What is Velosulin and why is it prescribed?
Velosulin is prescribed for diabetes mellitus when diet modifications and oral medications fail to correct the condition. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland that lies near the stomach. This hormone is necessary for the body's correct use of food, especially sugar. Insulin apparently works by helping sugar penetrate the cell wall, where it is then utilized by the cell. In people with diabetes, the body either does not make enough insulin, or the insulin that is produced cannot be used properly. Regardless of the type of insulin your doctor has prescribed, you should follow carefully the dietary and exercise guidelines he or she has recommended. Failure to follow these guidelines or to take your insulin as prescribed may result in serious and potentially life-threatening complications such as hypoglycemia.

How should you take Velosulin?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Velosulin. Your doctor should tell you what to do if you miss an insulin injection or meal. Store Velosulin in a refrigerator or in another cool, dark place. Do not expose insulin to heat or direct sunlight. Check your product's label. Never use Velosulin after the expiration date which is printed on the label and carton.

Are there any Velosulin side effects?
Velosulin side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. While side effects from Velosulin use are rare, allergic reactions or low blood sugar may pose significant health risks. Your doctor should be notified if any of the following occur: (1) Mild allergic reactions: Swelling, itching or redness at the injection site (usually disappears within a few days or weeks), or (2) More serious allergic reactions: Fast pulse, low blood pressure, perspiration, rash over the entire body, shortness of breath, shallow breathing, or wheezing. Other side effects are virtually eliminated when the correct dose of Velosulin is matched with the proper diet and level of physical activity. Low blood sugar may develop in poorly controlled or unstable diabetes. Consuming sugar or a sugar-containing product will usually correct the condition, which can be brought about by taking too much insulin, missing or delaying meals, exercising or working more than usual, an infection or illness, a change in the body's need for insulin, drug interactions, or consuming alcohol. Symptoms of low blood sugar include abnormal behavior, anxiety, blurred vision, cold sweat, confusion, depressed mood, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, hunger, inability to concentrate, light-headedness, nausea, nervousness, personality changes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, sleep disturbances, slurred speech, sweating, tingling in the hands, feet, lips, or tongue, tremor, and unsteady movement. Contact your physician if these symptoms persist. Symptoms of more severe low blood sugar include coma and disorientation. Remember, too, the symptoms associated with an under-supply of insulin, which can be brought on by taking too little of it, overeating, or fever and infection. Symptoms of insufficient insulin include drowsiness, flushing, fruity breath, heavy breathing, loss of appetite, rapid pulse, and thirst. If you are ill, you should check your urine for ketones, and notify your doctor if the test is positive. This condition can be life-threatening.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Velosulin?
If Velosulin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. Specific medications, depending on the amount present, that affect insulin levels or its effectiveness include ACE inhibitors (such as the blood pressure medications Accupril and Lotensin), Anabolic steroids (such as Anadrol-50), Appetite suppressants (such as Tenuate), Aspirin, Beta-blocking blood pressure medicines (such as Tenormin and Lopressor), Diuretics (such as Lasix and Dyazide), Epinephrine (EpiPen), Estrogens (such as Premarin), Isoniazid (Nydrazid), Major tranquilizers (such as Mellaril and Thorazine), MAO inhibitors (drugs such as the antidepressants Nardil and Parnate), Niacin (Nicobid), Octreotide (Sandostatin), Oral contraceptives, Oral drugs for diabetes (such as Diabinese and Orinase), Phenytoin (Dilantin), Steroid medications (such as prednisone), Sulfa antibiotics (such as Bactrim and Septra), or Thyroid medications (such as Synthroid). Use alcohol carefully, since excessive alcohol consumption can cause low blood sugar. Don't drink unless your doctor has approved it.

Are there any special warnings about Velosulin?
Wear personal identification that states clearly that you are diabetic. Carry a sugar-containing product such as hard candy to offset any symptoms of low blood sugar. Do not change the type of insulin or even the model and brand of syringe or needle you use without your physician's instruction. Failure to use the proper syringe may lead to improper dosage levels of insulin. If you become ill from any cause, especially with nausea and vomiting or fever, your insulin requirements may change. It is important to eat as normally as possible. If you have trouble eating, drink fruit juices, soda, or clear soups, or eat small amounts of bland foods. Test your urine and/or blood sugar and tell your doctor at once. If you have severe and prolonged vomiting, seek emergency medical care. If you are taking Velosulin, you should check your glucose levels with home blood and urine testing devices. If your blood tests consistently show above-normal sugar levels or your urine tests consistently show the presence of sugar, your diabetes is not properly controlled, and you should tell your doctor. To avoid infection or contamination, use disposable needles and syringes or sterilize your reusable syringe and needle carefully. Always keep handy an extra supply of Velosulin as well as a spare syringe and needle.

Information on this website is provided for educational purposes and should not replace discussions with your doctor.


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