FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About
AFREZZA® Inhaled Insulin
You have questions about AFREZZA; we have answers. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ). However, only your healthcare professional can help you decide if AFREZZA is right for you. Please see Important Safety Information and Full Prescribing Information, including Boxed WARNING.
What is AFREZZA®?
AFREZZA is a man-made, mealtime insulin that is breathed-in through your lungs (inhaled) and is used to control high blood sugar in adults with diabetes mellitus.
How can AFREZZA® help me manage my diabetes?
AFREZZA has been proven to help control blood sugar levels. If your diabetes medications are not giving you the control you need, adding AFREZZA can help control the blood sugar rise that occurs after you eat.
Will AFREZZA® replace my current long-acting insulin?
If you already take a long-acting insulin, your healthcare professional will tell you to continue to do so. You can add AFREZZA to treat the mealtime spike of your blood sugar.
Can I take AFREZZA® with diabetes pills?
AFREZZA can be taken with oral diabetes medicines. Be sure to tell your healthcare professional about all other medicines and supplements you are taking because they can affect the way your insulin works.
Could AFREZZA® be right for me?
AFREZZA is not for people with lung disease or who smoke or have recently quit smoking. Before prescribing, your healthcare professional will conduct a medical exam and breathing test (spirometry). Do not use AFREZZA if you are allergic to regular human insulin or any of the ingredients in AFREZZA.
It is not known if AFREZZA is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.
What is a spirometry test?
Spirometry is used to diagnose asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other conditions that affect breathing. If the test shows that you have problems with your lungs, you should not use AFREZZA.
Before prescribing AFREZZA, your healthcare professional will give you a medical exam and breathing test (spirometry).This test is used to see how well your lungs work. It measures how much air you breathe in and out and how long it takes for you to exhale completely.
Your healthcare provider should check how your lungs are working before you start using AFREZZA, 6 months after you start using it and yearly after that.
When should I inhale AFREZZA®?
AFREZZA should be inhaled at the beginning of a meal. Take AFREZZA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to. Your healthcare provider should tell you how much AFREZZA to use and when to use it. Read the detailed Instructions for Use that comes with your AFREZZA.
Is it normal to see some powder left over in my inhaler after I’ve inhaled my AFREZZA® dose?
A small amount of powder residue in the mouthpiece or cartridge is normal. This does not affect your dose.
Can I wash my AFREZZA® inhaler?
Never wash the inhaler. You can wipe the mouthpiece with a clean, dry cloth to remove moisture or lipstick.
Should I test my blood sugar while taking AFREZZA®?
Checking your blood sugar levels around mealtime, and keeping track of the levels, helps you and your healthcare professional monitor your progress over time and determine how well your treatment plan is working. Talk to your healthcare provider about what your blood sugar should be and when you should check your blood sugar levels.
Download our blood sugar log and use it to track your levels.
What should I do if I develop a cough while taking AFREZZA®?
In studies, cough was reported in about 27% of patients using AFREZZA; 2.8% of patients gave cough as a reason for stopping AFREZZA. Talk to your healthcare professional if you develop a persistent or recurring cough or breathing difficulties while taking AFREZZA.
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Is AFREZZA® covered by insurance?
AFREZZA may be covered by your insurance plan. If your doctor recommends AFREZZA for you, call your insurance provider to check whether AFREZZA is covered. You may also be able to save on your prescriptions with an AFREZZA Savings Card. Restrictions may apply.*