Using a Vial and Syringe

Read these Instructions For Use before you start taking NovoLog® and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This does not take the place of talking to your diabetes care team about your diabetes or your treatment. 


Supplies you will need to give your NovoLog® injection:

  • 10-mL NovoLog® vial
  • Insulin syringe and needle
  • Alcohol swab


Preparing your NovoLog® dose:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water
  • Before you start to prepare your injection, check the NovoLog® label to make sure that you are taking the right type of insulin. This is especially important if you use more than 1 type of insulin
  • NovoLog® should look clear and colorless. Do not use NovoLog® if it is thick, cloudy, or colored
  • Do not use NovoLog® past the expiration date printed on the label


Step 1: Pull off the tamper-resistant cap. 

Step 2: Wipe the rubber stopper with an alcohol swab. 

Step 3: Hold the syringe with the needle pointing up. Pull down on the plunger until the black tip reaches the line for the number of units for your prescribed dose.

Step 4: Push the needle through the rubber stopper of the NovoLog® vial. 

Step 5: Push the plunger all the way in. This puts air into the NovoLog® vial.

Step 6: Turn the NovoLog® vial and syringe upside down and slowly pull the plunger down until the black tip is a few units past the line for your dose.

  • If there are air bubbles, tap the syringe gently a few times to let any air bubbles rise to the top

Step 7: Slowly push the plunger up until the black tip reaches the line for your NovoLog® dose.

Step 8: Check the syringe to make sure you have the right dose of NovoLog®.

Step 9: Pull the syringe out of the vial’s rubber stopper.

Step 10: Choose your injection site and wipe the skin with an alcohol swab. Let the injection site dry before you inject your dose.

Step 11: Insert the needle into your skin. Push down on the plunger to inject your dose of insulin. 

Step 12: Pull the needle out of your skin. After that, you may see a drop of NovoLog® at the needle tip. This is normal and does not affect the dose you just received.

  • If you see blood after you take the needle out of your skin, press the injection site lightly with a piece of gauze or an alcohol swab. Do not rub the area. 


Giving your insulin injection:

  • Inject your NovoLog® exactly as your health care provider has shown you. Your health care provider should tell you if you need to pinch the skin before injecting
  • NovoLog® can be injected under the skin (subcutaneously) of your stomach area, buttocks, upper legs or upper arms, infused in an insulin pump, or given through a needle in your arm (intravenously) by your health care provider
  • If you inject NovoLog®, change (rotate) your injection sites within the area you choose for each dose. Do not use the same injection site for each injection

After your insulin injection:

  • Do not recap the needle. Recapping the needle can lead to a needle-stick injury
  • Throw away empty insulin vials, used syringes, and needles in a sharps container or some type of hard plastic or metal container with a screw on cap, such as a detergent bottle or empty coffee can. Check with your health care provider about the right way to throw away the container. There may be local or state laws about how to throw away used syringes and needles. Do not throw away used syringes and needles in household trash or recycling bins

How should I store NovoLog®?

  • Do not freeze NovoLog®. Do not use NovoLog® if it has been frozen
  • Keep NovoLog® away from heat or light
  • Store opened and unopened NovoLog® vials in the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Opened NovoLog® vials can also be stored out of the refrigerator below 86°F (30°C)
  • Unopened vials may be used until the expiration date printed on the label, if they are kept in the refrigerator
  • Opened NovoLog® vials should be thrown away after 28 days, even if they still have insulin left in them

General information about the safe and effective use of NovoLog®

  • Always use a new syringe and needle for each injection
  • Do not share syringes or needles
  • Keep NovoLog® vials, syringes, and needles out of the reach of children

For full Instructions For Use, click here. 

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