Indications and Usage
NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection) is an insulin analog indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.
Important Safety Information
NovoLog® is contraindicated during episodes of hypoglycemia and in patients hypersensitive to NovoLog® or one of its excipients.
NovoLog® should generally be given immediately (within 5-10 minutes) prior to the start of a meal. As with all insulin preparations, the time course of action of NovoLog® may vary in different individuals or at different times in the same individual and is dependent on many conditions, including injection site, local blood supply, temperature, and level of physical activity. NovoLog® should be used with a longer-acting insulin. When used in an external subcutaneous insulin infusion pump, NovoLog® should not be mixed with any other insulin or diluent.
Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse effect of insulin therapy. The timing of hypoglycemia may reflect the time-action profile of the insulin formulation. Glucose monitoring is recommended for all patients with diabetes and is particularly important for patients using external pump infusion therapy. Any change of insulin dose should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.
Insulin, particularly when given intravenously or in settings of poor glycemic control, can cause hypokalemia. Use caution in patients predisposed to hypokalemia.
Like all insulins, NovoLog® requirements may be reduced in patients with renal impairment or hepatic impairment.
Severe, life-threatening, generalized allergy, including anaphylaxis, may occur with insulin products, including NovoLog®.
Fluid retention and heart failure can occur with concomitant use of thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which are PPAR-gamma agonists, and insulin, including NovoLog®.
Adverse reactions observed with NovoLog® include hypoglycemia, allergic reactions, local injection site reactions, lipodystrophy, rash, and pruritus.
Needles and NovoLog® FlexPen® must not be shared.
NovoLog® has not been studied in children with type 2 diabetes or in children with type 1 diabetes who are younger than 2 years of age.
The background risk of birth defects, pregnancy loss, or other adverse events that exists for all pregnancies is increased in pregnancies complicated by hyperglycemia.
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