40 IU / ml solution for injection in a vial of
human insulin

1. What Insuman Rapid is and what it is used for

Insuman Rapid contains the active substance insulin human, which is manufactured using biotechnology and is identical to the body’s own insulin (“human insulin”).

Insuman Rapid is an insulin solution with rapid onset of action and a short duration of action.

Insuman Rapid is used to reduce high blood sugar in patients with diabetes mellitus who need insulin treatment. Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body does not produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. Insuman Rapid can also be used to treat hyperglycemic coma ( coma caused by high blood sugar) and ketoacidosis (development of acid in the blood because the body breaks down fat instead of sugar), as well as to control blood sugar before, during, and after surgery.

2. What you need to know before you use Insuman Rapid

Do not use Insuman Rapid

If you are allergic to insulin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).

Warnings and cautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse before using Insuman Rapid.

Be sure to follow the dosing instructions and instructions for control (of blood and urine), diet, and physical activities (physical work and exercise) as discussed with your doctor.

If you are allergic to this medicine or to insulin of animal origin, talk to your doctor.

Special patient groups

If you have problems with your liver or kidneys or if you are older, talk to your doctor as you may need a lower insulin dose.

Skin changes at the injection site

To prevent skin changes, e.g. nodules under the skin, you should constantly change the injection site. It may be that insulin et not work as well if you inject in an area of nodules (see How to use Insuman Rapid). Contact your doctor before changing the injection site if you are currently injecting in an area with lumps. Your doctor may advise you to check your blood sugar more often and to adjust your insulin dose or the dose of other diabetes medicines.


Consult your doctor before setting out on a journey. You may need to raise questions about

the availability of your insulin in the country you are visiting,

  • the availability of insulin , syringes, etc.,
  • the storage of insulin during the journey,
  • times for meals and insulin use during the trip,
  • possible consequences of travel to other time zones,
  • any new health risks in the countries you visit,
  • what to do in emergencies when you feel bad or when you get sick.

Diseases and injuries

In the following situations, the management of your diabetes may require extra care:

  • If you are ill or have a serious accident, your blood sugar level may increase ( hyperglycaemia ).
  • If you do not eat enough, your blood sugar level may become too low ( hypoglycaemia ).

In most cases, you will need medical attention. Contact a doctor at an early stage.

If you have type 1 diabetes (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus ), you should not stop taking insulin and you should continue to add enough carbohydrates. Always tell those who see you or treat you that you need insulin.

Some patients with long-term type 2 diabetes mellitus and heart disease or previous stroke, treated with pioglitazone and insulin, developed heart failure. Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you get signs of heart failure such as increased shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, or local swelling ( edema ).

Other medicines and Insuman Rapid

Some medicines affect your blood sugar level (lowering, increasing, or decreasing depending on the circumstances). In either case, it may be necessary to adjust your insulin dose to avoid blood sugar levels that are either too low or too high. Keep this in mind when you start or stop taking another medicine.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken, or might take any other medicines. Before taking any medicine, consult your doctor if it may affect your blood sugar level and if so, what to do next.

Drugs that can lower blood sugar (hypoglycemia) include: 

  • all other medicines used to treat diabetes,
  • ACE inhibitors , (used to treat certain heart conditions or high blood pressure ),
  • disopyramide , (used to treat certain heart diseases),
  • fluoxetine (used to treat depression),
  • fibrates, (used to lower high levels of blood fats),
  • MAO inhibitors (used to treat depression),
  • pentoxifylline, propoxyphene, salicylates (such as acetylsalicylic acid , used as painkillers and antipyretics),
  • sulfonamide antibiotics.

Drugs that can increase blood sugar levels ( hyperglycemia ) include: 

  • corticosteroids (such as ‘cortisone’, used to treat inflammation ),
  • danazol (medicines used to treat ovulation),
  • diazoxide (used to treat high blood pressure ),
  • diuretics (used to treat high blood pressure or if you have accumulated too much fluid),
  • glucagon (pancreatic hormone used to treat severe hypoglycaemia ),
  • isoniazid (used to treat tuberculosis ),
  • estrogens and progestogens (such as birth control pills used for birth control),
  • phentiazine derivatives (used to treat mental illness),
  • somatropin ( growth hormone ),
  • sympathomimetics (such as epinephrine [adrenaline], salbutamol , terbutaline used to treat asthma ),
  • thyroid hormones (used to treat hypothyroidism),
  • protease inhibitors (used to treat HIV ),
  • atypical antipsychotic drugs (eg olanzapine and clozapine).

