Humalog Junior KwikPen
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:
- cold sweats
- 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)
- increased heartbeat
- 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.
Test your blood glucose levels regularly and as instructed by your doctor. You can do this with a blood glucose monitor or glucose meter.
Humalog should be injected under the skin (subcutaneously). Never inject into a muscle or vein.
Rotate injection sites to avoid skin complications and do not inject into skin that is lumpy.
Always make sure you are taking the correct insulin dosage.
If you miss a dose, contact a medical professional or pharmacist. Never double a dose to make up for a missed dose.
Humalog® Junior KwikPen®: Storage
Storing Unused Pens
- Store unused pens in the refrigerator between 2°C – 8°C.
- Do not freeze medication or use if frozen.
- If the pen has been kept refrigerated, unused Pens may be used until its expiration date
Storing In-use Pens
- Store the Pen you are currently using at room temperature [up to 30°C] and away from heat and light.
- Discard pens you are using after 28 days, even if it still has insulin left in it
Humalog® Junior KwikPen®: Warnings & Precaution
Do not use the Humalog KwikPen Junior if you are allergic to insulin lispro or any Humalog ingredients.
Do not use if your blood sugar levels drop too low (hypoglycemia).
Before starting treatment, speak to your healthcare provider about any liver or kidney issues; or heart failure or heart problems.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, advise your doctor as they may adjust your medical dosage or stop treatment.
Speak to your doctor if you are taking any vitamins, supplements, non-prescription medication especially if you are taking prescription medication including TZDs (thiazolidinediones).
Make sure you are receiving the correct type of Humalog from your pharmacy.
Do not use Humalog if solution appears cloudy, colored or contains particles.
Always use a new needle. Do not re-use needles as this can lead to infections and can lead to injecting the wrong dosage of Humalog.
Do not operate heavy machinery or drive after you have used this medication.
Do not consume alcohol while using Humalog KwikPen Junior.
Speak to your pharmacist about how to correctly dispose of pens, needles or syringes safely.