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Protaphane 10 mL Vial


Actrapid® 10 mL vial
Protaphane® 10 mL vial

insulin (rys)


Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

What insulin is used for

Before you use insulin

How to use insulin

While you are using insulin

Side effects

After using insulin

Product Description

Further information

This leaflet answers some common questions about insulin 10 mL vials. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using insulin against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What insulin is used for

Insulin is used to treat diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus is a condition where your pancreas does not produce enough insulin to control your blood sugar (glucose) level. Extra insulin is therefore needed.

There are two types of diabetes mellitus:

Type 1 diabetes – also called juvenile onset diabetes

Type 2 diabetes – also called maturity onset diabetes

Patients with type 1 diabetes always require insulin to control their blood sugar levels.

Some patients with type 2 diabetes may also require insulin after initial treatment with diet, exercise and tablets.

Insulin lowers your blood sugar level after injection. Each of the following insulins is available in a 10 mL vial:

Actrapid® is Neutral Insulin Injection, a fast-acting insulin. This means that it will start to lower your blood sugar level about half an hour after you inject it, and the effect will last for approximately 8 hours. Actrapid® is often used in combination with longer-acting insulin products.

Protaphane® is Isophane Insulin Injection, an intermediate-acting insulin. This means that it will start to lower your blood sugar level about one and a half hours after you inject it, and the effect will last for approximately 24 hours. Protaphane® is often used in combination with fast- or rapid-acting insulin products.

As with all insulins, the duration of action will vary according to the type of insulin, the dose, injection site, blood flow, temperature and level of physical activity.

Actrapid® is also used by doctors to treat some people with diabetes in emergency situations.

Insulin is not addictive.

Insulin is available only with a doctor’s prescription.

Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why insulin has been prescribed for you.

Before you use insulin

When you must not use it

Do not use insulin if:

  1. you have an allergy to:
  • any medicine containing insulin
  • any of the ingredients listed in the “Ingredients” section of this leaflet.
    Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
    – redness, swelling, rash and itching at the injection site
    – rash, itching or hives on the skin
    – shortness of breath
    – wheezing or difficulty breathing
    – swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body.
  1. you are experiencing a low blood sugar level (a “hypo”) when the dose is due.

If you have a lot of hypos discuss appropriate treatment with your doctor.

If you are not sure whether you should start using this medicine, talk to your doctor.

Do not inject Protaphane® into a vein.

Do not use Protaphane® to treat a condition known as diabetic ketoacidotic coma.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date printed on the label and carton, or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.

Before you start to use it

Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives or dyes.

Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:

  • kidney problems
  • liver problems
  • adrenal, pituitary or thyroid gland problems.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Pregnancy may make managing your diabetes more difficult. Insulin needs usually decrease during the first three months of pregnancy and increase during the last six months. Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. Your doctor or pharmacist can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.

Inform your doctor as soon as possible if you experience signs of heart failure such as unusual shortness of breath or rapid increase in weight or localised swelling (oedema). Some patients with long-standing type 2 diabetes mellitus and heart disease or previous stroke who are treated with thiazolidinediones in combination with insulin may develop heart failure.

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you use insulin.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

Some medicines and insulin may interfere with each other. These include:

  • other medicines for treatment of diabetes
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) – used to treat depression
  • non-selective beta-blockers – used to treat certain heart conditions and high blood pressure
  • alpha-blockers – used to treat high blood pressure and to relieve difficulty in passing urine caused by an enlarged prostate
  • angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors – used to treat certain heart conditions, high blood pressure or elevated protein/albumin in the urine
  • salicylates e.g. aspirin – used to relieve pain and lower fever
  • anabolic steroids – used to promote growth
  • glucocorticoids (except when applied locally) – used to treat inflammatory conditions
  • oral contraceptives (“the pill”) – used for birth control
  • thiazides, frusemide or ethacrynic acid – used to treat high blood pressure or fluid retention (oedema)
  • thyroid hormones – used to treat malfunction of the thyroid gland
  • sympathomimetics – used to treat asthma
  • sulphonamides – used to treat bacterial infections.

Or other specific medicines including:

  • danazol used to treat endometriosis, menorrhagia, fibrocystic breast disease and hereditary angioedema
  • oxymetholone – used to treat certain blood disorders
  • octreotide – used to treat gastrointestinal endocrine tumours and enlargement of parts of the body (e.g. hands, feet, head) caused by abnormal growth hormone levels
  • lanreotide – used to treat enlargement of parts of the body (e.g. hands, feet, head) caused by abnormal hormone levels
  • diazoxide – used to treat high blood pressure
  • nicotinic acid – used to treat high cholesterol levels in the blood
  • asparaginase – used to treat leukaemia and lymph gland tumours
  • quinine – used to treat malaria and relieve muscle cramps
  • quinidine – used to treat heart problems
  • growth hormone – used to treat growth disorders.

