Humulin N insulin is a hormone used for the treatment of diabetes mellitus. It is a crystalline suspension of human insulin with protamine and zinc providing an immediate-acting insulin with a slower onset of of action and a longer duration of activity (up to 24 hours). Each vial contains 100 units/mL of insulin.
Humulin N insulin is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use this medication in dogs and cats. The dose of Humulin N insulin is determined by means of a blood glucose test. Doses can vary. In some instances Humulin N insulin may be given once a day and in other instances twice a day.
Side effects when using Humulin N insulin may include hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) with symptoms of weakness, tiredness, shaking, seizures or coma. Cats may appear immobile. Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) has symptoms of increased thirst and urination, vomiting, change in gait or weakness. Allergic reaction may occur. Signs of an allergic reaction may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, or coma.
Do not switch from one type insulin to another unless under the directions of a veterinarian. Changing from one insulin to another may require an adjustment in the dose. Insulin requires refrigeration. Overnight shipping is required and additional shipping charges are applicable. Rarely, allergic reactions can occur. Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if your pet experiences hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the lips, tongue, or face.Humulin N insulin should be stored in the refrigerator but not in the freezer. If the open bottle of insulin cannot be refrigerated, it can be kept at room temperature, below 86 F and away from heat and light for a short period of time. Do not use Humulin N insulin if it has been frozen. Do not use Humulin N insulin past its expiration date. Keep this medication away from children and pets.