Fastacting Insulin Preparations

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There are four fast-acting insulin preparations:

• Regular insulin

• Insulin lispro

• Insulin aspart

• Insulin glulisine

Table 6-9 Characteristics of the Currently Available Insulins

Insulin Preparations

How Soon Does It Start Acting?

Peak Effect

How Long Does It Last?

Insulins lispro, aspart, glulisine

5-15 minutes

1-1.5 hours

3-4 hours

Human regular

30-60 minutes

2 hours

6-8 hours

Human NPH

2-4 hours

6-7 hours

10-20 hours

Insulin glargine

1.5 hours


About 24 hours

Insulin detemir

1 hour

Almost flat

17 hours

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