Humalog ® (insulin lispro)

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Humalog 200 Units/ml (insulin lispro): Special warnings and precautions for use

Humalog should be used with caution in some patients

Traceability

In order to improve the traceability of biological medicinal products, the name and the batch number of the administered product should be clearly recorded.

Transferring a patient to another type or brand of insulin

Transferring a patient to another type or brand of insulin should be done under strict medical supervision. Changes in strength, brand (manufacturer), type (regular/soluble, NPH/isophane, etc.), species (animal, human, human insulin analogue), and/or method of manufacture (recombinant DNA versus animal-source insulin) may result in the need for a change in dosage. For fast-acting insulins, any patient also on basal insulin must optimise dosage of both insulins to obtain glucose control across the whole day, particularly nocturnal/fasting glucose control.

Hypoglycaemia and hyperglycaemia

Conditions which may make the early warning symptoms of hypoglycaemia different or less pronounced include long duration of diabetes, intensified insulin therapy, diabetic nerve disease or medicinal products such as beta-blockers.

A few patients who have experienced hypoglycaemic reactions after transfer from animal-source insulin to human insulin have reported that the early warning symptoms of hypoglycaemia were less pronounced or different from those experienced with their previous insulin. Uncorrected hypoglycaemic or hyperglycaemic reactions can cause loss of consciousness, coma, or death.

The use of dosages which are inadequate or discontinuation of treatment, especially in insulin-dependent diabetics, may lead to hyperglycaemia and diabetic ketoacidosis; conditions which are potentially lethal.

Insulin requirements and dosage adjustment

Insulin requirements may be increased during illness or emotional disturbances.

Adjustment of dosage may also be necessary if patients undertake increased physical activity or change their usual diet. Exercise taken immediately after a meal may increase the risk of hypoglycaemia. A consequence of the pharmacodynamics of rapid-acting insulin analogues is that if hypoglycaemia occurs, it may occur earlier after an injection when compared with soluble human insulin.

Combination of Humalog with pioglitazone

Cases of cardiac failure have been reported when pioglitazone was used in combination with insulin, especially in patients with risk factors for development of cardiac heart failure. This should be kept in mind, if treatment with the combination of pioglitazone and Humalog is considered. If the combination is used, patients should be observed for signs and symptoms of heart failure, weight gain and oedema. Pioglitazone should be discontinued, if any deterioration in cardiac symptoms occurs.

Avoidance of medication errors when using insulin lispro (200 units/ml) in pre-filled pen:

The insulin lispro solution for injection containing 200 units/ml must not be transferred from the pre-filled pen, the KwikPen, to a syringe. The markings on the insulin syringe will not measure the dose correctly. Overdose can result causing severe hypoglycemia. The insulin lispro solution for injection containing 200 units/ml must not be transferred from the KwikPen to any other insulin delivery device, including insulin infusion pumps.

Patients must be instructed to always check the insulin label before each injection to avoid accidental mix-ups between the two different strengths of Humalog as well as other insulin products.

Patients must visually verify the dialled units on the dose counter of the pen. Therefore, the requirement for patients to self-inject is that they can read the dose counter on the pen. Patients who are blind or have poor vision must be instructed to always get help/assistance from another person who has good vision and is trained in using the insulin device.

Excipients

This medicinal product contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per dose, i.e., essentially “sodium‑free”.

Reference

Humalog 200 Units/ml [Summary of Product Characteristics]. Utrecht, The Netherlands: Eli Lilly Nederland B.V.

Date of Last Review: January 31, 2020

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