Anyone using Apidra?

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   Posted 5/4/2006 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm excited to try this relatively new fast-acting insulin and wondered if anyone here is using it.  I picked up the cartridges today but the doctor's office forgot to give me the opti-click pen (only avail from the doctor according to the pharmacist) so now I have to wait until next week.  Apidra peaks in 55 minutes (range is 34-91) and you can use it even 20 minutes after a meal to get the bolus I was needing to get from Novolog 30 minutes prior to every meal or snack.  So...I'm hoping this really tweaks my control.  Anyone have experience with it?
Type 1 for over 40 years

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   Posted 5/5/2006 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds wonderful... Did you do a websearch for it? My search turned up some basic info from the drug company itself and had similar stuff. Looks like the only problem is hypoglycemia and that you have to tell your doc about herbs and what else you are taking.

I can see where the Novolog would make you bonkers... I was on an oral med that had to be taken 30 minutes prior to a meal and it was a huge hassle, especially when traveling or if I was preparing a large family meal. Very difficult to schedule eating times when doing those things.

Good luck with it!
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   Posted 5/17/2006 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I've been using Apidra for one week and it's amazing. It's starts and peaks much faster than Novolog or Humalog. The OptiClik pen (which is the only delivery device for Apidra insulin thus far) is a pain in the --- compared to the prefilled Novolog FlexPen (they over-engineered the OptiClik -- it's bulky, more complicated than it needs to be, and weighs twice as much as the FlexPen), but it's worth the effort because the Apidra makes the bolus so much more effective. Today I took it 15 minutes after a meal and didn't go over my post-meal target an hour later. Major improvement in the bolus regimen IMO. I haven't had a reaction yet, so I'm reserving total judgement until I can get a better feel for crashes. I wouldn't trade Novolog for the old Regular for lots of reasons, not just how fast it works. Apidra is fast on the uptake for sure -- but I want to see how it handles around the curves and how fast the downhill is.
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