What to Know About Lilly’s Insulin Lispro
Lilly's Insulin Lispro is a fast-acting mealtime insulin
Because it’s identical to Humalog® (insulin lispro), Lilly’s Insulin Lispro helps control the blood sugar spikes that happen naturally when you eat. As you eat, your blood sugar naturally goes up, or “spikes.” Lilly’s Insulin Lispro (a fast-acting insulin) works to manage those blood sugar spikes and may help keep your blood sugar levels in balance. Lilly’s Insulin Lispro should be taken within 15 minutes before eating or right after eating a meal. Humalog is different than your long-acting insulin. Long-acting insulin helps control your blood sugar throughout the whole day.
How to use Lilly’s Insulin Lispro KwikPen®
The Insulin Lispro KwikPen is a small, lightweight pen that’s prefilled with mealtime insulin. Since it shouldn’t be refrigerated* after the first use, you can take it just about anywhere. You can carry it in a purse or slip it into a jacket or coat pocket. It’s a good idea to always carry an extra pen.
For complete Instructions for Use of the Insulin Lispro KwikPen, download the following PDF.
*Once you start using Insulin Lispro KwikPen, it should be stored at room temperature, below 86○F (30○C), and must be used within 28 days or be discarded, even if it still contains Insulin Lispro.
Where to inject Lilly’s Insulin Lispro
Lilly’s Insulin Lispro may be injected under your skin in the stomach area or the back of your upper arms, upper legs, or buttocks (see diagram). Never inject Lilly’s Insulin Lispro into a muscle or vein. Ask your doctor for help determining the most appropriate injection sites for you.
Try to use a different injection site each time and do not overuse any site. Reactions at the injection site (local allergic reactions) such as redness, swelling, and itching can happen. If you continually have skin reactions or they are serious, talk to your doctor. Do not inject insulin into red, swollen, or itchy skin.
Severe life-threatening allergic reactions (whole-body reactions) are possible. If you develop a whole-body rash, have trouble breathing, have a fast heartbeat, or are sweating, get medical help right away.
What to expect with Lilly’s Insulin Lispro
Everyone’s experience with mealtime insulin is different, but there are some things you can look out for.
Your Lilly’s Insulin Lispro dose will probably change over time. Your doctor gave you a starting dose, but most people need to increase their dose over time.
Blood sugar variations
When you track your blood sugar every day, you will probably see different numbers all the time. These variations in your blood sugar from day to day are normal.
Changes are normal
Your blood sugar varies based on stress, what you eat, other medications, exercise, and other factors. Don’t be discouraged by changes in your blood sugar. With your doctor’s input, these variations may provide learning opportunities.
Humalog and Insulin Lispro are used to treat people with diabetes for the control of high blood sugar.
Do not take Humalog or Insulin Lispro if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or if you are allergic to Humalog or Insulin Lispro or any of the ingredients in Humalog or Insulin Lispro.
Important Safety Information for Humalog® (insulin lispro) and Insulin Lispro
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Humalog and Insulin Lispro are available by prescription only.
HI IL CON ISI 04MAR2019.
Humalog® and KwikPen® are registered trademarks of Eli Lilly and Company, its subsidiaries, or affiliates, and are available by prescription only.