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Can Humalog insulin can be used with an insulin pump?


Yes. I've got several patients with insulin pumps on lispro insulin (Humalog), and it works great, if:

  1. You're willing to experiment with it for a week or more before you get the hang of it: Lispro doesn't allow any leeway for error in your logic; any error in choosing a basal rate may take quite a bit of fooling around before you can get things restabilized.
  2. You're willing to give boluses to cover the hyperglycemic effect of snacks.
  3. You're willing to check zillions of blood sugars, both before and after meals, to sort out the inevitable problems.
  4. You've got telephone contact with a Diabetes Nurse Educator who's very familiar with both the pumps and with lispro insulin. You should plan to learn everything you can from your Diabetes Nurse Educator before actually switching, but you'll probably need to keep in touch frequently after starting using lispro insulin.

Also see another question about using lispro in a pump.


Original posting 11 Sep 96


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