NPH Insulin: Humulin N, Novolin N (antidiabetics, hormones)

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Generic Name

NPH

Trade Name

Humulin N, Novolin N

Indication

hyperglycemia with diabetes type 1 and 2, diabetic ketoacidosis

Action

stimulates uptake of glucose into muscle and fat cells, inhibits production of glucose in the liver, prevents breakdown of fat and protein

RouteOnsetPeakDuration
Subcutaneous1-2 hr4-12hr18-24hr

Therapeutic Class

antidiabetics, hormones

Pharmacologic Class

pancreatics

Nursing Considerations

  • assess for symptoms of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia
  • monitor body weight over time
  • may cause decreased inorganic phosphates, potassium, and magnesium
  • monitor blood sugars every 6 hours, monitor A1C every 3-6 months

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