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One-time visit with a physician for diagnosis, treatment, Rx, labs, referrals, and doctor’s notes.
Copay or $129 without insurance.
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Having a visit does not guarantee a medication will be ordered or refilled. It is clinicians’ professional decision. It is prohibited by law to prescribe or refill controlled substances via virtual visits. Your provider may recommend follow-up care, including additional services that may not be included in visit price.

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Insulin is a hormone that we produce naturally in our bodies that allows cells in the body to uptake sugar (glucose) and convert it into a method that our bodies can use for energy. Insulin is made in our pancreas, a gland behind the stomach, and is processed by our body breaking down a meal or a snack in our digestive tract and turning the carbohydrates into glucose, which is absorbed by the bloodstream through the small intestine lining.

Once the glucose is in your bloodstream, the insulin will signal the cells throughout the body to absorb the sugar, which turns it into energy. People who have diabetes have little to no natural insulin release and synthetic insulin is used to replace the missing insulin in people with type 1 diabetes or pregnant women with gestational diabetes.

What is Insulin Prescribed For?

Insulin is predominantly prescribed for women with gestational diabetes or those with type 1 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes make little to no insulin through the pancreas, which requires insulin to be injected to control the blood glucose level.

There are different insulins, including synthetic human insulin, insulin analogs, and biosimilars. Insulin analogs are considered better than human insulin at mimicking the body’s natural release, and biosimilars are used in the place of brand-name insulins.

How Does Insulin Work?

Insulin works in the same way as natural insulin made by the pancreas. After you eat, your body will break down carbohydrates into glucose, which enters your bloodstream and causes your blood sugar level to rise.

When you take insulin in a synthetic form, it will move the glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cells, which will use it for energy or store any leftover sugar in the form of fat, sugar in the muscles (also known as glycogen), or within your liver. When the sugar moves into the cells, the blood glucose levels stabilize.

How to use Insulin?

Depending on the insulin you are prescribed, you may take insulin through a number of different methods. There are three different types of insulin: 

Bolus insulin is a short or rapid-acting type, taken before or at meal times to control blood sugar levels.

Basal or background insulin is an intermediate to long-acting insulin to keep blood sugar levels steady in between meals or overnight.

Basal bolus insulin is rapid acting that is taken at mealtimes in conjunction with long-acting insulin that should be taken once or twice per day.

The methods of taking insulin include the following: 

  • Syringe or pen. An insulin syringe or pen is used to inject insulin under the skin, which is fast acting. Some pens have cartridges inserted into the pen and others are pre-filled and discarded after using insulin.
  • Insulin pump. An insulin pump is about the size of a small phone, which gives you rapid-acting insulin and delivers the insulin through a thin plastic tube placed into the fatty layer underneath your skin, either on the back of the upper arm or in the stomach area.
  • Insulin inhaler. This is insulin that is used with an oral inhaler to deliver ultra rapid-acting insulin before meals and is used with an injectable long-lasting insulin.

What Are The Side Effects of Insulin?

Human insulin can cause a number of mild or serious side effects. One of the most common side effects is hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia can bring about some of the following symptoms:

  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Fainting

Hypoglycemia is more common, the insulin requirements for the individual will vary depending on the food you eat, the lifestyle you lead, and how well you are feeling in yourself.

Additionally, hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels) can occasionally occur from too low a dose of insulin. In addition, to the above side effects, some common ones include the following:

  • Weight gain.
  • Disturbances in electrolytes, including low magnesium and potassium levels. 
  • Irritation around the injection sites, such as redness, itching, lumps, and swelling. 
  • Blurred vision (although this is a temporary side effect).

Frequently Asked Questions About Insulin

What to Avoid While Using Insulin?

There are a number of interactions that can hinder the efficacy of insulin. There are 31 known drug interactions, including Acarbose, Bezafibrate, and Gliclazide, which can increase the risk of hypoglycemia. It’s also important to avoid foods that are considered high in sugar, such as fruit juice, dried fruit, packaged snacks, and refined carbs like pasta and white bread.

Can You Get Insulin Over the Counter?

No, insulin is a prescription medication and cannot be obtained over the counter without a doctor’s authorization.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.