About NovoRapid FlexPens
NovoRapid contained in NovoRapid FlexPens is a rapid-acting insulin meant to manage glycemic control in adult and pediatric patients with diabetes. NovoRapid FlexPens contains insulin aspart. NovoRapid is suitable as mealtime insulin since it begins to function more quickly than other types of Insulin. Insulin aspart is human-made Insulin, and it achieved higher peak insulin concentrations in less time and with a shorter duration of action compared to regular human Insulin. Insulin aspart is sold under the brand name NovoLog and Fiasp and is used to treat Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Other ingredients in NovoRapid are Glycerol; phenol; metacresol; zinc chloride; sodium chloride; disodium phosphate dihydrate, sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, and water for injection. Within 10-20 minutes, NovoRapid will start to lower your blood sugar and have a maximum effect between 1 and 3 hours, and the effects last for 3-5 hours. Generally, NovoRapid is prescribed in combination with intermediate-acting or long-acting insulin preparations.
PreFill cartridges are available as a clear and colorless solution. It is designed for use with durable insulin delivery devices, such as NovoRapid FlexPens. It allows for half-unit dosing. Penfill cartridges have a lower environmental impact compared to prefilled disposable insulin pens.
What is NovoRapid Flexpen used for?
This NovoRapid Flexpen cartridge contains NovoRapid Insulin and can be used with a Pen cartridge device to provide mealtime insulin that diabetic patients who are on insulin therapy can use to reduce blood sugar increases after meals. Aspart is a comprehensive insulin therapy plan. This Insulin is used in conjunction with long-acting Insulin. NovoRapid needs to be taken 20 minutes or less before a meal, whichever comes first into the abdomen, upper arm, buttocks, or front of your waist.
NovoRapid is insulin aspart and contains vitamin B3 (niacinamide) in its formulation. This helps to speed up insulin absorption in your body to help maintain insulin levels. It enters the bloodstream quickly in approximately 2½ minutes. This way, you can take NovoRapid at the meal’s start or 20 minutes after the start.
NovoRapid is available from Novo Nordisk Canada in the following format:
- NovoRapid Vial 10 mLor 1000 Units
- NovoRapid Flexpen 3 mL or 300 units
- NovoRapid Cartridge 3 mL (designed for use with Novo Nordisk Insulin Delivery Devices)
What is the dosage of NovoRapid Flexpen?
Your doctor will individualize the dosage of NovoRapid based on the patient’s metabolic needs, blood glucose monitoring results, and glycemic control goal. When converting from another mealtime insulin to NovoRapid, the initial change can be done on a unit-to-unit basis.
How to store NovoRapid FlexPens?
- Not used – store in a refrigerator, 36°F–46°F (2°C to 8°C). Discard the pen if the liquid is frozen.
- Used – Leave it at room temperature, less than 30°C Throw away the NovoRapid Cartridge after 4
Side Effects of NovoRapid FlexPens
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Some signs and symptoms include anxiety, irritability, mood changes, dizziness or lightheartedness, sweating, confusion, and headache.
- Low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia).
- Severe allergic reactions (whole-body reactions) – trouble breathing; a fast heartbeat; swelling of your face, tongue, or throat; sweating; extreme drowsiness; dizziness or confusion. Get help immediately.
- Heart failure. Taking certain diabetes pills called TZDs (thiazolidinediones) with Fiasp® may cause heart failure in some people.
Common Side Effects of NovoRapid Flexpen:
- skin problems such as eczema
- redness and swelling of your skin (dermatitis)
- reactions at the injection site, such as itching, rash, skin thickening, or pits at the injection site (lipodystrophy),
- weight gain.
Before using NovoRapid FlexPens, talk to your doctor if you:
- Have liver or kidney problems.
- Take other medicines, especially ones called TZDs (thiazolidinediones).
- Drink alcohol.
- Suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, or eating less than usual.
- Exercise more than usual.
- Are ill.
- Traveling over time zones.
- Have heart failure or other heart problems.
- Are pregnant, planning to become pregnant.
- Are you breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
- Drive or use tools or machines.
Never share a syringe or pen while using a single-person use syringe or pen when injecting NovoRapid with other patients, even if you use a new needle. Monitor your condition each time the doctor changes your dose for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Do not inject Insulin in the same area to prevent lipodystrophy or localized cutaneous amyloidosis.
Symptoms of Hypoglycaemia may include:
- dizziness or lightheartedness
- blurred vision
- anxiety, irritability, or mood changes
- slurred speech
- confusion or drowsiness
- fast heartbeat
- feeling jittery
Remember that regular physical exercise is crucial to treating diabetes or managing prediabetes, along with your diet planning, weight management, and medications. Because your cells become more responsive to insulin while you are active, your blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, can be lowered more successfully. Take your medications regularly and follow up with your healthcare specialist.