Humalog ® (insulin lispro)

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Humalog® Mix25/Mix50 (insulin lispro): Undesirable effects

Summary of the safety profile of Humalog Mix 25/Mix 50 (insulin lispro)

Summary of safety profile

Hypoglycaemia is the most frequent undesirable effect of insulin therapy that a patient with diabetes may suffer. Severe hypoglycaemia may lead to loss of consciousness, and in extreme cases, death. No specific frequency for hypoglycaemia is presented, since hypoglycaemia is a result of both the insulin dose and other factors e.g. a patient`s level of diet and exercise.

Tabulated list of adverse reactions

The following related adverse reactions from clinical trials are listed below as MedDRA preferred term by system organ class and in order of decreasing incidence (very common: ≥ 1/10; common: ≥ 1/100 to < 1/10; uncommon: ≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100; rare: ≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000; very rare: < 1/10,000) ); not known (cannot be estimated form the available data).

Within each frequency grouping, adverse reactions are presented in order of decreasing seriousness.

MedDRA system organ classes

Very common

Common

Uncommon

Rare

Very rare

Not known

Immune system disorders


Local allergy


X





Systemic allergy




X



Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders


Lipodystrophy



X




Cutaneous amyloidosis






X



Description of selected adverse reactions

Local allergy

Local allergy in patients is common. Redness, swelling, and itching can occur at the site of insulin injection. This condition usually resolves in a few days to a few weeks. In some instances, this condition may be related to factors other than insulin, such as irritants in the skin cleansing agent or poor injection technique.

Systemic allergy

Systemic allergy, which is rare but potentially more serious, is a generalised allergy to insulin. It may cause a rash over the whole body, shortness of breath, wheezing, reduction in blood pressure, fast pulse, or sweating. Severe cases of generalised allergy may be life-threatening.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Lipodystrophy and cutaneous amyloidosis may occur at the injection site and delay local insulin absorption. Continuous rotation of the injection site within the given injection area may help to reduce or prevent these reactions.

Oedema

Cases of oedema have been reported with insulin therapy, particularly if previous poor metabolic control is improved by intensified insulin therapy.

Reference

Humalog Mix 25 [Summary of Product Characteristics]. Utrecht, The Netherlands: Eli Lilly Nederland B.V.

Humalog Mix 50 [Summary of Product Characteristics]. Utrecht, The Netherlands: Eli Lilly Nederland B.V.

Date of Last Review: September 22, 2020

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