What should I know before my child uses Apidra?

Before your child takes the diabetes drug Apidra (insulin glulisine), there are several things you should know, including the following:
  • This drug should not be used if your child has symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), including shakiness, dizziness, confusion and feeling anxious. Ask your doctor to discuss hypoglycemia's symptoms with you.
  • Apidra can interact with many other medications, including common ones like cold medicines. Be sure your doctor has a complete list of all medications and supplements your child takes.
  • If your child takes Apidra via insulin pump, never dilute or mix it with any other type of insulin. If your child takes Apidra via injection, mix it only with NPH insulin and dilute it only with saline—and take these steps only when directed to do so by your child's doctor.
You should also be aware of the drug’s potential side effects, including changes in vision, which requires medical attention. You should also be aware of signs of a systemic allergic reaction, which requires immediate medical help. Ask your doctor to explain anything else you need to know before your child takes Apidra.

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