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Humalog (Insulin Lispro) - Peak Times, Onset and Duration of Action

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What is Humalog (insulin lispro)?

Humalog is the brand name of insulin lispro, and is used to control high blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This medication is a fast acting insulin, which begins to work quickly after injection. Insulin is a natural hormone that is produced by beta cells in the pancreas. This naturally occurring hormone works by helping glucose get into the cells for energy. Without insulin, glucose cannot enter the cells, hence they remain in the bloodstream. Too much glucose in the blood can lead to serious health complications such as blood vessel damage which could lead to life threatening conditions such as stroke. People with diabetes do not produce enough insulin or use it properly. As a result, they experience high blood sugar levels.

Humalog peak times, onset and duration of action

The drug onset refers to the duration it takes before this medication starts to work in the body. On the other hand, humalog peak refers to the period it takes before the maximum effects are felt. The medication onset is about 15 minutes after injection, while its peak is about 1 hour. Insulin lispro keeps working in your body for about 2 to 4 hours. Humalog is used to treat type 2 diabetes in adults as well as adults and children above 3 years with type 1 diabetes.


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