What is Insulin Regular?

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Regular Insulin is used to treat type 1 diabetes; type 2 diabetes unresponsive to diet and/or oral hypoglycemics; as an adjunct to parenteral nutrition; and for diabetic ketoacidosis. It is also used for hyperkalemia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes type 1 47 8
Diabetes type 2 45 17
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 1 0
Gestational diabetes mellitus 1 0
Increase effect of another treatment 1 0

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 2
Mild 1
None 24

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Insulin Regular

Side effect Patients
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 2
Fluid retention (edema) 1
IgG deficiency 1
Weight gain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Insulin Regular

Dosage Patients
100unt/ml as needed 2
humanrecombinant500units/mL as needed 2
15 mg daily 1
25 intl units daily 1
30 other daily 1
500 units four times daily 1
75,000 units three times daily 1
humanrecombinant100units/mL as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Insulin Regular

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 14
Other 7
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 5
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 28 patients who've stopped taking Insulin Regular

Duration

Currently taking Insulin Regular

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Insulin Regular

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 18
Usually 5
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 12
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 2
$50-99 3
$25-49 3
< $25 10
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Insulin Regular after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Insulin Aspart (Novolog) 2
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 2
Metformin (Metformin ER) 2
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 1
Insulin Glulisine (Apidra) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Insulin Regular and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Insulin Aspart (Novolog) 2
Metformin (Metformin ER) 2
insulin detemir (Levemir FlexPen) 1
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 1
Insulin Lispro (Humalog) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

3 patient evaluations for Insulin Regular

Oct 2, 2012 (Started Sep 19, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diabetes type 1)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 units Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: There are a lot of new insulins available - I suggest keeping on top of new developments, research and products to take advantage of every advancement.

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 1, 2010 (Started Jun 21, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diabetes Mellitus)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hard to control blood sugars)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 10 intl units Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: hard to control blood sugars

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 15, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    Mild (low blood sugar (hypoglycemia))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 units Monthly
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)

  • 0 helpful marks
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