Which medications in the drug class Antidiabetics, Short-Acting Insulins are used in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus?

Updated: Jul 13, 2021
  • Author: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Antidiabetics, Short-Acting Insulins

Short-acting insulins are commonly used when a slower onset of action or a longer duration of action is desired.

Regular insulin (Humulin R, Novolin R, Myxredlin)

Regular insulin has a rapid onset of action of 0.5-1 hours and duration of action of 4-6 hours. The peak effects are seen within 2-4 hours. Preparations that contain a mixture of 70% neutral protamine Hagedorn (NPH) and 30% regular human insulin (ie, Novolin 70/30, Humulin 70/30) are also available.

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