RE: [IP] Re: Regular insulin in pump
Thank You Jan. One correction Humulin U-500 R concentrated insulin does
require an RX.
John S Wilkinson
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Subject: [IP] Re: Regular insulin in pump
> I couldn't imagine using Regular insulin in my pump. Wow!
> Regular is less expensive right?
That was in response to:
>> I use 100 units of U-500 R concentrated insulin. That is 500
>> units of U-100.
Well, I guess it's time for another little history lesson since we have had
a lot of newbies to the list. When I (we oldies) started pumping in the
pioneer days (8/23/83 for me) there was only Regular beef/pork insulin to
use. That meant a bolus (in whole units only, not tenths) should be
programmed about 20 min. before eating. That's okay, except when that is
done the phone may ring and you get side-tracked. Or, you go to McDonald's
and there is no line, so you wait - then a line forms and you are pushed
back. Go to a restaurant and wait for a table. Get a table, then when does
the order get taken, or delivered - correctly? A lot of variables there.
I got an abscess from a site with Reg. so dr. Rx'd Velosulin by Nordisk
(pure pork) which worked safer. Then they added a buffering to it and named
it Velosulin BR because more pumpers came on the scene.
I did that for 16 years before Humalog was available to me. Humalog changed
the face of pumping drastically. I put it in the category of home BG
After 8 years of Humalog use, it suddenly (abruptly!!) quit working in me. I
tried Novolog which was great. Good we have choices - and competition so
other companies can produce a similar/different product. When the H quit
working I called the dr. and told the nurse I may have to use Regular. She
said, "NO! You can't use regular in your pump!!!" I said, "I can too! I did
for 16 years." She said, "OK, but I'll tell the doctor." Fortunately,
Novolog worked and still is working after 2.5 years.
Sometimes people forget what the first-timers went through to get to where
others are today. I strongly feel that if I were to start pumping today, I
would not qualify going through what is now required with basal testing etc.
Carb counting didn't even come about until around '94, therefore, we used
our pumps as a shot delivery system. For instance, I took 4u for bfst, 2u
for lunch, and 6u for dinner. The 6 hurt so bad going in I had to do 3, then
delay it for 3 min. and program the other 3. Yes, that pump had a delay on
Yes, Regular is cheaper and does not require an Rx; NPH also does not. The
other insulins are analogs and are safe to require Rx's so they can charge a
Back to the present day.
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