I lived in Guatemala for two years and there the fast acting insulin that was available seemed to always be Apidra. You might just have to check with the pharmacies and see which fast acting they have. Large cities always have better supplies than smaller towns, and some may be able to be order for you what you need. But you might have to be flexible about which fast acting you use.
Thanks Zoe... I hope to move to Cuernavaca in about 2 years. I will have to explore there or in nearby Mexico City. I will also have to research the other fast acting insulins as I am only familiar with Humalog.
How exciting, Alonzo! Yes, since you have time, that's what I would do is check out availability at your next visit. I don't know your situation, but I think it's always good if you're moving to another country to spend as much time there before your permanent move so you can get an idea of what it's like to actually live there, not just visit. That's even more important for those of us with D!
The three different rapid acting insulins are really not greatly different from each other, though some people seem to do better on one than the other. I was put on Apidra when I started insulin because that's what was commonly used in Guatemala where I lived at that time. But I have stayed with it on return. It's actually a tad faster than the other 2 with a shorter tail, which I think makes it easier to predict action.
I had never heard of Apidra, but your description sounds good. It sounds like it should work well with Lantus.
I actually live in Ensenada, Mexico now. It is an OK city and the climate is great but it is very dirty and the people are not very friendly. It is probably because it is a tourist city and the people are tired of Americans.
Thanks for your help.
Actually, I lived in Mexico for a little while many moons ago (1972!) in a town called Cholula in the state of Puebla. When I started going to Guatemala it reminded me of Mexico 30 years ago. The big change I've seen in Mexico over the years is that pretty much everywhere people are tired of Americans! Unfortunately your typical American tourist give us all a bad name! But Mexico still has a major place in my heart and the food is so much better than Guatemala it's not even worth mentioning..lol. I can't afford to travel nearly as much as I'd like so I'll have to see if I can combine a trip to Mexico with my trip to Guatemala I plan for summer.
Any of the three fast acting insulins (apidra, humalog and novalog) work with either of the two long-acting ones (Lantus and Levemir). I actually use Apidra in my pump so I don't use long acting anymore.