Apidra (insulin glulisine) side effects

Just like any other medication, you are likely to experience side effects as a result of using Apidra. However, not many people who use this medication experience apidra side effects. Remember that your doctor recommended this medication because they believe that the benefit outweigh the risk.

In some cases, you may experience negative effects like injection site reactions, with symptoms such as redness, irritation and pain. In case you notice any of these symptoms, you should inform your pharmacist or doctor. Taking this medication may also lead to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels. This usually happens when you do not eat enough calories from food or engage in excessive physical exercise during your treatment.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia include the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Tingling feet or hands
  • Hunger
  • Sudden sweating
  • Shaking

If you are at risk of having low blood sugar, you need to carry glucose tablets to help you relieve the symptoms. You can also raise your blood sugar levels quickly by taking simple carbohydrate food like non diet soda, hard candy or fruit juice. To prevent hypoglycemia, avoid skipping meals. In case you skipped a meal, talk to your doctor so that they can advise you what you should do. If hypoglycemia is left untreated, it could develop into severe hypoglycemia. This is a life threatening medical condition that harms the brain or heart. You may also experience other apidra side effects such as low blood potassium in the blood and allergic reactions.

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