I was on Humalog for years. My insurance recently mandated that I switch to Novolog a couple of months ago. I am really unhappy with Novolog. It takes forever to start acting and isn't really kicking in until about a 45-60 minutes after bolus. This is really evident now that I have a CGM. I'd like to switch back to Humalog or to Apidra but it is cost-prohibitive with my coverage.
Anyone else notice this with Novolog? Is anyone on Apridra?
My Novolog experience was a faster and slightly sharper peak and I never have been able to figure out the tail effectively. All of the insulins seem to act differently for everyone. While I am a Humalog user, I keep a backup Novolog prescription on file with a local pharmacy because I have tile floors in my kitchen where I store my insulin and I buy via mail-order. Oh - and I'm a bit of a klutz! Nothing worse than no local prescription in an emergency... ;)
Where the coverage is concerned - make sure you don't have a ceiling on your maximum out of pocket for prescriptions before costs change - I think I have seen this on some policies a lifetime or two ago..
I was forced into the mail-order switch because Humalog is about 50% more expensive but I get one month free of the 3 month supply when I buy through the mail.
My coworker just switched to Apidra and he loves it. I hear it is more expensive...
Hmmm - well, I typed a lot and I'm not sure I said much of anything that helps :(
Just thought I would boost this post, It has some important information about fast acting insulin.
Has anyone else tried or had to experience more then 1 insulin? Omg I remember my 1st Regular and NPH combos. 2 shots a day and a super strict regimen of wakeup, take insulin, wait 30mins, eat, exactly 4 hours later eat again an exact number of exchanges, no injection (the NPH was spiking), snack at 3 exactly 1 exchange, then exactly at 6 take next injection of mixed insulin (which I forgot to mention must always be drawn up R then NPH in that order.) Wait 30mings then eat my exchange total. Everything was SO fixed.
Stilledlife- oh how I remember! I had this "placemat" I had to lay down when drawing up my insulin so I could remember how/where/when and in what order to do it (I was only 9!). Can't believe how far we've come in just a short about of time... well 16 years might not be THAT short of a time! :)
I pay the non-preferred price to be able to use Humalog. On my HMO plan that means $45 rather than the $5 for Novalog. I do NOT like the hour wait with Novalog. I decide what I am going to eat then adjust what I take...can't do that with Novalog.
My endo wants me to switch to Apidra because he thinks it will work in my pump better (I guess the humalogue tends to crystalize though I haven't really noticed that much). He wrote out the Apidra prescription 4 monhts ago and I still haven't filled it because I'm afraid to change. I just get a refill on my humalogue each month. I've used humalogue from Day One, and really can't make the change. Has anyone else made the jump to Apidra? Any thoughts?