In the morning when I get up, I take 55 units of the Lantus insulin. Then I take Humalog 20 units before each meal, and then I take Humelin-R 45 units at bedtime. This seems to keep my BG at an acceptable level. If I do not take the Humelin-R 45 units at bedtime, then when I get up the next morning my BG is in the 200 to 300 range. Two boxes of the Humalog pens (for a total of ten  pens costs $223.27 with my insurance. I send money every month to the American Diabetes Association; hoping that someone is working on a cure for his horrible disease, and NOT playing games on their lab computers. The insulin pens are a Godsend. On CNBC (Comcast Cable Channel 45) they have a show called "dlife" - and it is very interesting and informative. My diabetic peripheral neuropathy pretty much has me a prisoner as I can barely walk.
Lots of interesting research to make monthly donations to, including Dr. Faustman at Mass General. The ADA isn't using your money for a cure. Personally, I wouldn't give them a cent.
Does anyone know why you can buy the Humelin-R insulin over the counter, but you need a doctor's prescription to buy the Humalog insulin pens? They are both fast-acting insulins. Just curious.
Humulin R is not fasting acting. It's an intermediate insulin. NPH, also not a rapid insulin, is available without an Rx in most places in the US. All the rapid acting insulins require prescriptions.
I have been on this for years. It is a very strong insulin and you have to be very very careful with is because of lows ..My doc took me off lantus and the sliding scale and put me on 8 units in the morning and 8 units at night, It just seems I have to check sugars more often..good luck to you