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What kind of inhaled insulin is used to treat diabetes?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Rapid-acting insulin, for use at mealtimes, is also available as an inhalant (Afrezza). Afrezza starts working in 12 to 15 minutes, peaks by 30 minutes, and stops working in about 3 hours. People with lung cancer or chronic lung disease, such as COPD or asthma, should not use inhaled insulin. Inhaled insulin is also not recommended for people who smoke or who have stopped smoking recently.

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