Humalog is a medication used to treat both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. It works in several ways to lower your blood sugar, including by helping certain tissues in the body to store glucose in their cells, preventing the liver from producing more glucose, blocking breakdown of fats and proteins and helping to control the overall production and breakdown of sugar in the body.
You shouldn’t take Humalog if: you’re allergic to Humalog or any of its inactive ingredients and/or your blood sugar is currently very low. Also, it’s never a good idea to share your insulin with another person.
Ask your doctor about Humalog if you suffer from low blood sugar, have low levels of potassium in your blood, have kidney or liver problems, have heart failure, if you are taking thiazolidinediones (TZDs). Some insulin products can be mixed together, but Humalog isn’t one of them.
Never mix Humalog with any other insulins, even if you’re using a form of Humalog that comes automatically mixed.
You should tell your doctor if any of the following side effects are severe or don’t go away: nose or throat infection, or increased risk of flu-like symptoms, headache, pain or irritation, especially at the site of injection, collection of fatty tissue at the site of injection, itching, rash, or joint pain, weight gain, swelling of the feet, ankles, and lower legs.
You should stop using this medicine and call your doctor if you experience any of the following serious side effects: low blood sugar, low potassium levels in the blood, serious and/or life-threatening allergic reactions.
You should tell your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, nutritional, or dietary drugs you’re taking.
Humalog interacts with many drugs, including: Beta blockers; Liraglutide and repaglinide-containing drugs; Estrogen-containing drugs and hormone replacements; Sulfonylureas and drugs that contain glipizide; Other diabetes drugs; Psych drugs.
You should avoid or limit drinking while taking Humalog.