QUICK ACTING INSULIN
Once injected it is absorbed into the bloodstream and starts to work within 30 minutes, peaking between 2-4 hours after and lasts for up to 8 hours. Usually injected 20-30 minutes before main meals.
Quick-Acting Analogue Insulin
Used instead of soluble insulin, QA Analogue insulin should be injected immediately before or immediately after main meals. It works within 15 minutes of injecting, peaks between 50-90 minutes and can continue to have an effect on blood sugar for 2-5 hours, depending on the insulin dose. The higher the dose the longer the duration of action.
Isophane Insulins are cloudy in appearance, requiring mixing prior to injection. More often these insulins are taken twice daily in the morning and again at bed time. However may also be once daily. They begin to work 2 hours after injection, peaking at 4-6 hours and last for 8-14 hours.
Long Acting Analogue
Long acting analogues are clear in colour, can be used instead of Isophane and last longer, beginning to work 2 hours after injection and last for 18-24 hours.
A mixture of quick acting and longer acting insulin, pre mixed in various strengths.
Mixed human insulin
Analogue mixes have a quicker action; they are usually administered twice daily and can be given immediately before or immediately after breakfast and evening meal.
Insulin Resource Table
For more information on insulin and insulin pens look up meds kit document
|Date last reviewed: 15/12/2016 ( to be reviewed by 07/08/2016 )|
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