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|Insulin glulisine (Apidra®)||10-15 minutes||1-2 hours||3-5 hours|
|Insulin aspart (Novolog®)||10-15 minutes||1-2 hours||3-5 hours|
|Insulin lispro (Humalog®)||10-15 minutes||1-2 hours||3-5 hours|
|Regular insulin||30-60 minutes||2-4 hours||4-8 hours|
|NPH insulin||1-3 hours||4-10 hours||10-18 hours|
|Insulin detemir (Levemir®)||1 hours||No peak||Up to 24 hours|
|Insulin glargine (Lantus®)||2-3 hours||No peak||24+ hours|
|Pre-mixed insulin 70/30 (70% N and 30% R) 50/50 (50% N and 50% R)||0.5-1 hour 0.5-1 hour||2-10 hours 2-10 hours||10-18 hours 10-18 hours|
|Pre-mixed insulin Humalog® mix 75/25 (75% NPL and 25% insulin lispro) Humalog® mix 50/50 (50% insulin lispro protamine and 50% insulin lispro) NovoLog® mix 70/30 (70% insulin aspart protamine and 30% insulin aspart)||10-15 minutes 10-15 minutes 10-15 minutes||1-3 hours 1-3 hours 1-3 hours||10-16 hours 10-16 hours 10-16 hours|
Insulins made by different manufacturers should not be mixed, e.g., Humulin-R® (Eli Lilly) should not be mixed with Novolin-N® (Novo-Nordisk). Manufacturers use different processes to produce their insulins and different preservatives. Their interactions have not been studied.
Insulin helps control blood sugar levels in people whose bodies do not produce enough insulin.
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