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.
Lantus and Novolin N are classified therapeutically as antidiabetics or hormones. Their pharmacologic classification is pancreatics.
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.
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.
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.
Novolin N lasts for from 12 to 18 hours, while Lantus has a duration of up to 24 hours.
- Mayoclinic: Insulin: Compare common options for insulin therapy
- "Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses;" Judith Hopfer Deglin Pharm. D and April Hazard Vallerand FAAN; 2008
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