What You Need To Know About Insulin Aspart Dosage
What is insulin aspart?
It is an injectable insulin medication that is used to treat people who have diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of medical conditions that includes type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes. Insulin aspart, also known as its brand name Novolog, works the same as the insulin hormone. However, aspart insulin , works faster and lasts for a shorter period of time compared to regular insulin. As a fast-acting insulin, Novolog has an onset of about 15 minutes and a peak time of 1 hour. This injectable insulin drug has a period that lasts up to 4 hours after injection. Novolog is available in prefilled pens and injectable suspension. When you inject this medication, it works by reducing high amount of blood glucose. Insulin aspart is sometimes taken together with intermediate-acting or long-acting insulin.
Insulin aspart dosage
The starting dose will vary from one person to another. Your doctor will determine your dosage based on your weight, type of diabetes, and if you used insulin before. For those with type 1 diabetes, the total daily insulin requirements are between 0.5 to 1 unit/kg/day. For those with type 2 diabetes, 0.1 to 0.2 units/kg/day is recommended. Do not increase or decrease your dosage without your doctor’s knowledge. You should only change your dosage or injection timing with the guidance of your doctor. Insulin aspart can be administered subcutaneously—under the skin using a syringe or intravenously with an IV. You will be shown the right area on your body to inject this insulin drug. To lower the chance of having lipodystrophy, change the injection spot every time you take a new shot.
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