NovoMix 50 Flexpen
NovoMix 50 Flexpen 100 iu 3 ml
Active Ingredients: Insulin Aspart 50% / Insulin aspart protamine 50%
NovoMix 50 Flexpen is used to treat diabetes. NovoMix 50 Flexpen can be used in patients aged 10 years or over.
NovoMix 50 Flexpen is injected under the skin of the abdominal wall (tummy) or the thigh. It can also be injected under the skin in the deltoid (shoulder) or gluteal (buttock) regions, if convenient. The patient's blood glucose (sugar) levels should be tested regularly to find the lowest effective dose. NovoMix 50 Flexpen is given immediately before a meal, but may be given after a meal if necessary. The usual dose is between 0.5 and 1.0 U per kilogram body weight per day.
In type 2 diabetes, NovoMix 50 Flexpen can be given on its own or together with metformin (another antidiabetes medicine). NovoMix 50 Flexpen can also be used with other antidiabetes medicines that are taken by mouth, but it should only be used with pioglitazone once the doctor has evaluated the patient's risk of fluid-related side effects.
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce enough insulin to control the level of blood glucose. NovoMix is a replacement insulin that is very similar to the insulin made by the pancreas.
The active substance in NovoMix 50 Flexpen, insulin aspart, is produced by a method known as "recombinant DNA technology": it is made by a yeast that has received a gene (DNA), which makes it able to produce insulin aspart.
Insulin aspart is very slightly different from human insulin. The change means that it is absorbed faster by the body than human insulin, and therefore starts to work sooner. NovoMix 50 Flexpen contains insulin aspart in two forms: the soluble form, which works within 10 minutes of injection and the crystallised form, which is absorbed much more slowly during the day. The replacement insulin acts in the same way as naturally produced insulin and helps glucose enter cells from the blood. By controlling the level of blood glucose, the symptoms and complications of diabetes are reduced.
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