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Rapid acting insulin is slow, or something else?


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Old 03-10-2013, 04:35   #1
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I'm using Apidra now because I signed up for a promotional offer at a very low price. That was when it was new, the offer's no longer available.

Today I went for a walk 4 and a half hours after my last injection and wound up hypo. It was getting so difficult to walk that I wouldn't have been able to get back home.

I always have something in my shirt pocket like a cookie and it got me back up. Getting home wasn't a problem.

When I was using Humalog I often used to bicycle or walk starting 3 and a half hours after injection and never had a problem. One person posted on another forum that it had the same action with him as the other rapid insulin brands. That seemed reasonable and I've never tried checking to find when it finishes working.

Or could it be something else? I'm getting older and I think my glucagon response is fading. Maybe when I was younger it was enough to make up for that kind of hypo after the Humalog.

Or is there another possibility? Does anyone else use Apidra here?

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Old 03-10-2013, 15:40   #2
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No, I use novolog, which is slower than claimed by mfrs. I have heard Apidra is REALLY fast, though!

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Just in case anyone is interested, I wound up given a few vials of Novolog. I've been using it since and it is faster than Apidra, at least for me. 4 hours after injecting I went on an 8 mile bicycle grocery run with a significant hill, and didn't have a problem at all.

I've done a few searches about this, and there are comments about some people finding either Humalog, Apidra, or Novolog the fastest. It must depend on the person, and be another of those very individual things.

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No, it's Apidra. Apidra hits within minutes that is why you are always supposed to take it right before eating. It is supposed to ensure that you don't incur any spikes while eating.
I take Humalog. Normally I can wait around five minutes and I start to feel it kicking in. But Apidra is super rapid acting.

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WHere did you inject? different parts of your body have different absorption rates.

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