Apidra Users

A group for those who use Apidra (insulin glulisine) or wish to know more about it.


Please note: the exchange, sale or giveaway of items between members that require a prescription from a licensed practitioner, including insulin, is not allowed on TuDiabetes.

We encourage you to donate supplies to non-profits such as the Charles Ray III Diabetes Association and Insulin for Life, which accept insulin and other diabetes-related supplies.

You can also approach your physician's office or local medical groups to discuss donating them to those in need of assistance in your area.

Members: 75
Latest Activity: Nov 20

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Shorter DIA for Apidra?

Started by tiaE. Last reply by JenJen777 Mar 10. 5 Replies

At my dd's endo appt in January, we met with a new CDE. She said she worked at Sanofi for 5 yrs before joining our clinic. She insisted that our DIA in the pump is set wrong. We have it at 3 hrs, but…Continue

Changing from Humalog to Apidra

Started by Dino's Mom. Last reply by TAG710 Aug 1, 2013. 7 Replies

Hi! My 21 yr son is switching from Humalog to Apidra. I would appreciate feedback-- good or bad. Also, key things he needs to understand about Apidra. Thank you!!Continue

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Recent Convert from Humalog to Apidra

Started by marty peters Mar 31, 2013. 0 Replies

I was a Hunalog user for over 11 years but just recently my endo switched me to Apidra. I must say so far the change has been postive. I was encountering high readings so the switch was made.Continue

Apidra® | 48 Hours

Started by Lorraine. Last reply by Lorraine Mar 30, 2013. 6 Replies

Hello all!I have finally written down our experience with Apidra in the pump. Caleb has been using it for over two years. We now change his sites every two days to avoid highs. It took me a while to…Continue

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Comment by Lloyd on February 28, 2014 at 5:57pm

Hello Group

I've been on Apidra 6 of the last 7 years (small break at the whim of my insurance company). It works very well for me, love the speed and no tail at all. I'm a pumper.

Comment by Herr Pumpernickel on January 12, 2013 at 12:55pm

Could just be the thigh - every set has failed so far... not enough sc fat?

Comment by jrtpup on January 12, 2013 at 10:48am

I haven't found it to 'go bad' after 48 hours in the pump. I also haven't used it during the summer yet. I do have my duration set for 2 1/2 hours, and it seems after a couple of months to be working great. I like being able to see if I messed up on dosing, and correct, sooner.

Comment by Herr Pumpernickel on January 12, 2013 at 3:18am

Have the Apidra in use - still slower and longer duration than advertised.
Also the medicine documentation states is only good for a maximum of 48 hours in vitro use in the pump due to breakdown of the preservative at warmer temps. So to make a site last 3 days, put enough insulin in for 36-48 hours, then add in another days worth when it runs out. Or just change site at 48 hrs. So unlike novo/ humalog, any remaining insulin will have to be discarded.

Comment by Herr Pumpernickel on January 8, 2013 at 9:08am


Just switched to thigh insert - give the old belly a rest. But Novo active time not fast enough, with 10-20 mmol/l (180-360 mg/dl) pp rise :(, followed by crash at the 5-8 hour mark. So switching to Apidra later this week. The swapping at 2.5 days looks a good tip, any others?
Thanks :)

Comment by Dennis on November 27, 2012 at 4:14pm

Hi Love to Try Apidra, but neither the VA Endo, nor My Medicare Endo will approve it for me

They also Won;t approve a Pump Either..
Say I have Good Sugars without them and don't need them
Ave 6% A1c's- Using Insulin Pens of Levimire and Novalog
and yes, I have to been to Other Endo's as well..
No Luck !

I would also Love to try the CGM , but just to warn me of Going Low or Going Too High.. But I understand they are not accurate enough for that purpose (yet )..

So I just test alot ..10-15x daily and over nite..

Comment by David on October 9, 2012 at 7:03pm

I use 2 1/2. Seems to work for me.

Comment by jrtpup on October 9, 2012 at 4:49pm

...and I'll have to change sets more often?

Comment by jrtpup on October 9, 2012 at 4:22pm

I could use some advice folks. Saw my endo today, and he had no problem switching me to a trial of Apidra. I'm currently pumping novolog. I have horrendous pp spikes, even if I pre-bolus, so I'm hoping the switch will moderate the spikes some. I'll start tomorrow, next set change.

My novolog is set to 3.5 hrs duration... how much should I lower it? Start with 3 hrs? 2.5?

He said my basals should stay the same... yes?

Do I still pre-bolus? How much?

Anything else I didn't ask? LOL

Thanks for any advice...

Comment by 870allamerican on February 18, 2012 at 3:00pm

I have mine set for a two hour "active insulin" on my Omnipod. It seems to work for me.


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