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Old 06-26-2017, 04:47 PM
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Default Humilin N vs Novalon N & Reli On (WalMart)

Hi All,

I am new to the k9diabetes forum. I have an 8 year old border collie/Australian shepherd mix who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in November. She has been on Humilin N and her regulation has been ok. She just had a gluecose curve a couple of weeks ago and she's flat in the upper 200s. The vet said the range for "normal" varies greatly for diabetic dogs and she is on the high end of normal so we upped her dose from 10u to 11u 2x/day on the Humilin N.

Anyway, our presription refills ran out, so the vet wrote out a prescription for an NPH insulin, not specifying brand, as I expressed interest in price shopping NPH insulins due to the high cost of Humilin N. In researching this switch (primarily via older posts on this website and articles that are 4 years old or older), I am beginning to question switching brands even though it may be cheaper.

Has anyone recently switched their dog from Humilin N to Novalon N? Or to Reli On (the WalMart brand)? What was your experience? Any recommendations if making the switch? I have also concord my vet for her guidance.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-26-2017, 06:07 PM
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Default Re: Humilin N vs Novalon N & Reli On (WalMart)

Welcome to the forum.

First, the Walmart ReliOn branded insulin IS Novolin-N. Just like Novolin-N from other pharmacies, but at 1/5th the cost. Walmart just adds a near microscopic "ReliOn" lable to the box.

Several years ago, the ReliOn branded insulin was Humulin-N. Guessing they give a contract to either Novo Nordisk for Novolin, or to Lily for Humulin depending on their cost.

I've made the switch from Novolin-N to Humulin-N and back to Novolin-N whenever Walmart switched their provider. I didn't see any difference in my dog.

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Old 06-26-2017, 07:14 PM
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well if price isn't really a problem than it doesnt matter what NPH you use .the 2 we have in the states seem work well but if price affects your way of life or limits care for your pup then there is no reason to struggle with paying a higher price for relatively the same type of insulin

as craig suggested my jesse switched from novolin to humulin and back to novolin with walmarts change in contracts
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Old 06-26-2017, 08:00 PM
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Maggie was on both and the differences are only very subtle probably due to what is added to it to keep it fresh. I preferred Novolin to Humulin - the vial stayed fresher longer and the insulin seemed to stay active a slight bit lower longer. But, I would have stayed on whichever insulin WalMart contracted with.
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(Sorry, I wrote before I read) I searched your site and realized the order was for Novolin..Not Humulin..I also read the commentary on Lantus use in dogs. I really liked Lantus in our cat who went into remission after switching from NPH to Lantus and has been good for over 1 year now. I found recent study claiming its use in dogs was indicated... but will follow the guidelines (for now) and use the Novolin).. Hello..I do not mean to get off topic..However, when we started the
cat" on NPH it cost 20.00 at Walmart January 1, 2016.We switched to Lantus and Elliott was in remission within 4 months. NOW, one of my dogs (diagnosed DM) will come home today and NPH is ordered to be picked up at Walmart. I looked up under Good RX and see prices over $160.00. Of course, we will comply. Does anyone use Lantus on dogs? Thanks, Fran

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Old 08-03-2017, 09:32 AM
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I'm in Canada, but that $160 seems wrong for a vial of insulin. Humulin N is $30 here, and others post prices for NPH in the states and it's cheaper than $160 I believe.
Lantus is not a good insulin because it doesn't deal with spikes after eating soon enough and because it doesn't peak and then drop off, it may be too active when the dog's food has all left his system.
I'm sure all the research done would have identified Lantus as a good choice

Lantus is usually used with a fast acting insulin. It's what I use for my diabetes.
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I looked up under Good RX and see prices over $160.00. Of course, we will comply. Does anyone use Lantus on dogs? Thanks, Fran
You want to get the Walmart store brand ReliOn Novolin for $24.88 ... their syringes are $12.58 / 100.
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Out of the many vials of insulins I've purchased at Walmart I've always been given the the $24 vial: just asked for Novolin-N. I suppose if someone argued / demanded Novolin-N without the ReliOn marking the pharmacist might special order Novolin-N without the ReliOn marking and sell it for $160ish. Guessing the Good RX discount pricing isn't appropriate for Novolin-N from Walmart

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Out of the many vials of insulins I've purchased at Walmart I've always been given the the $24 vial: just asked for Novolin-N. I suppose if someone argued / demanded Novolin-N without the ReliOn marking the pharmacist might special order Novolin-N without the ReliOn marking and sell it for $160ish. Guessing the Good RX discount pricing isn't appropriate for Novolin-N from Walmart

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The first two times that I bought the Humulin, the 100 ml vial was $160. at Walgreens and $167.00 at Walmart. That was before I found this wonderful forum and am now using Novolin and Mollie is doing as well as she was with the Humulin. Mollie only uses 3-4 units a day so trashing a more than half full vial of Humulin after 28-30 days just seemed wrong, the Novolin at $25 states that is is good for 42-45 days after it has been opened and it does not have to be refrigerated.
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Old 08-03-2017, 02:19 PM
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Ok, that makes sense, $160 for 100 ml. Most vials are 10 ml/100 unit, and would last you a few weeks.
I didn't know they made 100 ml vials.
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