Blood sugar levels can sometimes increase and sometimes decrease if you use:

  • beta-blockers (used to treat high blood pressure ),
  • clonidine (used to treat high blood pressure ),
  • lithium salts (used to treat mental illness).

Pentamidine (used to treat certain parasitic infectious diseases) can cause hypoglycemia which can sometimes be followed by hyperglycemia.

In addition, beta-blockers, as well as other sympatholytic drugs (such as clonidine, guanethidine, and reserpine), may weaken or completely suppress the initial warning signs that help you recognize hypoglycemia.

If you are not sure if you are taking any of these medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Insuman Rapid with alcohol

Your blood sugar levels can either increase or decrease if you drink alcohol.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

Tell your doctor if you intend to become pregnant or if you are already pregnant. The insulin dose may need to be adjusted during pregnancy and after delivery. For the sake of the child, it is especially important that your diabetes is monitored and that hypoglycemia is prevented. However, there is no experience with the use of Insuman Rapid in pregnant women.

If you are breastfeeding, your insulin dose and diet may need to be adjusted, so consult your doctor.

Driving and using machines

Your ability to concentrate and react may deteriorate if:

  • you get hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels),
  • you get hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar levels),
  • you have vision problems.

Always remember the risk of this in all situations where you may expose yourself and others to danger (such as driving or using machines). Contact your doctor for advice on driving if:

  • you often have episodes of hypoglycaemia ,
  • the first warning signs that make you recognize hypoglycaemia are weakened or absent.

Important information about some of the ingredients of Insuman Rapid

This medicine contains less than 1 mmol (23 mg) sodium per dose, ie essentially ‘sodium-free.

3. How to use Insuman Rapid


Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure.

Depending on your lifestyle and the results of your blood glucose ( glucose ) test, your doctor will

  • determine how much Insuman Rapid per day you will need,
  • tell you when to check your blood sugar level and if you need to take a urine sample,
  • tell you when you may need to increase or decrease the dose of Insuman Rapid.

There are many factors that can affect blood sugar levels. You need to know these factors so that you can react correctly when your blood sugar level changes and to prevent the level from becoming too high or too low. See the box at the end of the package leaflet for further information.

Time of administration

Insuman Rapid is injected under the skin 15-20 minutes before a meal.

Method of administration

Insuman Rapid is a solution for injection under the skin, exceptionally in a vein (blood vessel).

Your doctor will show you in which area of ​​the skin insulin et should be injected. Change the injection site each time in the area of ​​the skin that you use for injection.

Insulin administration into a vein, for example, to treat severe hyperglycemia and ketoacidosis, requires experience and special safety precautions. Due to this, it should be done in a hospital.

Do not use Insuman Rapid in insulin pumps – special insulin preparations are available for these aids. Also, do not use peristaltic pumps with silicone tubing.

Handling of vials

Insuman Rapid contains 40 IU insulin per ml. Only syringes designed for this insulin concentration (40 IU / ml) may be used. The syringes must not contain any other medicines or traces of medicines (such as traces of heparin ).

Before withdrawing insulin from the vial for the first time, you must remove the seal.

Insuman Rapid should only be used if the solution is clear, colorless, without visible solid particles, and has a water-like consistency.

Do not shake the vial vigorously as this may damage the insulin and cause foaming. Foam can make it difficult to measure a correct dose.

Special precautions before injection

Remove any air bubbles before injecting one. Make sure that neither alcohol nor other disinfectants or other substances contaminate the insulin. Do not mix insulin with other medicinal products except human insulin preparations as described below.

Insuman Rapid can be mixed with all human insulin preparations, EXCEPT those specifically designed for use in insulin pumps. It must also NOT be mixed with animal insulins or insulin analogs.

Your doctor will tell you if you need to mix human insulins. If a mixture needs to be injected, Insuman Rapid should be withdrawn into the syringe before the second insulin. Inject as soon as you have mixed them. Do not mix insulin with different strengths (eg 100 IUml and 40 IU / ml).

If you take more Insuman Rapid than you should

  • If you have injected too much Insuman Rapid , your blood sugar level may become too low ( hypoglycaemia ). Check your blood sugar often. To avoid hypoglycaemia , you usually need to eat more food and control your blood sugar. For information on the treatment of hypoglycaemia , see the box at the end of the package leaflet.

