I took adavantage of the free bottle of Apidra offer but, after reading some comments on the web, I'm not sure I want to make the switch completely. According to the comments it can play hell with your basal rates if your not careful, but is apparently great for fast bolus absorption. That's originally why I wanted to try it.
After having read those comments I'm now thinking that maybe I'll just use it for correction boluses taken by syringe. This would, of course, mean mixing humalog and Apidra. Is anyone doing that or have you done it? If so, what was your expeience?
I have never done that or heard of anyone specifically doing that scenario; but I did hear Gary Schriner (?) talk about insulin cocktails/ designer insulin doses... where someone would take 3-4 kinds of insulin through out the day based on the meal and what their sugars were doing...
Thanks, Emily. "Insulin cocktails." Love it!
I currently use Novolog, but used Apidra for over six months in my Medtronic Paradigm Revel 723. For me Apidra response was outstanding for both Bolus and Basal infusion, fast onset and clear 4 hour duration.
My Type 1 is genetically "brittle", subject to both spikes and occasional drops regardless of activity or carbohydrate intake. Apidra active onset for me was 10 to 15 minutes with a duration of 3.75 to 4 hours, and it moderated the BG swings.
I am using Novolog because it is the only quick acting insulin covered by my Medicare/Medicare/Advantage HMO. Apidra is quite expensive. I used it in a private clinical study with my physician providing no-cost professional samples. When the trial ended I returned to Novolog because of the cost since Novolog has only a $45 monthly co-pay for two vials.
Of course, Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) with anything to do with Diabetes. Discuss Humalog vs. Apidra with your physician or Diabetologist/Endocrinologist, then make a joint decision. Perhaps your medical provider can offer professional samples for a personal test.
Type 1 42+ years, Pump 2 years, few or no complications.