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Old 06-23-2010, 03:35   #1
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Sorry I've been gone so much lately, I've been busy and just haven't been up to posting much.

My doctor took me off Lantus and put me on NovoLog Mix 70/30. I'm also on the NovoLog fast acting sliding scale. My question is, are both of these available at Wal-Mart? I'd rather pay their price than pay my copay on the prescriptions if possible.

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Sorry I've been gone so much lately, I've been busy and just haven't been up to posting much.

My doctor took me off Lantus and put me on NovoLog Mix 70/30. I'm also on the NovoLog fast acting sliding scale. My question is, are both of these available at Wal-Mart? I'd rather pay their price than pay my copay on the prescriptions if possible.

Thanks and I hope everyone is doing well!
I am just curious, why did your doctor take you off Lantus? I went back to a previous post and Walmart sells 70/30 but not Novolog. Walmart sells Novolin R which is short acting insulin but it is different than Novolog. If the cost is an issue, short acting insulin can be used at mealtimes, it lasts longer than Novolog and that has its pros and cons. But you can work it into your regimen.

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I am just curious, why did your doctor take you off Lantus? I went back to a previous post and Walmart sells 70/30 but not Novolog. Walmart sells Novolin R which is short acting insulin but it is different than Novolog. If the cost is an issue, short acting insulin can be used at mealtimes, it lasts longer than Novolog and that has its pros and cons. But you can work it into your regimen.
He took me off the Lantus because it wasn't doing anything to bring down my glucose levels. I was still hovering over 400, even with the Novolog. The Novolog Mix has been working beautifully, actually on Friday it worked *too* well, causing my glucose to drop to 68. The Lantus just wasn't working for me. I'm happy right now with the two Novologs. Is the Novolin R similar to the Novolog aspart? I take that on a sliding scale 10 minutes before meals and then the Novolog Mix 70/30 I take 40 units in the morning with breakfast and 30 units at night with dinner.

But being off the Lantus & the metformin, my sugars have been averaging between 150 and 230 with the occassional spike if I eat something I shouldn't (the other day we were at my sister in laws place and she made a casserole with potatoes in it, caused my sugars to spike to 430 but there was nothing else to eat there, she didn't have salad or anything, actually I can count how often I've seen a salad at her place on one hand with fingers left over). But generally, my sugars have come down dramatically and I feel SO much better for it. Now I just need to figure out a way to exercise indoors, it is too hot outside to do any exercise outside. We normally don't go into the 100's until mid to late July and we've had 3 days of 100+ temperatures already and that's before the heat index. I'm a redhead, the sun & the heat aren't my friends when I am trying to exercise.

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He took me off the Lantus because it wasn't doing anything to bring down my glucose levels. I was still hovering over 400, even with the Novolog. The Novolog Mix has been working beautifully, actually on Friday it worked *too* well, causing my glucose to drop to 68. The Lantus just wasn't working for me. I'm happy right now with the two Novologs. Is the Novolin R similar to the Novolog aspart? I take that on a sliding scale 10 minutes before meals and then the Novolog Mix 70/30 I take 40 units in the morning with breakfast and 30 units at night with dinner.

But being off the Lantus & the metformin, my sugars have been averaging between 150 and 230 with the occassional spike if I eat something I shouldn't (the other day we were at my sister in laws place and she made a casserole with potatoes in it, caused my sugars to spike to 430 but there was nothing else to eat there, she didn't have salad or anything, actually I can count how often I've seen a salad at her place on one hand with fingers left over). But generally, my sugars have come down dramatically and I feel SO much better for it. Now I just need to figure out a way to exercise indoors, it is too hot outside to do any exercise outside. We normally don't go into the 100's until mid to late July and we've had 3 days of 100+ temperatures already and that's before the heat index. I'm a redhead, the sun & the heat aren't my friends when I am trying to exercise.
70/30 insulin is 70% NPH (intermediate) and 30% regular insulin (short acting). Novolog is rapid acting. It great that you have found something that works for you. Your doctor has chosen this regimen based on your individual needs. My inside exercise is a stationary bike. I usually read while on the bike, it passes the time away.

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