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insulin regular, concentrated (U-500) (cont.)

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What happens if I miss a dose (Humulin R (Concentrated))?

Follow your doctor's directions if you miss a dose of insulin. To prevent missed doses, be sure to keep insulin on hand at all times, especially when you are traveling away from home.

What happens if I overdose (Humulin R (Concentrated))?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An insulin overdose can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia.

Symptoms of severe hypoglycemia include extreme weakness, blurred vision, sweating, trouble speaking, tremors, stomach pain, confusion, seizure (convulsions), or coma.

What should I avoid while using concentrated insulin (Humulin R (Concentrated))?

Avoid drinking alcohol while using concentrated insulin. Alcohol can lower your blood sugar.

What other drugs will affect concentrated insulin (Humulin R (Concentrated))?

Do not use any other insulins or diabetes medications you take by mouth, unless your doctor tells you to.

Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) may be more likely to occur if you also use certain other medications such as:

  • diuretics (water pills);
  • steroids (prednisone and others);
  • phenothiazines (Compazine and others);
  • thyroid medicine (Synthroid and others);
  • birth control pills and other hormones;
  • seizure medicines (Dilantin and others);
  • diet pills, or medicines to treat asthma, colds or allergies.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) may be more likely to occur if you also use certain other medications such as:

  • some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs);
  • aspirin or other salicylates (including Pepto-Bismol);
  • sulfa drugs (Bactrim and others);
  • a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI); or
  • beta-blockers (Tenormin and others).

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with concentrated insulin. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about concentrated insulin (U-500).


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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