About Humalog® U-200 KwikPen®
Humalog U-200 KwikPens are a modern, fast-acting insulin taken by those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes to control blood sugar spikes and avoid diabetes complications including kidney damage, eye damage, nerve problems and loss of limbs.
Similar to insulin produced naturally in the body, it facilitates the reuptake of glucose in the fat cells and muscle and blocks the release of glucose from the liver. After 10-20 minutes after injection it starts to take effect which can last between 3-5 hours.
This medication is usually prescribed by doctors to be used along with a long-acting insulin which helps control blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Humalog insulin is made available through the Humalog-U200 KwikPen which is portable, discreet and lightweight making it perfect for on the go. It can be taken with you anywhere to help you inject your mealtime insulin.
Even after the Humalog U-200 pen has been used it doesn’t require to be refrigerated. Place it into your pocket or purse until you need it again. It’s advised to always have a spare pen available at all times.
If you are unsure how to use the Humalog U-200 KwikPen, your doctor or nurse should show you the correct way to inject insulin under the skin.
The Humalog 200IU/ml KwikPen should be taken 15 minutes prior to starting your meal or within 20 minutes of starting your meal. This diabetes medication should only be part of your diabetes treatment in addition to a healthy diet, regular exercise and weight loss as advised by your doctor.
Your doctor should instruct you on how, when and where to take this medication which can impact its effectiveness.
Do not stop taking your insulin medication unless under the direction of your doctor.
Monitor your blood sugar levels frequently, regularly and keep track of results. Share results with your doctor so they can adjust your insulin dosage based on your individual needs.
What if I forget to take my insulin dose?
If you miss a dose, your blood sugar levels may become too high (hyperglycemia). Test your blood sugar levels and take the next dose accordingly.
Humalog 200IU/ml KwikPen Storage:
Opened vials/cartridges can stay good at room temperature for up to 4 weeks. Unopened vials should be refrigerated between 2-8°C.
Most side effects disappear over time as your body adjusts and do not require any medical attention. If issues persist or you are concerned then speak with a medical expert.
Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) may result when taking insulin. This can lead to severe complications including seizures or death.
Allergic skin reactions may occur at the site of injection which may include hard lumps, itching, redness, rash and swelling.
Lipodystrophy (skin thickening or pits at the injection site)
Some have reported weight gain while taking this medication.
Common symptoms experienced with low blood sugar may include:
- light-headedness or dizziness
- slurred speech
- blurred vision
- increased heartbeat
- mood changes
If you experience hypoglycemia symptoms such as tremors, anxiety, weakness, cool pale skin and cold sweats this can promptly be treated by consuming sugar such as glucose tablets, candy or a sugary drink in order to get blood sugar levels into a safe range again.
Rotate injection sites regularly to prevent hard lumps from developing at injection sites. For faster absorption it is recommended to inject below the skin of the abdomen.
Warnings & Precautions
When using the Humalog U-200 KwikPen there are a few things to remember before getting started.
Do not use if insulin no longer appears colorless, clear or contains particles.
Speak to your doctor if you have had any liver, kidney or heart problems prior to starting treatment.
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with the Humalog U-200 KwikPen as this may cause low blood sugar levels
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should also speak with your doctor as you may require an adjustment to your dosage.
The Humalog U-200 KwikPen is generally safe to take during pregnancy and animal studies have shown little to no adverse side effects to a developing fetus, however limited studies have been done.
It has also been shown to be safe during breastfeeding. Human studies have shown that it does not pass through breastmilk in significant amounts and not harmful to the baby.
It is possible that your ability to drive may be impaired by blood sugar being too low or too high. If you experience these symptoms it is advised to not drive.
The Humalog KwikPen should be taken with caution for those with liver or kidney disease. A dose adjustment may be required by your doctor along with regular and frequent blood sugar monitoring.
Insulin should be taken 15 minutes before starting your meal or immediately after.
Follow your doctors dosage instructions and number of units to take with what meals.
Humalog KwikPen U-200 vs Humalog KwikPen U-100
If you are comparing the two Humalog KwikPens you’ll notice the following key similarities and differences:
- Both Humalog KwikPens are the same size
- Both work similarly and no dose conversion is necessary
- Once the insulin pen is opened it does not need to be refrigerated and can last up to 28 days and then must be discarded even if there is insulin remaining.
- It can hold twice the amount of mealtime insulin
- KwikPen U-200 need to be changed half as often
- You require fewer pens per month