Insulin is the best way to control diabetes. To control diabetes you have to take care of other things too but insulin is by far the best method to keep the blood glucose level maintained in Type I and the developed Type II diabetes. Insulin is basically a natural substance that is present inside the human body and it is produced in the human body but in diabetes the insulin secretion either slows down or diminish completely so to suffice the natural insulin that the body cannot produce in that must amount as needed or at all biosynthetic insulin is injected inside the body of the patients with the diabetes.
All these insulin differ a lot in their duration or onset and other some functions too so depending upon your normal blood glucose levels in diabetes the doctor will prescribe the one accordingly and will adjust the dosage accordingly too. Humalog and Novolog are the two brand names of two insulin aspart and insulin lispro, they both are rapid acting and resembles each other a lot but still, they differ in some things like the side effects and the interactions. Discussed further are the side effects and the interactions of Humalog vs Novolog
Side effects of Humalog and Novolog
Just like any other medication, the insulin has some side effects too and the side effect that is seen a lot with the use of insulin is the hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a state where the blood glucose levels fall very low. If the blood glucose levels fall below the 70 mg/dl then the patient can be in the very dangerous state and this may also lead to death or emergency situation. With the rapid-acting insulin like Humalog and Novolog it is possible to happen because the meal is to be taken right after injecting this insulin and t if you delay it more than that it may lead to hypoglycemia since Humalog allows you to take meal after 15 minutes but with Novolog the onset is early so the meal should be taken right after it so that makes hypoglycemia more susceptible with Novolog instead of Humalog. Following are some other side effects of Humalog and the Novolog
- Weight gain
- A headache
- Some reaction or infection at the injection site.
Interactions with Humalog and Novolog
There is no difference when it comes to the interactions in the Humalog and the Novolog because most of the insulin face same interactions with a similar drug. In this case, following are the agents that might interact with the Humalog and the Novolog insulin
- Antihypertensive agents like beta blockers
Some other drugs may also be responsible for some interaction like canceling the effects of insulin or increasing it thus leading to the hypoglycemia. So when your doctor is prescribing you with insulin you must be honest about all the medications or such substances you are taking so the interaction can be avoided.