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Correction Insulin (5923)

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Correction Insulin

Correction insulin is meant to “correct” or
lower high blood sugars before meals. It is
often given in addition to the usual dose
that you take to cover your meal. Some
people also take it if blood sugars are high at

Types of Correction Insulin
Short-acting or rapid-acting insulin can be
used. Examples include:
ξ Regular
ξ Novolog® (aspart)
ξ Humalog® (lispro)
ξ Apidra® (glulisine)

My Insulin Type: ______________

Key Points
ξ Do not eat less food because of the high
blood sugar. This can put you at risk for
low blood sugars.

ξ Do not take correction insulin more
often than every 4-6 hours unless you
have been told to do so.

ξ If you need to use correction insulin
daily, for three or more days in a row,
call your health care team. Your usual
doses may need to be changed.

ξ Exercise will likely lower your blood
sugars. You may not need correction
insulin at the meal before or after you
exercise. Discuss this with your health
care team.
My doses as of this date __________ are:

Your blood sugar before lunch is 285 mg/dl.
Your usual dose is _____ units.
Your correction dose is _____ units.
Total Dose = _______

The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #6944.
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any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This is not
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needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using this information. If
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Before Meals
If Blood Glucose is:
Add this much
extra insulin:
Less than 150 mg/dL

No extra insulin
151 - 200 units
201 - 250 units
251 - 300 units
301 - 350 units
351 - 400 units
Before Bedtime
If Blood Glucose is:
Add this much
extra insulin:
Less than 200 mg/dL No extra insulin
201 - 250 units
251 - 300 units
301 – 350 units
351 - 400 units
More than 400 units