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Insulins are used to lower blood sugar levels to treat diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2 by stopping the liver from producing more sugar.

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Prices for Popular Insulins

Popularity Brand Name (Generic Name) GoodRx Fair Price Price Trend
Lantus
385
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Lantus (insulin glargine) is an expensive, long-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It is more popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Humalog
471
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Humalog (insulin lispro) is an expensive, short-acting type of insulin. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It is slightly more popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.
Novolog
471
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Novolog (insulin aspart) is a short-acting insulin used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It is generally used with a long-acting insulin to help control blood sugar levels. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Levemir
412
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Levemir (insulin detemir) is a long-acting insulin analogue that replaces or supplements the insulin made by the body. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Humulin N
421
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Humulin N (insulin human) is an intermediate-acting insulin used to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It has a quicker onset and longer duration than Humulin R. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Toujeo
350
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INSULIN GLARGINE is a human-made form of insulin. This drug lowers the amount of sugar in your blood. It is a long-acting insulin that is usually given once a day.
Humulin R
136
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Humulin R (insulin human) is a short-acting insulin used to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Novolog 70/30
498
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Novolog 70/30 (insulin aspart) is a mix of long- and short-acting insulins used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It replaces or supplements the insulin made by the body to help control blood sugar levels, and the mix allows twice-daily dosing with a faster effect. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Humulin 70/30
423
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Humulin 70/30 (insulin human) is a mix of long- and short-acting insulins used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It replaces or supplements the insulin made by the body to help control blood sugar levels, and the mix allows twice-daily dosing with a faster effect. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Novolin 70/30
142
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Novolin 70/30 (human insulin) is a mix of long- and short-acting insulins used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It replaces or supplements the insulin made by the body to help control blood sugar levels, and the mix allows twice-daily dosing with a faster effect. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Humalog 75/25
471
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Humalog 75/25 (insulin lispro) is a mix of long- and short-acting insulins used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It replaces or supplements the insulin made by the body to help control blood sugar levels, and the mix allows twice-daily dosing with a faster effect. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Novolin N
142
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Novolin N (human insulin) is an intermediate-acting insulin used to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It has a quicker onset and longer duration than Novolin R. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Novolin R
140
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Novolin R (human insulin) is a short-acting insulin used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It is generally used with a long-acting insulin to help control blood sugar levels. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Apidra
468
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Apidra (insulin glulisine) is a fast-acting insulin analogue that replaces or supplements the insulin made by the body. Insulin helps to control blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Tresiba
546
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INSULIN DEGLUDEC is a human-made form of insulin. This drug lowers the amount of sugar in your blood. It is a long-acting insulin that is usually given once a day.
Humalog 50/50
929
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Humalog 50/50 (insulin lispro) is a mix of long- and short-acting insulins used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. It replaces or supplements the insulin made by the body to help control blood sugar levels, and the mix allows twice-daily dosing with a faster effect. There are currently no generic alternatives for any insulin brand, since insulin is considered a biological drug, but less expensive biosimilar versions may be available in the future.
Afrezza
293
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INSULIN is a human-made form of insulin. This medicine lowers the amount of sugar in your blood. It is a short-acting insulin that starts working about 15 minutes after it is inhaled.
Ryzodeg
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Basaglar
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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