What is Insulin Lispro?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Insulin lispro is equipotent to insulin regular, but has a more rapid onset. It is used in the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus (insulin dependent, IDDM); type 2 diabetes mellitus (noninsulin dependent, NIDDM) to control hyperglycemia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes type 1 130 43
Diabetes type 2 116 37
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes 6 0
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 3 1
General health 2 1
Increase effect of another treatment 2 0

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  • 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 3
Moderate 9
Mild 19
None 56

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Insulin Lispro

Side effect Patients Percentage
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 14
Reactive hypoglycemia 2
Weight gain 2
Weight loss 2
Constipation 1
Diarrhea 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Insulin Lispro

Dosage Patients Percentage
100unt/ml as needed 5
100 units daily 3
100 units three times daily 3
100 units twice daily 2
1 other daily 1
6 mL three times daily 1
7 mcg three times daily 1
25 other daily 1
51 intl units daily 1
60 intl units daily 1

See all 18 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Insulin Lispro

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 17
Other 8
Change in health plan coverage 5
Did not seem to work 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Side effects too severe 3
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 32 patients who've stopped taking Insulin Lispro

Duration

Currently taking Insulin Lispro

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Insulin Lispro

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 64
Usually 19
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 20
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 37
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 6
$100-199 5
$50-99 7
$25-49 8
< $25 27
Not specified 34

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Insulin Lispro after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Insulin Aspart (Novolog) 7
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 5
Metformin (Metformin ER) 5
Exenatide (Byetta) 3
Insulin Glulisine (Apidra) 2

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Insulin Lispro and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Insulin Aspart (Novolog) 4
Insulin degludec (Tresiba) 3
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 1
Insulin NPH (Novolin N) 1
Last updated:

5 patient evaluations for Insulin Lispro

Jan 1, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 intl units Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication works very well as a treatment for diabetes. It has a rapid onset of action. Take caution to avoid hypoglycemia.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 28, 2013 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 35 units Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 20, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 1)
  • Side effects
    Mild (low blood sugar (hypoglycemia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I currently administer Humalog by way of an insulin pump. I use the Medtronic Minimed Paradigm pump (minimed.com).
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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