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What should I know about Novolin R before taking it?

Before using Novolin R (insulin human regular), you should be aware of the following:
  • This medication should be considered just one part of a diabetes treatment regimen. While taking Novolin R, you will need to maintain an adequate diet, exercise regularly, maintain your weight, and maintain the health of your feet and teeth.
  • You must eat within 15 to 30 minutes of taking Novolin R, to avoid having low blood sugar.
  • You will need to monitor your blood sugar regularly while using Novolin R. Be careful not allow your blood sugar get too low or high; be aware of the symptoms of both conditions and be prepared to treat them. (Have access to additional insulin supplies and appropriate food or snacks to help maintain your blood sugar.)
  • Never share injection needles or cartridges, to avoid risk of HIV or hepatitis.
  • Before starting Novolin R, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease or if you take any other diabetes medication.
  • Change the injection site each time you use Novolin R.
  • Always follow your doctor's instructions exactly on how and when to use insulin and how to dispose of injection equipment.

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