Humalog Junior KwikPen offers the combined benefits of a rapid-acting insulin in a prefilled disposable pen and half-unit dosing to help control your child’s diabetes.
It differs from the Humalog KwikPen since it offers half-unit increments plus it shouldn’t be refrigerated after first use. Due to its size, it can be carried anywhere for application.
Humalog® Junior KwikPen® (insulin lispro injection 100 units/mL) is the only pre-filled, disposable half-unit insulin pen used to treat those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
For children and their caregivers, learning how to inject insulin can be challenging and overwhelming. With the Humalog Junior KwikPen there are fewer steps for involved during the injection process since it’s pre-filled and the half-unit increments make dosing more precise.
In the past, delivering half unit of insulin could only be done through reusable pens that requires removing and loading cartridges. With the Humalog Junior KwikPen this can be easily accomplished through its ability to administer fine-tuned dosing.
Humalog Junior KwikPens are designed to be shorter and lighter than other pre-filled half-unit insulin pens. Its design has been approved by the International Organization of Standardization.
Humalog Junior KwikPen offers half-unit increments are ideal for those with insulin sensitivity and older adults who require precision when applying their insulin injection and need to round to the nearest whole-unit.
Users can apply finer dose adjustments (0.5 vs 1 unit dose increments) for diabetics who normally require small doses (?30 units) during mealtime of Humalog® U-100 (insulin lispro injection 100 units/mL).
Humalog® Junior KwikPen®: Side Effects
Although symptoms may differ for all patients, low blood sugar is the most common side effect with taking insulin. Severe low blood sugar levels can lead to hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar can also lead to symptoms including unconsciousness (passing out), seizures and even death.
If symptoms occur they should receive immediate attention to stabilize blood sugar levels. Treating low blood sugar is extremely important and can be done by eating a source of sugar, such as glucose tablets, a table spoon of honey or jam, jelly beans or lifesavers, a tablespoon of sugar or a non-diet soft drink.
Speak to your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of low blood sugar as it may be related to your diet or will require a modification to dosage.
Other side effects with Humalog Junior KwikPen include:
rapid breathing, shortness of breath or wheezing
Allergic reactions, these can be severe (whole-body reactions can happen). If this occurs, get medical attention immediately
shortness of breath or wheezing
low potassium levels (hypokalemia)
swelling of hands and feet
heart failure if taking insulin with certain medications such as TZDs
rash, itching, skin thickening or pits at injection site (lipodystrophy)
Speak to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above including sudden weight gain, swelling of ankles or feet or shortness of breath.
These are not all the side effects associated with Humalog and can differ with each individual. Please report any negative side effects to the FDA by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Humalog® Junior KwikPen®: Usage
Humalog KwikPen Junior is a pen that must be injected underneath the skin (subcutaneously). To do this:
clean the tip of the pen with an alcohol swab and attach needle;
choose required dose
clean the skin injection site with alcohol and swab
pinch the skin and inject into the fold
Pinching the skin may not be necessary if you are using a short needle
wait a few days before injecting into the same spot again
Do not share your Humalog Junior KwikPen, even if the needle has been changed. Sharing diabetes pens can lead to the transmission of pathogens or spread serious infection.
Do not change the insulin you are currently using without advising your doctor first. These changes can result in potential spikes or drops in blood sugar. Changes should be monitored by a healthcare provider.
Insulin doses may require modification due to illness, stress, diet changes, increased physical activity and other medications you may be taking.
After filling your prescription and picking up your Humalog Junior KwikPen, this medication should be stored in temperatures that are below 86°F (30°C) for the duration of use. The Junior KwikPen remains usable for at least 28 days, after which it will need to be properly disposed of. Patients should be sure to dispose of their KwikPen even if there is still medication in it and should not use it after the 28-day window has closed.
It is perfectly acceptable for adults, as well as children, to use the Humalog Junior KwikPen. The lower dosage that comes with the Humalog Junior KwikPen is well-suited for individuals with sensitivities to insulin, those requiring lower doses of insulin compared to other medication options, or patients who require a very precise amount of insulin in their prescribed regular dose.
It has not been determined whether Humalog, regardless of whether it is the Junior KwikPen variation or any other option for those using Humalog, is safe or effective for any individuals below the age of 18 years that have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The safety and efficacy have also not been determined for those with type 1 diabetes who are below the age of three years old. If a doctor recommends the use of a Humalog Junior KwikPen, you may be given specific instructions regarding its use. Follow these instructions exactly as there is a lack of proper studies regarding the medication being used for this age group.
Follow the instructions to prime your KwikPen before use. When ready to inject and use your Humalog Junior KwikPen, you will need first to insert the injection needle under your skin. After doing this, you should push the dose knob, making sure it’s pushed completely in. Hold the dose knob in place for at least five seconds, or a few more, to ensure that the medication has been administered properly. After at least five seconds, remove the needle. Be sure to use a new needle every time your Humalog is injected.
Sometimes, the dose knob on the Humalog Junior KwikPen may be difficult to press all the way in. This can be made easier for some individuals by pushing more slowly on the dose knob during use. In some cases, the needle of your Humalog Junior KwikPen may be blocked. When this is the case, patients should remove the current needle, install a new one, and prime their Junior KwikPen for use. Additionally, some difficulties with pressing the dose knob down may be attributed to some type of blockage within the pen itself. If your pen contains liquid, food, or dust that is causing it not to work properly, please dispose of the faulty KwikPen and acquire a new one.
It is recommended that patients using the Humalog Junior KwikPen use the BD Pen Needles from Becton, Dickinson, and Company. If you have any questions regarding the types of needles that you may use with your Humalog Junior KwikPen aside from these, please consult with your prescribing physician or your pharmacist for more information.
Those using the Humalog Junior KwikPen will need to prime the device to ensure they have removed any air that has accumulated within the cartridge and needle of the pen during use. To prime your Humalog Junior KwikPen, you will need to turn the dose knob until you’ve selected two units on the pen. Hold the Junior KwikPen upright and ensure that the needle is facing upward. Gently tap on the side of your KwikPen to cause any bubbles within the pen to float to the top of the device. Once you’ve done this, push in the dose knob as far as it will go. Your dose window should display “0” units, and you will need to hold the dose knob in place for at least five seconds.
After you’ve completed these steps, the main air bubbles should be removed from the pen, and the insulin should be visible at the tip of the KwikPen’s needle. A few small air bubbles are normal and perfectly fine to remain within the pen, and these will not impact the dose you receive nor the function of the Junior KwikPen. If you perform these steps and do not see any insulin at the tip of the pen’s needle, repeat the priming steps as needed until the insulin becomes visible.
It is essential that you prime your Humalog Junior KwikPen so that you will receive the correct amount of insulin in your injection and that your KwikPen will function correctly. Not priming your KwikPen may result in inaccurate dosage administration.
The medication in a Humalog Junior KwikPen should begin working rapidly after injection. This makes Humalog ideal for injecting directly before having a meal, as it will become effective quickly and allow the patient to enjoy a meal without significant preparation beforehand. Please keep in mind that insulin may have varying time frames in which it takes effects for those using it due to personal differences in temperature, physical activity, injection site choice, dosage, and blood supply. Not every patient will have the same experience when injecting their Humalog Junior KwikPen, and even the same individual may notice differences in how the medication takes effect with each use.