activities and mealtimes. Your health care provider will teach you how to adjust your NovoLog® dose to your eating, activity, and blood sugar levels. 

NovoLog® is designed to closely mimic your body's insulin patterns at mealtime. It is changed slightly so that it acts more quickly than regular human insulin. That is why it is called analog insulin. Keep in mind, you will need to eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after taking NovoLog®. For information on food labels and carb counting, click here.

You and your diabetes care team will also have to see how your physical activity affects your insulin dosage and adjust it as needed. For example, when you are very physically active, you have to decide whether to eat more or take less insulin, since both physical activity and insulin decrease the amount of sugar in the blood. Checking your blood sugar often when you are physically active will help you figure out how each type of physical activity you do affects your blood sugar. 


NovoLog® Dosing Tool

Your diabetes care team can help you learn how to fine-tune your NovoLog® doses throughout the day. While you are figuring out how to adjust your insulin dose, you will want to stay in close touch with your diabetes care team. 

If you are using NovoLog® FlexPen®, you can select doses from 1 to 60 units in 1-unit steps. NovoPen Echo® provides precise half-unit dosing from 0.5 units up to 30 units. It also records the insulin dose and time passed since the last injection. 

If you have type 2 diabetes, ask your diabetes care team if the NovoLog® Dosing Tool might be right for you. This tool was created to help with adding and adjusting your mealtime insulin dose. 


If you’ve been taking NovoLog® for a while and your A1C is not at goal, in addition to staying active and watching what you eat, talk to your health care provider about:

  • Adjusting your NovoLog® dose before meals to help cover blood sugar spikes 
  • Taking additional doses of NovoLog®, especially if you are not taking it with every meal 
  • Shifting your insulin intake to include more bolus and less basal insulin. If you are on basal-bolus therapy, NovoLog® can provide up to 70% of your daily insulin, with your basal insulin taking care of the rest


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