Novolin N (NPH) Insulin Peak Times, Onset and Duration of Action

Publish On Type 1 Diabetes By Sandra Wilson

Novolin N NPH Insulin Peak Times Onset and Duration of Action

What is Novolin N?

Novolin N, also known as Insulin Isophane, is an intermediate acting insulin which is used to treat patients with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic medical condition where the body cannot produce enough insulin or becomes resistant to it. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps to transport glucose from the bloodstream to body tissue. Diabetic patients cannot naturally produce this hormone. Hence, people with type 1 diabetes require insulin therapy such as Novolin N. Type 2 diabetes can be treated using exercise, diet, and diabetes medications, but this medication can be prescribed to patients with type 2 diabetes as a combination treatment. As well, this insulin drugcan be used to treat diabetes mellitus in both adults and children. When injected under the skin, this medication keeps working in the body for up to 18 hours. Novolin N is usually prescribed together with rapid acting insulin. Insulin Isophane can be used alone or in combination with oral diabetes medications such as Metformin.

Novolin N peak times, onset and duration of action

Novolin N onset refers to how fast this medication starts to work in lowering high blood sugar. Novolin N peak refers to how long it takes before this medication achieves its maximum effect in the body. Novolin N onset is about 1 to 2 hours, while its peak is between 4 to 12 hours.

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