Intranasal insulin: the effects of three dose regimens on postprandial glycaemic profiles in type II diabetic subjects

Diabet Med. 1995 Mar;12(3):235-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.1995.tb00464.x.


In both fasting normal and diabetic subjects, nasally administered insulin achieves significant falls in plasma glucose concentrations. Repeated administration before and during a meal has been necessary to lower postprandial glycaemic excursion in subjects with NIDDM. We have studied the use of Novolin Nasal which employs a non-irritant, lecithin-based enhancer as a vehicle for human insulin, on postprandial glucose profiles in NIDDM subjects to determine efficacy, optimal dose frequency, and tolerability. Seventeen NIDDM subjects (15 men, 2 women) participated in a randomized, partially blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of three active treatment regimens (nasal insulin, 120 U at 0 min, 60 U at 0 and +20 min or 120 U at +20 min) in relation to a standardized mixed meal given at 0 min. All active treatments significantly reduced postprandial glucose concentrations compared to placebo. Intranasal insulin given at 0 min at a dose of 60 U or 120 U resulted in a 50% reduction in postprandial incremental glucose compared to placebo over the first 2 h, whereas treatment with 60 U both at 0 and 20 min lead to a 70% reduction over the 240 min postprandial period. Post-prandial intravenous insulin was the least effective. There were no episodes of symptomatic hypoglycaemia. Local tolerability was excellent with only four reports of transient nasal irritation out of a total of 68 doses. The delivery device was accurate with intra-device CV of delivered dose of 4.8%.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Intranasal
  • Blood Glucose / drug effects
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Cross-Over Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy*
  • Eating
  • Fasting
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Insulin / administration & dosage*
  • Insulin / pharmacokinetics
  • Insulin / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Placebos
  • Reference Values
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Time Factors


  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin
  • Placebos