Novolog (Insulin Aspart) Dosage and Overdose
Novolog (Insulin Aspart) Dosage
The starting dose of Novolog 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.
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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