If you forget to take Insuman Rapid

  • If you have missed a dose of Insuman Rapid or have not  injected enough insulin , your blood sugar level may become too high ( hyperglycaemia ). Check your blood sugar often. For information on treating hyperglycaemia , see the box at the end of this leaflet.
  • Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose .

If you stop using Insuman Rapid

This can lead to severe hyperglycemia (very high blood sugar) and ketoacidosis

(development of acid in the blood because the body breaks down fat instead of sugar). Do not stop taking Insuman Rapid without consulting a doctor who will tell you what needs to be done.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse.

Insulin confusions

You must always check the insulin label before each injection to avoid confusing Insuman Rapid with other insulins.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The most serious side effects are

Less common side effects are (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

  • Severe allergic reaction with low blood pressure ( shock )

Adverse reactions reported with unknown frequency (cannot be calculated from the available data)

  • The most common side effect is hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) .

Severe hypoglycemia can cause a heart attack or brain damage and can be life-threatening. For more information on the side effects of low blood sugar or high blood sugar, see the box at the end of this leaflet.

  • Severe allergic reactions to insulin may occur and these may be life threatening.

Such reactions to insulin or to excipients can cause extensive skin reactions (rash and itching all over the body), severe swelling of the skin or mucous membranes ( angioedema ), shortness of breath, drop in blood pressure with high heart rate, and sweating.

Other side effects are

Side effects are reported as common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

  • Edema

Insulin treatment can also cause temporary storage of water in the body, with swelling in the calves and ankles.

  • Injection site reactions

Side effects are reported as uncommon

  • Hives at the injection site (rash with itching )

Adverse reactions have been reported with unknown frequency

  • Sodium retention
  • Eye reactions

A marked change (improvement or deterioration) in blood sugar control may temporarily interfere with vision. If you have proliferative retinopathy (an eye disease associated with diabetes ), severe hypoglycaemic attacks can cause temporary loss of vision.

  • Skin changes at the injection site

If you inject insulin too often in the same place in the skin, the adipose tissue in this place under the skin may shrink (lipoatrophy) or thicken (lipohypertrophy). Nodules under the skin can also be caused by the accumulation of a protein called amyloid ( cutaneous amyloidosis). It may be that insulin et not work as well if you inject in an area with nodules. Change the injection site for each injection to prevent these skin changes 

  • Skin and allergic reactions

Other mild injection site reactions (such as redness, unusually intense injection site pain, itching, swelling, and inflammation at the injection site) are rare. These reactions may also occur around the injection site. Most less severe insulin reactions usually last from a few days to a few weeks.

  • Antibody is against insulin

Insulin treatment may cause the formation of antibodies to insulin (substances that react with insulin ). However, it is very rare that it becomes necessary to change the insulin dosage.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse. This also applies to any side effects not mentioned in this information. You can also report side effects directly to the Medical Products Agency, By reporting side effects, you can help increase drug safety information.

5. How to store Insuman Rapid

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and vial label after “EXP”.

The expiration date is the last day of the specified month.

Unopened vials

Store in a refrigerator (2  ° C – 8  ° C). Do not freeze. Do not place Insuman Rapid near the freezer compartment or cooling lamp.

Keep the vial in the outer carton. Sensitive to light.

Opened vials

The vial currently in use can be stored for a maximum of 4 weeks at a maximum of 25 ° C in the outer carton protected from direct heat (eg next to an element) or direct light (direct sunlight or next to a lamp). Do not use the vial after this time. It is recommended that the date of first use be noted on the label.

The medicine should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask the pharmacy staff how to dispose of used items. These measures will help to protect the environment.


Content declaration

  • The active substance is human insulin. One ml solution of Insuman Rapid contains 40 IU (International Units) of the active substance insulin human.
  • The other ingredients are: metacresol, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, glycerol , sodium hydroxide (see section 2 under “Important information about some of the ingredients of Insuman Rapid”), hydrochloric acid (for pH adjustment) and water for injections.

What the medicine looks like and contents of the pack

Insuman Rapid is a clear and colorless solution for injection without visible solid particles and with a water-like consistency.

Insuman Rapid is supplied in vials containing 10 ml solution (400 IU). Packs of 1 and 5 10 ml vials are available. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorization Holder and Manufacturer

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH

D-65926 Frankfurt am Main


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Muhammad Nadeem

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