I have used Humulin R insulin for 17 years now; I am a 61-year-old female. I have been without healthcare that would pay for my insulin since 2007. I have been buying the Humulin over-the-counter all of this time.
Now, the Humulin as more than quadrupled in price to $114.00 per 10ml vial. I was laid off of my job in January 2014 and have been having difficulty being able to afford my Humulin so my blood sugar was running high. When I have enough Humulin R to take I can control my BS very well and I feel well. So, I applied for Medicaid for the first time in my life.
I have a new doctor who now wants to put me on Lantus and Humalog. He thinks the Humulin is not controlling my blood sugar because my A1c was 9.9 at my first visit. The real reason the A1c was that high is because I DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO ENOUGH INSULIN FOR THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTHS. This doctor says the Humulin is old technology and he is very insistent for me to change insulins. I did not request this change in insulin.
I read a lot of comments online that people have a lot of bad side effects with Lantus and that it does not control blood sugar in some cases. I'm so confused. Should I insist on staying on Humulin? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks :)