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Insulin aspart is used to treat type 1 diabetes (wherein the body because of lack of insulin production cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) and type 2 diabetes (wherein body due to its inability to use insulin normally cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood).

How it works

Insulin aspart belongs to the class of medications called insulin. It aids the body in replacing normally produced insulin thus lowering blood glucose and helping in the treatment of diabetes.

Common side effects

Altered blood lipids, Altered heart rate, Constipation, Fat accumulation, Weight gain, Increased appetite, Injection site bruise, Injection site irritation, Muscle cramp, Skin redness, Abnormal sensation in skin


Expert advice

  • Take insulin aspart immediately before a meal (within 5-10 minutes) or soon after start of the meal.
  • You will be closely monitored for blood glucose and potassium levels to avoid hypoglycaemia and hypokalaemia while receiving insulin aspart intravenously.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any heart, kidney, liver, and nerve problem and problem of the hormonal glands like adrenal, pituitary and thyroid.
  • Tell your doctor if you use 3 or more insulin injections per day, if you are fasting, are on low salt diet, have high blood sodium levels, low blood potassium levels, or you exercise.
  • Do not consume alcohol when on treatment with insulin aspart, as it may increase the risk of developing high or low blood sugar.
  • Do not drive or use any machinery after taking insulin aspart as it may cause dizziness. 
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to insulin aspart or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take in low blood sugar.

Frequently asked questions

insulin Aspart

Q. What is insulin apart protamine?
Insulin aspart protamine is a combination of an intermediate-acting and a fast-acting form of the hormone insulin.
Q. What is insulin apart 70/30?
Insulin apart 70/30 is a human insulin analogue containing 70% insulin aspart protamine crystal and 30% soluble insulin aspart. It is a blood sugar lowering agent with rapid onset and an intermediate duration of action. 
Q. Does novolog insulin cause weight gain?
Weight gain has been observed with insulin therapy.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)