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How can I minimize the side effects of Apidra?

You can minimize the potential side effects of the diabetes drug Apidra (insulin glulisine) by following your doctor’s instructions exactly. Do not change or alter your dose without talking to him or her first.

Other strategies that can help minimize side effects include maintaining a healthy diet and regular eating schedule, rotating your injection site with each dose and checking your blood-sugar levels regularly (ask your doctor how often you should test and what your levels should be). Don't take Apidra if your blood sugar levels are low.

If you use Apidra with an insulin pump, do not dilute Apidra or mix it with another form of insulin. Apidra should be used only with certain pumps; check your pump label to see if your pump has been evaluated with Apidra. 

Also, to lower the risk of interactions, be sure your doctor has a complete list of all your medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and supplements.

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