Novolog (Novorapid) Insulin Dosage Forms and Overdose Symptoms
Novolog (Novorapid) Dosage
Novolog dosing will vary based on each patient’s individual needs. For instance, different dosages may be used for patients with type I diabetes, type II diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, and nonketotic hyperosmolar syndrome. Additionally, dosage strengths will vary depending on the patient’s age, metabolic needs, glycemic goal, and blood glucose monitoring results. As a result, patients should always consult a doctor before beginning treatment with Novolog and should not change their dosage without the express permission of a medical professional.
Novolog overdose could result in hypoglycemia, a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when too much insulin is present in the bloodstream. This increases the body’s absorption of glucose and reduces the hepatic production of glucose, leading to a dangerously low blood sugar level. Without adequate glucose, the body is unable to function properly.
Overdose Signs and Symptoms
The severity of the symptoms of Novolog overdose may vary, depending on how low the patient’s blood sugar levels drop.
Symptoms of mild to moderate hypoglycemia include:
- tingling around the mouth or in the lips,
- blurred vision or double vision,
- nervousness or anxiety,
- mild confusion,
- rapid heartbeat,
- dizziness or lightheadedness,
Although these symptoms do not indicate a dangerously low blood glucose level, they necessitate immediate medical assistance. If any of these symptoms occur, patients should ingest 15g of rapid-digesting carbohydrates, including candy, honey, fruit juice, soda and raisins, or glucose tablets. Symptoms should subside around 15 minutes after eating. Patients should seek urgent medical help if symptoms do not improve.
Severe forms of hypoglycemia (also referred to as insulin shock or diabetic shock) may cause serious symptoms, such as unconsciousness, seizures, trouble concentrating, and even death. If someone loses consciousness due to excessive insulin intake, medical help must be sought right away. Moreover, an emergency personnel or a family member should inject glucagon to counteract the hypoglycemic actions of insulin. After treating hypoglycemic symptoms with glucagon, further hospital treatment is required.
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