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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Humulin 50/50, Humulin 70/30, Humulin 70/30 Pen, Novolin 70/30, Novolin 70/30 Innolet, Novolin 70/30 PenFill, Relion Novolin 70/30 Innolet, ReliOn/Novolin 70/30

Generic Name: insulin isophane and insulin regular (Pronunciation: IN su lin EYE soe fane and IN su lin REG ue lar)

What is insulin isophane and insulin regular (Humulin 50/50, Humulin 70/30, Humulin 70/30 Pen, Novolin 70/30, Novolin 70/30 Innolet, Novolin 70/30 PenFill, Relion Novolin 70/30 Innolet, ReliOn/Novolin 70/30)?

Insulin isophane and insulin regular is a man-made form of a hormone that is produced in the body. It works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Insulin isophane and insulin regular is a long-acting form of insulin that is slightly different from other forms of insulin that are not man-made.

Insulin isophane and insulin regular is used to treat diabetes.

Insulin isophane and insulin regular may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of insulin isophane and insulin regular?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of insulin allergy: itching skin rash over the entire body, wheezing, trouble breathing, fast heart rate, sweating, or feeling like you might pass out.

Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is the most common side effect of insulin isophane and insulin regular. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, nausea, hunger, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, trouble concentrating, confusion, or seizure (convulsions). Watch for signs of low blood sugar. Carry a piece of non-dietetic hard candy or glucose tablets with you in case you have low blood sugar.

Tell your doctor if you have itching, swelling, redness, or thickening of the skin where you inject insulin isophane and insulin regular.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about insulin isophane and insulin regular?

Take care to keep your blood sugar from getting too low, causing hypoglycemia. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, nausea, hunger, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, or trouble concentrating. Carry a piece of non-dietetic hard candy or glucose tablets with you in case you have low blood sugar. Also be sure your family and close friends know how to help you in an emergency.

Also watch for signs of blood sugar that is too high (hyperglycemia). These symptoms include increased thirst, loss of appetite, increased urination, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dry skin, and dry mouth. Check your blood sugar levels and ask your doctor how to adjust your insulin doses if needed.

Never share an injection pen or cartridge with another person. Sharing injection pens or cartridges can allow disease such as hepatitis or HIV to pass from one person to another.

Insulin isophane and insulin regular is only part of a complete program of treatment that may also include diet, exercise, weight control, foot care, eye care, dental care, and testing your blood sugar. Follow your diet, medication, and exercise routines very closely. Changing any of these factors can affect your blood sugar levels.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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