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Insulin is a hormone that we produce naturally in our bodies that allows cells in the body to uptake sugar (glucose) and convert it into a method that our bodies can use for energy. Insulin is made in our pancreas, a gland behind the stomach, and is processed by our body breaking down a meal or a snack in our digestive tract and turning the carbohydrates into glucose, which is absorbed by the bloodstream through the small intestine lining.
Once the glucose is in your bloodstream, the insulin will signal the cells throughout the body to absorb the sugar, which turns it into energy. People who have diabetes have little to no natural insulin release and synthetic insulin is used to replace the missing insulin in people with type 1 diabetes or pregnant women with gestational diabetes.
What is Insulin Prescribed For?
Insulin is predominantly prescribed for women with gestational diabetes or those with type 1 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes make little to no insulin through the pancreas, which requires insulin to be injected to control the blood glucose level.
There are different insulins, including synthetic human insulin, insulin analogs, and biosimilars. Insulin analogs are considered better than human insulin at mimicking the body’s natural release, and biosimilars are used in the place of brand-name insulins.
How Does Insulin Work?
Insulin works in the same way as natural insulin made by the pancreas. After you eat, your body will break down carbohydrates into glucose, which enters your bloodstream and causes your blood sugar level to rise.
When you take insulin in a synthetic form, it will move the glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cells, which will use it for energy or store any leftover sugar in the form of fat, sugar in the muscles (also known as glycogen), or within your liver. When the sugar moves into the cells, the blood glucose levels stabilize.
How to use Insulin?
Depending on the insulin you are prescribed, you may take insulin through a number of different methods. There are three different types of insulin:
Bolus insulin is a short or rapid-acting type, taken before or at meal times to control blood sugar levels.
Basal or background insulin is an intermediate to long-acting insulin to keep blood sugar levels steady in between meals or overnight.
Basal bolus insulin is rapid acting that is taken at mealtimes in conjunction with long-acting insulin that should be taken once or twice per day.
The methods of taking insulin include the following:
- Syringe or pen. An insulin syringe or pen is used to inject insulin under the skin, which is fast acting. Some pens have cartridges inserted into the pen and others are pre-filled and discarded after using insulin.
- Insulin pump. An insulin pump is about the size of a small phone, which gives you rapid-acting insulin and delivers the insulin through a thin plastic tube placed into the fatty layer underneath your skin, either on the back of the upper arm or in the stomach area.
- Insulin inhaler. This is insulin that is used with an oral inhaler to deliver ultra rapid-acting insulin before meals and is used with an injectable long-lasting insulin.
What Are The Side Effects of Insulin?
Human insulin can cause a number of mild or serious side effects. One of the most common side effects is hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia can bring about some of the following symptoms:
- Fast heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
Hypoglycemia is more common, the insulin requirements for the individual will vary depending on the food you eat, the lifestyle you lead, and how well you are feeling in yourself.
Additionally, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels) can occasionally occur from too low a dose of insulin. In addition, to the above side effects, some common ones include the following:
- Weight gain.
- Disturbances in electrolytes, including low magnesium and potassium levels.
- Irritation around the injection sites, such as redness, itching, lumps, and swelling.
- Blurred vision (although this is a temporary side effect).
Frequently asked questions
Can you get Insulin over the counter?
In the United States there are two types of human insulin that you can get over the counter; one made by Novo Nordisk and another made by Eli Lilly, however, these types of medicine take longer to metabolize in comparison to the newer prescription versions and can vary in price. They can go up to $200 per vial, depending on where you purchase it.
How do I get a prescription for Insulin?
You can get an insulin prescription online. At DrHouse, we provide a wide variety of medications online that can help those experiencing diabetes. Contact us and a doctor can prescribe insulin.
Can you get an Insulin prescription online?
You can get an insulin prescription online. Insulin is a medication that should be prescribed by a medical professional.
What to avoid while using Insulin?
There are a number of interactions that can hinder the efficacy of insulin. There are 31 known drug interactions, including Acarbose, Bezafibrate, and Gliclazide, which can increase the risk of hypoglycemia. It’s also important to avoid foods that are considered high in sugar, such as fruit juice, dried fruit, packaged snacks, and refined carbs like pasta and white bread.
How do I get Insulin ASAP?
There are a number of ways to get insulin right away. There are emergency options to get insulin support, such as going to the emergency room. Under US law, an emergency room cannot turn you away in a life-threatening emergency.
How can I get an Insulin prescription without a doctor?
Many people are looking to get insulin quickly without visiting an actual doctor. One of the best ways to do it is via a telehealth service. At DrHouse, we can prescribe insulin quickly without you needing to visit an actual doctor so you can access the insulin you need without leaving your home.
How much does it cost to get an Insulin prescription?
With DrHouse membership plans, visits are as low as $39. DrHouse’s monthly membership plan is $9.99/month, and the annual plan is $99/year. DrHouse membership plans include free meds and delivery. No insurance is needed! One-time urgent care visits without a membership are $59. Urgent care visits don’t have a delivery option, and Rx will be sent to your preferred pharmacy in 15 minutes. You can cancel your membership anytime – without any questions.