Can you get an Apidra Prescription Online?
Apidra is the brand name of the drug insulin glulisine. It is a short acting insulin used to treat those living with diabetes. It is taken through injection before meal times to control your blood sugar levels. With PlushCare, you can have a consultation with a doctor over the phone or on video chat to ask about Apidra. Making an appointment is easy, just click here.
What is Apidra?
Taken by injection into the skin, Apidra is a drug used to control blood sugar levels for people with diabetes. It is taken shortly before meals to control influxes of glucose and can be used in combination with other long acting insulin to provide a complete treatment plan, along with healthy diet and exersise.
How does Apidra work?
Those living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have difficulty controlling their blood sugar levels. For many potential reasons, the insulin produced naturally by the body does not adequately absorb enough glucose from the bloodstream. This is dangerous to your health, and may require medication to combat.
Apidra is a short acting insulin used to lower your blood sugar levels during meal times. When you eat, your body takes in glucose from your food. This leads to an increase in blood sugar levels that can be controlled by insulin, which promotes the use of glucose by your tissues and organs. Apidra replicates the function of your body’s own natural insulin.
Apidra dosage and treatment
The use of Apidra is largely up to the patient, however you should always follow your doctor’s advice and dosage recommendations. Typically, Apidra is taken three times a day before big meals. It is fast acting insulin, which means it can be taken close to 15 or 20 minutes before a meal.
Different physical factors may change your individualized dosage plan. Things such as weight, age, diet, lifestyle and medications will all influence what your doctor determines to be the right dosage plan.
Apidra is administered by subcontaneous injection into the abdominal wall, gluteal region, upper arm, or thigh. To make injection safe and easy, you may find it helpful to pinch a fold of your skin so as to avoid injection into a muscle. Keep in mind the duration and effectiveness of each dose may vary slightly based on injection site, dose, blood flow, and temperature.
Benefits of Apidra
Diabetes is a condition that affects tens of millions of Americans. There are countless drugs available, and it’s important to educate yourself about a variety of options. Although Apidra can not cure diabetes, it can help you control it.
Diabetes poses several dangerous health complications. It can damage your heart and blood vessels, and increase your risk of kidney failure. In extreme cases, diabetes can even lead to blindness. That’s why drugs like Apidra exist to slow the progression of the disease and lower your risk of these consequences.
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Side Effects of Apidra
Seek medical attention immediately if you begin to display signs of an allergic reaction to Apidra. These include,
- severe redness or swelling where an injection was given
- itchy skin rash over the entire body
- trouble breathing
- fast heartbeats
- feeling like you might pass out
- swelling in your tongue or throat
Call your doctor if you experience fluid retention or low potassium levels which can lead to,
- weight gain
- swelling in your hands or feet
- feeling short of breath
- leg cramps
- irregular heartbeats
- fluttering in your chest
- increased thirst or urination
- numbness or tingling
- muscle weakness
- limp feeling
Considerations and precautions of Apidra
It is necessary to consider the risks of medications before taking them, however the best way to know Apidra is safe for you is to ask a doctor. That’s why PlushCare makes it simple for you set a remote appointment and get the right prescription today.
As with all medication there is a possibility that Apidra may interact with other drugs you are taking. Always tell your doctor all medications, supplements and vitamins you are taking, especially:
- oral antidiabetic products
- ACE inhibitors
- monoamine oxidase inhibitors
- somatostatin analogs
- sulfonamide antibiotics
- sympathomimetic agents (e.g., epinephrine, albuterol, terbutaline)
- phenothiazine derivatives
- thyroid hormones
- progestogens (e.g., in oral contraceptives)
- protease inhibitors
- atypical antipsychotics.
Beta-blockers, clonidine, lithium salts, and alcohol can all influence the effect of Apidra as well.
Who should not take Apidra?
Do not take Apidra if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Tell your doctor before taking Apidra if you,
- Have current or past kidney problems
- Have current or past liver problems
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Drink heavily
Can you buy Apidra online?
Not without the prescription of a doctor. With PlushCare, consulting a medical professional is simple. Just click here to set an appointment and talk to one of our trusted doctors over the phone or on video chat and ask about Apidra. If the doctor finds that Apidra can help you, they will electronically send a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice.
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