Any injection or infusion which is given directly into a vein. [1] The medical abbreviation for it is "IV." Insulin is given in this way when someone has a diabetic emergency, as it is the way to get the short-acting soluble insulin working at the most rapid rate. [2][3] Using insulin in this manner brings with it a high risk of hypoglycemia once blood glucose levels begin returning to normal. Careful professional monitoring is necessary; this makes it a hospital or ER procedure for both people and pets.

Cloudy insulins must never be injected intravenously.[4] The subcategories below show which insulins can be used intravenously and which cannot.


  1. Intravenous Route--Explanation & Photos. Washington State University.
  2. Gordon, Jana (2008). Insulin therapy: Past, present and future (Proceedings). DVM 360.
  3. Absorption of Neutral Insulin.
  4. Maddison, Jill E.,Page, Stephen W.,Church, David B. (2008). Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology. Saunders Ltd..


This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.


Pages in category "Intravenous use"

The following 2 pages are in this category, out of 2 total.

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