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In addition to adding greater convenience and flexibility to daily injection regimens, it now appears that lispro insulin is beneficial for those who experience insulin allergies and other similar reactions.
In a study published in September's Diabetes Care, Dinesh Kumar, MD, reports a case study of a woman who, following an allergic reaction to human insulin, responded favorably to lispro.
The patient's allergy, severe enough to cause hives, a rash and difficulty breathing, is considered rare. After trying different options Kumar found that the patient was also allergic to pork regular, human regular and NPH insulins. Lispro caused a reaction that was 40 to 60 percent less severe than the reaction to human regular insulin, and over time, the reaction diminished even more. Lispro was associated with a reduction in the daily insulin dose as well.
After 45 weeks of lispro therapy, no allergic reaction to any insulin preparation was observed in the patient and she has been using lispro for the last year and a half without adverse effects.
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