Tell your doctor about any other medicines that you are taking. This is very important. Your doctor will advise you if it is alright to keep taking them or if you should stop taking them.

Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while using this medicine.

How to use insulin

Your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist will have given you advice on how to use your medicine. Carefully follow all the directions. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

Any change in dose or type of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision. If you change the type of insulin that you use, you may have to use more or less than before. This may happen with the first dose or over a period of time.

If you do not understand the instructions, ask your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist for help.

How much to use

Your doctor or diabetes education nurse will tell you how much of this medicine you need to use.

It is very important that you manage your diabetes carefully. Too much or too little insulin can cause serious effects.

When to use it

Your doctor or diabetes education nurse will tell you when and how often to inject the insulin.

How to use it

  • You need to use U100 insulin syringes.
  • You should inject insulin under the skin (subcutaneous injection) as shown to you by your doctor or diabetes education nurse.
  • In an emergency, the insulin contained within Actrapid® 10 mL vial is suitable for intramuscular administration under medical guidance. In an emergency, the insulin contained within Actrapid® 10 mL vial is also suitable for intravenous administration, but only if administered by a physician. Discard the vial after emergency use.
  • In an emergency, the insulin contained within Protaphane® 10 mL vial is suitable for intramuscular administration under medical guidance. Discard the vial after emergency use.
  • Do not use these insulin 10 mL vials with insulin pumps.

Checking your insulin vial:

Check your vial before each preparation and injection to make sure you are using the correct type and strength of insulin.

On first use of a new vial check that the protective colour-coded, tamper-proof plastic cap is in place, and is not loose or missing. If it isn’t in perfect condition when you receive the vial, return it to your pharmacist.

Remove the protective cap.

. Disinfect the rubber membrane with a medicinal swab.

Do not use your Actrapid® 10 mL vial unless the insulin appears clear and colourless. Do not use it if the insulin appears thickened or has bits in it.

Do not use your Protaphane® 10 mL vial if the insulin is no longer a cloudy, white suspension after rolling, or if it has bits in it.

Using one insulin type

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. If you are using Protaphane® – just before use, roll the vial between your hands until the liquid is white and uniformly cloudy. Do not shake the vial.
  3. Draw air into a U100 syringe equal to the dose of insulin to be injected.
  4. Insert the needle into the vial and inject the air into the vial.
  5. Turn the vial and syringe upside down.
  6. Make sure that the tip of the needle is in the insulin and withdraw the correct insulin dose into the syringe.
  7. Then pull the needle out of the vial. Expel any air from the syringe and check that the dose is correct.
  8. If you need to put the syringe down, make sure the needle does not touch anything.

Mixing two insulin types

Only mix insulins if your doctor or diabetes education nurse has instructed you to.

Follow your doctor’s or diabetes education nurse’s instructions on whether to mix your insulins ahead of time or just before you inject. It is important to be consistent in your method.

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Roll the vial of Protaphane® (cloudy insulin) between your hands until the liquid is white and uniformly cloudy. Do not shake the vial.
  3. Draw air into the syringe equal to the dose of Protaphane® you are using. Insert the needle into the Protaphane® vial and inject the air. Withdraw the needle without drawing up any insulin.
  4. Draw air into the syringe equal to the dose of fast- or rapid-acting (clear) insulin you are using. Insert the needle into the vial of clear insulin and inject the air. Do not withdraw the needle.
  5. Turn the vial and syringe upside down.
  6. Make sure the tip of the needle is in the clear insulin and withdraw the correct dose of clear insulin into the syringe.
  7. Pull the needle out of the vial of clear insulin. Expel any air from the syringe and check that the dose is correct.
  8. Insert the needle into the vial of Protaphane®.
  9. Turn the vial and syringe upside down.
  10. Make sure the tip of the needle is in the insulin and withdraw the correct dose of Protaphane® into the syringe.
  11. Remove the needle from the vial. Expel any air from the syringe and check that the dose is correct.
  12. If you need to put the syringe down, make sure the needle does not touch anything.

Always mix the two insulins in the same order as described above.

Injecting a dose

Choose a site for injection.

Inject the medicine into the abdomen, thighs, upper arms or buttocks. Your insulin will work more quickly if you inject into the abdomen.

Change the injection site so that the same position is not used more often than once a month. This will reduce the chance of local skin reactions developing.

Pinch the skin between two fingers, push the needle into the raised skin, and inject the full dose of insulin under the skin.

Slowly count to 6 before pulling the needle out.

Apply gentle pressure over the injection site for several seconds.

Do not rub the area.

After injecting

Dispose of your insulin syringes safely into a yellow plastic sharps container.

If you are using Actrapid®, it is recommended that you eat a meal or a snack containing carbohydrate within 30 minutes of the injection.

