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NovoRapid Flexpen 5 pens/Pack, solution for injection in a pre-filled pen.
Package leaflet: Information for the user
NovoRapid Flexpen 5 pens/Pack
Solution for injection in pre–filled pen
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
NovoRapid Flexpen is a modern insulin (insulin analogue) with a rapid–acting effect. Modern insulin products are improved versions of human insulin.
NovoRapid® is used to reduce the high blood sugar level in adults, adolescents and children aged 1 year and above with diabetes mellitus (diabetes). Diabetes is a disease where your body does not produce enough insulin to control the level of your blood sugar. Treatment with NovoRapid® helps to prevent complications from your diabetes.
NovoRapid® will start to lower your blood sugar 10–20 minutes after you inject it, a maximum effect occurs between 1 and 3 hours after the injection and the effect lasts for 3–5 hours. Due to this short action NovoRapid® should normally be taken in combination with intermediate–acting or long–acting insulin preparations. Moreover NovoRapid® can be used for continuous infusion in a pump system.
2. What you need to know before you use NovoRapid®
Do not use NovoRapid®
If you are allergic to insulin aspart, or any of the other ingredients in this medicine (see section 6, Contents of the pack and other information).
If you suspect hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) is starting (see a) Summary of serious and very common side effects in section 4).
If NovoRapid Flexpen, 5 pens/Pack is dropped, damaged or crushed.
If it has not been stored correctly or been frozen (see section 5, How to store NovoRapid®).
If the insulin does not appear clear and colourless.
If any of these applies, do not use NovoRapid®. Talk with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.
Before using NovoRapid Flexpen, 5 pens/Pack
Check the label to make sure it is the right type of insulin.
Always use a new needle for each injection to prevent contamination.
Needles and NovoRapid Flexpen, 5 pens/Pack must not be shared.
Warnings and precautions
Some conditions and activities can affect your need for insulin. Consult your doctor:
If you have trouble with your kidneys or liver, or with your adrenal, pituitary or thyroid glands.
If you exercise more than usual or if you want to change your usual diet, as this may affect your blood sugar level.
If you are ill, carry on taking your insulin and consult your doctor.
If you are going abroad, travelling over time zones may affect your insulin needs and the timing of your injections.
Children and adolescents
Do not give this medicine to children below 1 year of age since no clinical studies have been carried out in children below the age of 1 year.
Other medicines and NovoRapid Flexpen, 5 pens/Pack
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Some medicines affect your blood sugar level and this may mean that your insulin dose has to change.
Listed below are the most common medicines which may affect your insulin treatment.
Your blood sugar level may fall (hypoglycaemia) if you take:
Other medicines for the treatment of diabetes
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) (used to treat depression)
Beta–blockers (used to treat high blood pressure)
Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (used to treat certain heart conditions or high blood pressure)