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Humilag and Humulin N: are they similar?

My fiance has Type 1 Diabetes and has just run out of Humalog. My father is also Diabetic and had a brand new bottle of Humulin N and offered to give it to my fiance (since my father has health care and my fiance does not). My question is can he use Humulin N eventhough he usually uses Humalog? Why or why not? And if you can provide any websites, that would be great.


Also, his usual dose of Humalog is 6 to 7 units. How much more or less of Humulin would he have to take?

4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    OK, Your type 1 diabetic fiance should know this unless he is just recently diagnosed. Humalog is a rapid acting insulin and Humulin N is NPH is a long/intermediate acting insulin. NPH lasts 18+ hours and has a peak, Humalog starts to work in 15 min. and lasts only 4-6 hours. To get advice on weather or not he should sub the one for the other I say NO! Ask a Dr. about samples and you can call Eli Lilly to get on a patient assist program.

    Source(s): type 1 diabetic, insulin pumper
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    My answer to you is NO. I am a diabetic who is on Humalog and Humalin N. I take 4 injections a day, Humalog after every meal to bring my sugars down and Humalin at nigh to keep my level lower while I sleep.

    They are two different insulins and if your fiance needs Humalog, then they need to have Humalog.

    Hope this helps

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  • 4 years ago

    Diabetics can eat anything a non-diabetic can eat. You just have to make an adjustment for carbs/sugars. Learn here

    It is better for diabetics to eat slow burning carbs: potatoes, peanut butter, vegetables, breads, dairy products, etc. VS. fast burning carbs: candy, sugared soda, cakes, ice cream, anything high in sugar. Just know what your carb/insulin ratios (how much insulin you have to give yourself for the amount of carbs you are intaking) are. Adjust according to the amount of carbs(sugars) you are intaking. And, you should be fine. Natural sugars are better than processed sugars.

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    3 years ago


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