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Apidra (Insulin Glulisine)

What if I find a lower price with another pharmacy?

We guarantee the lowest price on all of our prescription products. If you find your medications cheaper at any other recognized licensed mail order pharmacy, we will not only match their price, we will beat it by 25% of the difference. It is our 125% price match guarantee!

Example: If you find a product on Canada Drugs Direct for $50.00 and find the same product for $40.00 at another mail order pharmacy, we will provide you with a $12.50 discount, bringing your total to $37.50.

To get the discount please make sure to mention the price match to the customer service team when they call to collect payment for your order. Or call toll free at 1-888-904-8467 to place the order through the phone.

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  • Guaranteed lowest price is only valid at the time of sale.
  • We will only match the current advertised price.
  • Products must be identical and in stock at the time of placing an order with a licensed mail order pharmacy. The must be a member of CIPA (Canadian International Pharmacy Association).
  • Products must be authentic in brand and size (same manufacturer, same country of manufacture, same pack size, same strength and same quantity).
  • Products must be new. We cannot match the price of any used, short expiry or expired product.
  • Price match can only be issued over the phone with our customer service team
What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.


APIDRA insulin is a prescription medication used to treat high blood sugar in patients with diabetes. People with diabetes have abnormally high and sometimes abnormally low blood sugar because they cannot regulate it normally.

High blood sugar can cause long-term damage to the eyes, feet, and kidneys. It can also cause damage to other organs. APIDRA and other insulin products help to lower blood sugar to normal levels.


APIDRA insulin is injected under the skin 15 minutes before a meal or within 20 minutes after. 

The dose of APIDRA is different for each person. Take APIDRA exactly as prescribed by your doctor. They may ask you to take a fixed dose every day or to adjust your insulin dose based on your blood sugar readings.


The active ingredient in APIDRA is insulin glulisine.

Insulin glulisine is a rapid-acting insulin product taken with meals. It is taken between one and three times daily.


Many different types of medications can affect blood sugar for diabetic patients. If these medications are taken along with insulin the dose of insulin may need to be adjusted. Examples include:

  • Atypical Antipsychotics
  • Corticosteroids
  • Disopyramide
  • Diuretics
  • Estrogens/Progesterones
  • Fibrates
  • Fluoxetine
  • Isoniazid
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Niacin
  • Oral antidiabetic agents
  • Pentoxifylline
  • Phenothiazine derivatives
  • Pramlintide
  • Propoxyphene
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Salicylates
  • Somatostatin Analogues
  • Somatropin
  • Sulfonamide Antibiotics
  • Sympathomimetic agents
  • Thyroid replacement medication


The risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is higher when using insulin to treat diabetes. It is important to become familiar with the signs of hypoglycemia because it can be life-threatening. 

Tell your doctor about any changes to diet or exercise, as these factors can affect your blood sugar.

Liver and kidney problems can affect insulin metabolism. Tell your doctor if you have a history of liver or kidney problems.

Side Effects

Common side effects from APIDRA insulin can include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Injection site reactions
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Pruritis
  • Rash


  1. Apidra [package insert].Bridgewater, NJ: Sanofi-Aventis; 2008.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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