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Insulins are categorized first by length of action, then by origin and by suspension. The four durations are: [1]

Rapid acting Rapid-acting or Fast-acting insulin begins to work shortly after injection, peaks in about 1 hour, and continues to work for 2 to 4 hours.
Short acting Regular or Short-acting insulin reaches the bloodstream 30 minutes to an hour after injection, peaks anywhere from 2 to 3 hours after injection, and is effective for approximately 6-8 hours.
Intermediate acting Intermediate-acting insulin generally reaches the bloodstream about 1-2 hours after injection, and is effective for about 8 to 12 hours.
Long acting Long-acting insulin generally reaches the bloodstream about 2 to 4 hours after injection, peaks 4 to 8 hours later and is effective for about 12 to 18 hours.


ReferencesEdit

  1. Insulin Therapy. RxEd.org.

More InformationEdit

Human Activity Profiles Various Insulins

See action profiles of common insulins in humans here

The article Insulin has more details.

The following insulins have articles of their own:

Subcategories

This category has the following 53 subcategories, out of 53 total.

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