What is Insulin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Protophane

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Insulin is a polypeptide hormone that regulates carbohydrate metabolism. It can change the liver's ability to release fat stores. Insulin must be administered to patients in whom there is a lack of the hormone. There are many types of insulin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes type 2 13 3
Diabetes type 1 3 0
General health 2 0
Increase effect of another treatment 2 1
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes 1 0

Show all 7 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Insulin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Anxious mood 1
Depressed mood 1

Why patients stopped taking Insulin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 3
Other 3
Doctor's advice 2
Did not seem to work 1
See all 9 patients who've stopped taking Insulin

Duration

Stopped taking Insulin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 6
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Insulin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Gliclazide (Diamicron) 1
Glyburide (Euglukon) 1
Metformin (Metformin ER) 1

Patients stopped taking Insulin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Exenatide (Bydureon) 1
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Insulin.