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DISCLAIMER: The following information is presented to educate consumers on Lantus insulin. This is not intended to be used as a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. Always seek out a physician or other health care provider’s advice for your medical condition and about Lantus insulin. Don’t ignore professional medical advice because of the information provided here.
Insulin Glargine is a form of human made insulin. This medication lowers your blood sugar levels. It is a long-acting insulin that is generally administered once daily. This medication can be used for other purposes; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Lantus Insulin is to be injected under the skin. Use this medication at the same time each day and use it exactly as directed by your doctor. This insulin should not be mixed in the same syringe as other insulins before injection. Do not shake vigorously before use. You will be taught how to use Lantus insulin and how to adjust your dosage. You may have to adjust your dose for illness or activites. Do not use more insulin than prescribed.
Always check the appearance of your insulin before you inject it. Insulin should be clear and colourless, like water. If it is thickened, cloudy, has solid particles or is coloured, do not use it. If you use an insulin pen, ensure you take off the outer needle cover before you use the dose. It is imperative that you put used syringes and needles in a sharps container. Do not dispose of them in a regular trash can. If you don’t have a sharps container, call your healthcare provider to obtain one.
Talk to your pediatrician for advice about the use of this medication in children. There may be special considerations needed. If you think you’ve taken too much Lantus Insulin contact an emergency room or poison control center immediately.
You may need to have your doctor change your insulin doses if your blood glucose levels are affected by outside factors. Some reasons your doctor may want to reassess your insulin dose include:
- Medical conditions such as: infections, kidney or liver disease, or thyroid conditions
- Some medications that alter blood glucose levels
- travelling over time zones
It is important that you keep your doctor up to date about your current health situation and any changes that can affect the amount of insulin you need. As a part of your treatment you should regularly monitor your blood glucose levels.
Drug interactions can change how your medications work. Sometimes two medications that interact should never be used together. In other cases, your doctor can take precautions such as changing the dosages or timing of your medications to allow you take two medications that may interact. Your doctor will always have the best recommendations about what to do to manage drug interactions. The following medications may interact with Lantus Insulin:
- Birth Control Pills
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
This is not an exhaustive list of drug interactions with Lantus Insulin. Ensure that you speak with your doctor about the medications you take before starting a new medicine. Give your doctor a list of prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as herbal products you might be taking. This will help your doctor watch out for drug interactions and mitigate unwanted side effects.
Along with the intended effects of a medication you may also experience unwanted side effects. These effects vary in severity and some may require medical attention which others may not. Some side effects are temporary while others can be permanent. The side effects listed below do not occur in everyone who takes Lantus insulin. If you are concerned about any of these side effects talk with your doctor before you start Lantus Insulin and ask for their recommendations.
The following are relatively common side effects are reported by at least 1% of those taking Lantus Insulin. Most of these side effects are able to be managed and some can go away over time on their own.
If these side effects of insulin are severe or bothersome, reach out to your doctor. Your pharmacist may also be able to advise you on managing side effects.
- redness, itching, or swelling at the site of the injection
Though most of the side effects that follow don’t happen often, they can lead to serious problems. Ensure that if you experience the following side effects you talk with your doctor as soon as possible:
- signs of low blood glucose:
- blurred vision
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty speaking
- fast heartbeat
- numbness or tingling of the lips, fingers, or tongue
Stop taking Lantus Insulin and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following effects:
- rash or blisters all over the body
- symptoms of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., swelling of the face or throat, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or itchy skin rash)
Some individuals may experience different side effects while taking Lantus insulin. If you notice any symptom that worries you while on this medication, talk with your doctor.
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