Lantus Insulin Vs. Novolin N

By Ngozi Oguejiofo

Diabetes is a condition in which a person's blood sugar level is higher than normal. Novolin N and Lantus are types of insulin used to keep blood sugar within normal limits.

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Diabetes is a condition in which a person's blood sugar level is higher than normal. Novolin N and Lantus are types of insulin used to keep blood sugar within normal limits.

Classification

Lantus and Novolin N are classified therapeutically as antidiabetics or hormones. Their pharmacologic classification is pancreatics.

Action

Both medications lower blood sugar levels by stimulating absorption of glucose in skeletal muscle and fat. They also inhibit the production of glucose in the liver.

Onset

Novolin N is an intermediate-acting insulin that starts acting in from one to four hours after being taken. Lantus is a long-acting insulin that starts acting in from one to 10 hours after being injected.

Peak

The peak time of an insulin is the time during which the blood sugar is most affected. The peak time for Novolin N is four to 12 hours after administration. Lantus does not have a peak time because it is released at a constant rate.

Duration

Novolin N lasts for from 12 to 18 hours, while Lantus has a duration of up to 24 hours.

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About the Author

Ngozi Oguejiofo has been writing on a freelance basis since 2009 and most of her writings are focused on health. She is currently a registered nurse. She is interested in teaching, and writes articles focused on student nurses for various online publications.

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