Novolog (insulin aspart) is a medication used to treat type 1 diabetes in patients (adults and children) who are insulin dependent. This medication is a fast-acting form of insulin aspart which works by lowering levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood.
Store all unopened vials, cartridges, or injection pens in the refrigerator within a carton up to 28 days. If not used within 28 days, discard the medication. Keep away from light, heat, children and pets. Dispose the medication if it is past the expiration date. Do not open the packet until you are ready to use the medication. Vials that are “in-use” must be used within 28 days and can be stored at room temperature, do not refrigerate.
Before taking Novolog (insulin aspart), inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or breastfeeding; if you are taking prescription or over the counter medication, herbal preparation, or dietary supplements; if you have liver or kidney disease. This medication is part of a complete treatment program including diet, exercise, weight control, eye care, dental care, foot care, and testing your blood sugar. Follow routines closely.
When taking Novolog (insulin aspart), check your blood sugar regularly, especially when travel, skip meals, or exercise more than usual. Also watch for high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia), symptoms include increased urination, vomiting, fruity breath odor, loss of appetite, nausea, increased thirst, dry mouth, dry skin, and drowsiness. It is important not to miss any doctor appointments because your progress will need to be checked by your doctor regularly.
Read the directions on the prescription label. Do not take larger doses than prescribed by your doctor. Take this medication as directed on the label or by your pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare provider. Do not self-inject if you do not fully understand or have been given specific instructions by a doctor or a nurse. Novolog (insulin aspart) must be injected under the skin. Take the medication right before a meal. This medication should be thin, clear, and colorless, if you notice it has changed colors, became cloudy, or has particles in it, discard the medication and get a new prescription from your doctor. Every time you inject the medication, use a different location on your skin, do not inject into the same area twice. Do not mix or dilute this medication with any other insulin medications. Each needle should only be used only once and properly discarded in a puncture proof container once it has been used. Depending on the brand and type of needle, some insulin needles can b
Do not use Novolog (insulin aspart) if it has changed colors, became cloudy, or has particles in it, discard the medication and get a new prescription from your doctor. Also do not use this medication if you are allergic to insulin or if you are experiencing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Severe: Swelling in your feet and hands; low potassium symptoms such as uneven heart rate, increased urination, muscle weakness, confusion, extreme thirst, leg discomfort or limp feeling.
Common: Hypoglycemia symptoms including nausea, confusion, headache, hunger, dizziness, fast heartbeat, weakness, blurred vision, tremor, sweating, trouble concentrating, seizure (convulsions), nausea, or drowsiness.