What is Insulin NPH?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Novolin N Humulin N Humulin I Show all

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See also: Humulin Mix 70/30 Insulin NPH-insulin regular Mixtard 30 Penfill Novolin 70/30 PenFill Novolin Mix 70/30 Novopen Mixtard 50 HM

NPH insulin is an intermediate acting insulin used for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus to improve glycemic control. It is also used for gestational diabetes mellitus.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes type 1 606 11
Diabetes type 2 45 10
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 4 0
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes 3 0
Diabetes insipidus 1 1

Show all 8 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 3
Mild 3
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Insulin NPH

Side effect Patients Percentage
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 3
Reactive hypoglycemia 1
Weight gain 1

Why patients stopped taking Insulin NPH

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 17
Other 12
Course of treatment ended 8
Did not seem to work 5
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
See all 32 patients who've stopped taking Insulin NPH

Duration

Stopped taking Insulin NPH

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 19
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 6
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 9
Not specified 10

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Insulin NPH after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 4
Gliclazide (Diamicron) 2
Insulin Lispro (Humalog) 2
Insulin Aspart (Novolog) 1
Insulin Aspart Protamine 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Insulin NPH and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Insulin Aspart (Novolog) 6
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 5
insulin detemir (Levemir) 2
Alogliptin (Nesina) 1
Amlodipine-olmesartan (Azor) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching to

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2 patient evaluations for Insulin NPH

Nov 21, 2010 (Started Nov 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 1)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1500 units Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Apr 20, 1999 (Started Jul 02, 1992)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diabetes type 1)
  • Side effects
    Mild (low blood sugar (hypoglycemia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: There are better long acting insulins currently on the market. NPH has peaks that are unpredictable.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

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