Do not share needles and syringes.

How long to use it

Do not stop using your insulin unless your doctor tells you to.

If you use too much (overdose) – Hypoglycaemia

Your blood sugar level may become too low (you may experience hypoglycaemia or a “hypo”) if you:

  • accidentally use too much of this medicine
  • have too much or unexpected exercise
  • delay eating meals or snacks
  • eat too little food
  • are ill.

The first symptoms of mild to moderate hypos can come on suddenly. They may include:

  • cold sweat, cool pale skin
  • fatigue, drowsiness, unusual tiredness and weakness
  • nervousness, anxious feeling, tremor, rapid heart beat
  • confusion, difficulty concentrating
  • excessive hunger
  • vision changes
  • headache, nausea.

Always carry some sugary food or fruit juice with you. If you experience any of these symptoms of a hypo, immediately eat some sugary food or have a sugary drink e.g. lollies, biscuits or fruit juice.

Do not inject any insulin if you feel a hypo coming on.

Tell your relatives, friends, close workmates or carers that you have diabetes. It is important that they recognise the signs and symptoms of a hypo. Make sure they know to give you some sugary food or fruit juice for mild to moderate symptoms of a hypo.

If you lose consciousness, make sure they know:

  • to turn you on your side and get medical help immediately
  • not to give you anything to eat or drink.

This is because you could choke.

An injection of the hormone glucagon may speed up recovery from unconsciousness. This can be given by a relative, friend, workmate or carer who knows how to give it.

If glucagon is used, eat some sugary food or have a sugary drink as soon as you are conscious again.

If you do not feel better after this, contact your doctor, diabetes education nurse, or the closest hospital.

If you do not respond to glucagon treatment, you will require medical attention.

See your doctor if you keep having hypo reactions, or if you have ever become unconscious after using insulin. Your insulin dose may need to be changed.

If a severe hypo is not treated, it can cause convulsions, brain damage and even death.

If you miss a dose – Hyperglycaemia

If you forget to inject your insulin dose, test your blood sugar level as soon as possible.

If you are not sure what to do, talk to your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist.

Do not use a double dose of your insulin.

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and use your next dose when you are meant to.

Otherwise, use it as soon as you remember and then go back to using it as you would normally.

Your blood sugar levels may become high (hyperglycaemia) if you:

  • miss doses of insulin or use less insulin than you need
  • have uncontrolled diabetes
  • exercise less than usual
  • eat more carbohydrates than usual
  • are ill or stressed.

High blood sugar levels over a long period of time can lead to too much acid in the blood (diabetic ketoacidosis).

Contact your doctor immediately if your blood sugar level is high or you recognise any of the following symptoms.

Symptoms of mild to moderate hyperglycaemia include:

  • drowsy feeling
  • flushed face
  • thirst, loss of appetite
  • fruity odour on the breath
  • blurred vision
  • passing larger amounts of urine than usual
  • getting up at night more often than usual to pass urine
  • high levels of glucose and acetone in the urine.

Symptoms of severe hyperglycaemia include:

  • heavy breathing
  • fast pulse
  • nausea, vomiting
  • dehydration
  • loss of consciousness.

Severe hyperglycaemia can lead to unconsciousness and in extreme cases death if untreated.

Discuss any worries you may have about this with your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist.

While you are using insulin

Things you must do

Measure your blood sugar level regularly.

Make sure all friends, relatives, workmates or carers know that you have diabetes. If your child has diabetes it is important to tell their carers.

Keep using your insulin even if you feel well. It helps to control your condition, but does not cure it.

Tell your doctor if you often have hypos (low blood sugar levels). Your doctor may need to adjust your insulin dose.

Always carry some sugary food or fruit juice with you. If you experience any of the symptoms of a hypo, immediately eat some sugary food or have a sugary drink e.g. lollies, biscuits or fruit juice.

Tell your doctor if you have trouble recognising the symptoms of hypos. Under certain conditions, the early warning signs of hypos can be different or less obvious. Your doctor may need to adjust your insulin dose.

Make sure that you tell every doctor, dentist, pharmacist or other health care professional who is treating you that you have diabetes and are using insulin.

Tell your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist if you are travelling.

Ask them for a letter explaining why you are taking injecting devices with you. Each country you visit will need to see this letter, so you should take several copies.

You may need to inject your insulin and eat your meals at different times because of time differences in and between countries.

You may not be able to get the same type of insulin in the country you are visiting.

Your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist can provide you with some helpful information.

Things you must not do

Do not stop using your medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not use the medicine if you think it has been frozen or exposed to excessive heat. It will not work as well.

Do not refill your insulin 10 mL vial.

