HUMULIN N (HUMAN NPH INSULIN) BY LILLY: RESULTS, DOSAGES AND SIDE EFFECTS
Humulin N (NPH) is an injectable drug manufactured by Eli Lilly and containing Insulin Human Recombinant, a product which has a wide use in medicine, especially for glucose control in patients with diabetes. It was originally developed in the late 70’s and nowadays it is an intermediate-acting insulin product that is working more slowly and lasts longer than regular insulin. Humulin N is produced by combining a manufactured insulin (that is identical to human insulin) with certain chemicals to make it last longer. NPH stands for Neutral Protamine Hagedorn. Humulin N NPH comes in boxes, each unit containing 5 cartridges x 3 mL (100 IU/mL).
For bodybuilders and athletes Insulin is the most anabolic hormone. On the other hand it’s also one of the most dangerous and should be administrated in a strict diet with a correct dosage. Humulin N NPH is important for several functions, such as controlling blood sugar. Insulin helps the human body cells by removing the sugar from the bloodstream. This sugar fuels the body’s cells, giving them the energy to work properly. Another important effect of Humulin is the regulation of glycogen metabolism. By also having anabolic functions, this drug induces transportation of glycogen and amino acids within muscular and other tissues. Humulin N also has the capacity increase protein anabolism.
Humulin NPH (Insulin) reaches its highest effectiveness at reducing blood glucose 2-8 hours after application of the product. As it is known, it keeps acting approximately 20 hours. If this product is injected without any others, it has to be taken 1-2 times a day. For bodybuilders and athletes it is very important to start administrating it in lower doses and then increasing it gradually. Humulin N is often combined with rapid-acting or short-acting insulin to help control the blood sugar levels after the meals.
An example of correct dosage would be day 1: 5 IU’s post workout, day 2: 6 IU’s post workout, day 3: 7 IU’s post workout and so one with an increase of dosage up to 10 IU in the morning and 10 IU post workout in the day 8 -10. This increase in dosage should be made only by advanced bodybuilders and with extreme care as it can lead to fatal consequences.
One of the main side effects of Humulin N is the probability of blood sugar from getting too low, causing hypoglycemia. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, nausea, hunger, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, or trouble concentrating. Other side effects are symptoms of an allergic reaction like rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. However this is a very dangerous compound and at signs of any negative effects or at the wish to increase the dosage people should consult the physician.