What is Apidra
Apidra is a rapid-acting man made insulin that is
like insulin made by your body. Apidra
is used to treat adults with diabetes for the control of high blood sugar.
Apidra starts working faster than regular insulin and does not work
as long. It is used with a
longer-acting insulin or by itself as insulin pump therapy to maintain
proper blood sugar control.
Who should not
Do not take Apidra if you are allergic to insulin
glulisine or any of the inactive ingredients in Apidra.
Warnings with Apidra:
You should take Apidra
within 15 minutes before a meal or within 20 minutes after starting the
Follow the instructions
given by your healthcare provider about the type or types of insulin you
are using. Do not make any changes with your insulin unless you have
talked to your healthcare provider.
Your insulin needs may
change because of illness, stress, other medicines, or changes in diet or
activity level. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to adjust your
Follow your healthcare
provider?s instructions for testing your blood sugar.
Precautions with Apidra:
Only use Apidra that is
clear and colorless. If your Apidra is cloudy or colored, return it to
your pharmacy for a replacement.
injection sites within the same body area.
Always use a syringe
that is marked for U-100 insulin. If you use the wrong syringe, you may
get the wrong dose. You could get a blood sugar level that is too low or
If you are mixing Apidra
with NPH human insulin, draw Apidra into the syringe first. Inject the
mixture right away. Do not mix
Apidra with any other type of insulin than NPH.
Do not mix Apidra with
any other insulin when used in a pump.
What should I
tell my health care provider?
Tell your health care provider:
- If you get any allergic reaction or injection site reaction
all your medical problems
you have liver or kidney problems
you are pregnant or breast feeding
Tell your health care provider about all the
medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines,
vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some
medicines may affect how Apidra works or Apidra may affect how your other
What are some
possible side effects of Apidra? (This list is
NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Apidra.
Your health care provider can discuss with you a more complete list
of side effects.)
The most common side effects of Apidra include:
hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
(loss of body fat at injection sites)
patients? experience after Apidra became available:
For more detailed information about Apidra, ask your health care provider