Do not use this medicine to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Things to be careful of

If you drive or use tools or machines, watch out for signs of a hypo. Your ability to concentrate or to react will be less during a hypo. Never drive or use machinery if you feel a hypo coming on. Discuss with your doctor whether you can drive or use machines at all, if you have a lot of hypos or if you find it hard to recognise hypos.

Tell your doctor if you drink alcohol. Alcohol may mask the symptoms of hypos.

Tell your doctor if you are ill. Illness, especially with nausea and vomiting, may cause your insulin needs to change. Even if you are not eating, you still require insulin. You and your doctor should design an insulin plan for those times when you are sick.

Tell your doctor if you are exercising more than usual. Exercise may lower your need for this medicine. Exercise may also speed up the effect of a dose of it, especially if the exercise involves the area of the injection site (e.g. the leg should not be used for injection prior to jogging or running).

Tell your doctor if your diet changes. Changes in diet may cause your insulin needs to change.

Side effects

Tell your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using insulin.

This medicine helps most people for whom it is prescribed, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.

Ask your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

The most common side effect when using insulin is low blood sugar levels (a hypo).

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

  • hypos (mild to moderate).
  • redness, swelling or itching at the injection site. Usually these symptoms disappear within a few weeks during continued use. If you have serious or continuing reactions, you may need to stop using your current insulin and use another insulin.
  • a depression or thickening of the skin around the injection site (lipodystrophy). The fatty tissue under the skin at the injection site may shrink (lipoatrophy) or thicken (lipohypertrophy). Changing the site with each injection may help to reduce the risk of developing such skin changes. If you notice your skin pitting or thickening at the injection site, tell your doctor or nurse. These reactions can become more severe, or they may change the absorption of your insulin, if you inject in such a site.
  • when you first start your insulin treatment you may get visual problems or swollen hands and feet.

This list includes the more common side effects of your medicine. They are usually mild and short-lived.

If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:

More severe symptoms of low blood sugar levels, including:

  • disorientation
  • seizures, fits or convulsions
  • loss of consciousness.

If a severe hypo is not treated, it can cause brain damage and death.

Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:

  • skin rashes over a large part of the body
  • shortness of breath, wheezing
  • swelling of the face, lips or tongue
  • fast pulse
  • sweating.

This list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are very rare.

Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.

Ask your doctor, diabetes education nurse or pharmacist to answer any questions you have.

After using insulin

Storage

Store insulin 10 mL vials that are not being used between 2°C and 8°C in the refrigerator (away from the cooling element).

Protect the insulin in the 10 mL vials from light by keeping them in their cartons when not in use.

Vials that you are using, or that you are carrying as a spare, should not be kept in a refrigerator. You can use them up to 4 weeks after taking them out of the refrigerator if kept below 25ºC. Discard the vial after 4 weeks even if there is still some insulin left in it.

Vials must not be frozen, or exposed to excessive heat or light.

Never use insulin after the expiry date printed on the label and carton after ‘Expiry.’ The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Never use Actrapid® 10 mL vials if the solution is not clear and colourless.

Never use Protaphane® 10 mL vials if the suspension does not become white and uniformly cloudy after resuspending.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Disposal

Dispose of your insulin syringes safely into a yellow plastic sharps container.

If your doctor tells you to stop using this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.

Product Description

What it looks like

Actrapid® is a clear, colourless solution for subcutaneous injection. Actrapid® 10 mL vial is a glass vial.

Protaphane® is a white, cloudy suspension for subcutaneous injection. Protaphane® 10 mL vial is a glass vial.

Ingredients

insulin (rys) is characterised by being identical to natural human insulin. The abbreviation “rys” indicates the method of genetic engineering used to manufacture the insulin.

Actrapid® is a neutral solution of insulin (rys) 100 IU/mL. Also contains: glycerol, metacresol, zinc chloride, water for injections. Hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide are used to adjust the pH.

Protaphane® is a neutral suspension of isophane insulin (rys) 100 IU/mL. Also contains: glycerol, metacresol, phenol, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, zinc chloride, protamine sulfate (a fish product), water for injections. Hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide are used to adjust the pH.

Sponsor

Insulin 10 mL vials are supplied in Australia by:

Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd
Level 3
21 Solent Circuit
Baulkham Hills NSW 2153

This leaflet was prepared on 26 September 2018.

Australian Registration Numbers:

Actrapid® 10 mL vial: AUST R 169625

Protaphane® 10 mL vial: AUST R 169637

Actrapid®, Protaphane® and NovoCare® are registered trademarks of Novo Nordisk A/S.

© 2018

Further information

For further information call the NovoCare® Customer Care Centre on 1800 668 626.

www.novonordisk.com.au

You can also get more information about diabetes and insulin from Diabetes Australia:

  • freecall helpline 1300 136 588
  • www.diabetesaustralia.com.au

Published by MIMS November 2018