What is Apidra?
Apidra is a fast-acting insulin that controls high blood sugar in both children and adults with Diabetes (ages 4 and up). It’s taken at mealtimes (15 minutes before a meal or within 20 minutes of starting to eat) and can be administered by an injectable pen (Apidra SoloSTAR Pen), vial and syringe or used in a pump.
How long does Apidra take to begin working?
Apidra is a fast-acting (rapid) insulin type and typically begins to work within 15-30 minutes after injection.
How long does Apidra last in the body?
Apidra peaks about an hour after being injected but remains effective for between 2 and 4 hours in total.
Can Apidra be used in an insulin pump?
Yes. When pumped, Apidra should never be combined with other insulin, nor should it be diluted.
Is Apidra safe to use during pregnancy?
Because no well-controlled clinical studies have confirmed that Apidra is safe to use during pregnancy, you should consult carefully with your healthcare provider before using it while pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding. Apidra would only be prescribed during pregnancy when the benefits clearly outweigh the risks. Other insulin options may be preferable.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Apidra?
Because Apidra is a mealtime insulin, it’s not always taken on a regular schedule. That being said, if you forget to take Apidra before or during a meal, it can seriously impact your blood sugar levels. Be sure to check your blood sugar as soon as you realize you’ve missed a dose, and never take a double dose of Apidra to compensate. If you’re concerned about your blood sugar levels after missing a dose of Apidra, contact your doctor right away.