Get your insulin easily now. A new insulin inhaler has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product has been devised by a California based company called Mannkind Corporation. A dry powder is inhaled that can control insulin levels. However, it cannot be used as a substitute to insulin injections always.
Afrezza is the drug name and the second insulin inhaler that has received an approval from FDA. Similar things have been tried by other major pharmaceutical companies earlier but they have not succeeded. It has given warnings like patients suffering from COPD and asthma could confront bronchial spasms. Initially the regulators had turned down Afrezza and asked for more clinical data regarding effectiveness and safety. The company have also been directed to do long term studies on the drug once it it is released in the market to know cardiovascular effects, its affect on children and how it works within body.
The powdered insulin is provided through a whistle-sized inhaler known as Dreamboat. It was developed after the first round of FDA. It caused delays as the agency needed more clinical studies on new inhaler. The powder when inhaled dissolves immediately. It shows reaction with 12 to 15 minutes and is out of system in an hour, compared to other short term insulin available.
Of course, the biggest advantage is that it does not require needles excepting an inhaler that resembles a whistle. It is said that the inhaler is to be discarded after 15 days to prevent any buildup inside which can clog that device. It requires no refrigeration and is kept at room temperature. You can inhale it at the start of a meal as this will help to control blood sugar levels.
Benefits of this inhaler:
It is easy to use. Place the prescribed blister that consists of powdered insulin into the device. Breathe it out, place the inhaler in your mouth and take in slowly deep breath. Thereafter breathe normally.
Dos and Don’ts
Use this at the start of a meal. Initially it can cause some cough but few sips of water can help you get rid of this problem. Regularly check your sugar level even if you are on this medication. Do not stop your follow up visits with your physician. This will help you to know whether the medicine is effective or not.
For any insulin, Hypoglycemia is the most common side effect including Afrezza. This is particularly not for those who have lung problems or are smokers. Before taking this medicine get yourself physically tested along with a pulmonary function test that will help to identify any possible lung disease. Pulmonary function test should be done at regular intervals of six months as well as yearly while you are on this medication.