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Novolog Insulin Peak Times, Onset and Duration of Action

novolog peak onset duration

What is Novolog?

Novolog is a fast acting insulin that is used to treat patients with diabetes mellitus. It can be prescribed to adults with type 2 diabetes, and adults and children above the age of 2 with type 1 diabetes. Novolog is also known as insulin aspart. Insulin aspart is a man made insulin that mimics the way the natural hormone works, which is to help glucose enter the body’s cells to be used for fuel. When you inject this insulin, it starts to work quickly to reduce your blood sugar levels. After using insulin aspart, it is advised that you eat within 5 to 10 minutes tp prevent low blood sugar. This medication is usually prescribed together with intermediate or long acting insulin.

Novolog insulin peak times, onset and duration of action

Insulin types such as novolog are usually classified according to the time period they take to control blood sugar levels. To understand how this medication works in the body, it is important you know the meaning of onset, peak, and duration of the medication. The onset refers to how fast it takes before the insulin begins to reduce blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. On the other hand, peak refers to the time when insulin is working the best in the body to reduce blood sugar levels. The duration refers to how long the insulin keeps working in your body. The drug peak time is generally between one to four hours, while novolog onset is between 10 to 20 minutes.


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