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Please describe the medication: lantus (insulin glargine)?

Please describe the medication: lantus (insulin glargine)?

Diabetes medication: Treats diabetes mellitus. Insulin is a hormone that helps get sugar from the blood to the muscles, where it is used for energy. This type of Insulin usually works longer than regular insulin. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more


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Why do you have to give gliclazide and lantus (insulin glargine) together. Isn't lantus (insulin glargine) enough to lower blood sugar? Also why give these medications before food?

Why do you have to give gliclazide and lantus (insulin glargine) together. Isn't lantus (insulin glargine) enough to lower blood sugar? Also why give these medications before food?

Too much 4 400 space: 1st drug stimulates your own insulin production. 2nd is long lasting insulin. There are multiple forms of insulin with different half lives and there are also insulin pumps which automate a lot of this stuff. ...Read more

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As of jan. 1, my prescription drug coverage will no longer cover lantus. They want me to switch to levemir (insulin detemir). Is levemir (insulin detemir) basically the same thing?

Tough question: Some patients do much better on Lantus and others do better on levemir (insulin detemir). You will have to work with your doctor on this. Essentially they do the same thing. ...Read more

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What to do if I forgot my lantus (insulin glargine) dose 6 hours ago?

What to do if I forgot my lantus (insulin glargine) dose 6 hours ago?

Fair question: Hi. It happens. You can do either of two things. Just use your fast acting insulin (Novolog, Humalog, or Apidra) as needed for the next 18 hours to manage your BG, or take the Lantus (insulin glargine) 6 hours late and your next Lantus (insulin glargine) dose on time, and accept you'll be dose stacking for the first 6 hours of the next dose. Watch your BG carefully during this deviation in your regimen. Good luck! ...Read more

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What should I do if I didn't take my once 24 hours lantus (insulin glargine) insulin?

What should I do if I didn't take my once 24 hours lantus (insulin glargine) insulin?

Resuming it ASAP: Diabetes is a result of persistently high sugar over long period of time, but acutely it is much more dangerous to have too low sugar than high. So missing a dose or two of diabetic medicine is not detrimental, but should be kept to a minimum. I suggest resuming your medicine asap. Eat well, exercise regularly, take your meds as prescribed, and see doc regularly as advised. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi, how often should I be taking the insulin lantus (insulin glargine)? I'm getting 40 units a day.

Hi, how often should I be taking the insulin lantus (insulin glargine)? I'm getting 40 units a day.

Once daily: Lantus (insulin glargine) is a long acting form of Insulin that is administered once daily (at the same time, every day). It never hurts to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions, it's important to take the medications as directed. ...Read more

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3 hours Late taking lantus (insulin glargine) injection last night. When should I take tonight's injection?

3 hours Late taking lantus (insulin glargine) injection last night. When should I take tonight's injection?

Lantus (insulin glargine): Lantus (insulin glargine) is a once-a-day injection usually taken every 24 hours.
Don't worry if you miss 1-3 hours - no short term or long term things to worry about if you are keeping your blood sugar under control.

If there is wide fluctuation in your blood sugar levels I recommend you see a diabetes educator. ...Read more

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What is the proper lantus (insulin glargine) dose for a 60 year old man with type I diabetes and when should it be taken?

What is the proper lantus (insulin glargine) dose for a 60 year old man with type I diabetes and when should it be taken?

Totally individual: There is no one right dose of insulin for everyone. Lantus (insulin glargine) can be used once a day, or divided into two doses for larger amounts. I cannot guess what this particular person's dose should be. ...Read more

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How do I inject lantus (insulin glargine) twice a day?

How do I inject lantus (insulin glargine) twice a day?

Pen or syringe: Hi. I might be missing your point. Dial the dose on a pen or draw up the dose in a syringe, stick in your site of choice, and push in the plunger. Count to 10, and pull the needle out. Do that roughly every 12 hours. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I took about 140 units of lantus (insulin glargine) long acting insulin would it result in a fatality?

Can you tell me if I took about 140 units of lantus (insulin glargine) long acting insulin would it result in a fatality?

Depends: Hi. No way to tell. Are you a type 1 or a type 2? What's your normal Lantus (insulin glargine) dose? If you made a grievous dosing error, go to the ER (drinking juice on the way), so they can have an IV in you and be prepared for a crash. I have type 2's who use Lantus (insulin glargine) 300-400 units/day; 140 units wouldn't kill them. I have type 1's using 16 units/day; 140 units would mess them up pretty badly. Be safe. ...Read more

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I take lantus (insulin glargine) 20 units at night and glimeperide 2mg in the morning was 73kgs a year ago now am 88 kgs what can I replace the 2 with?

I take lantus (insulin glargine) 20 units at night and glimeperide 2mg in the morning was 73kgs a year ago now am 88 kgs what can I replace the 2 with?

No easy answer: Your weight gain can be due to many reasons. The improvement in your blood sugar control since being on these medications is probably a major reason. Unfortunately, medications like glimeperide and Insulin promote weight gain, whereas other medications for diabetes such as metformin and glp-1 agonists promote weight loss. You should talk to your doctor about these other possible medications. ...Read more

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I am type 1 diabetic since I was 8. Now I am 30. I am taking novo rapid and lantus (insulin glargine) 3 times a day. Got a proposal for insulin pen. How gud is it?

I am type 1 diabetic since I was 8. Now I am 30. I am taking novo rapid and lantus (insulin glargine) 3 times a day. Got a proposal for insulin pen. How gud is it?

Good: The Insulin pen is simply a more convenient way to take insulin. You can get Lantus (insulin glargine) and NovoLog in a pen. You will be able to dial the dose of Insulin needed. You would use a pen needle with the pen to inject the insulin. Each pen holds 300 units of insulin, so it will typically last for weeks. You do not need to refrigerate the pen once you start using it. ...Read more

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When was lantus (insulin glargine) discovered & by whom?

2000: Lantus (insulin glargine) (glargine) Insulin is manufactured by sanofi-aventis. It was approved for use in the us and europe in 2000, and is one of the most widely prescribed insulins in the world. ...Read more

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What is special about lantus (insulin glargine) insulin?

What is special about lantus (insulin glargine) insulin?

Basal insulin: 40% of the Insulin a pancreas makes is done constantly and the other 60% is done to respond to your carbohydrate ingestion (when you eat). Lantus (insulin glargine) is the first Insulin that was design to take care of that 40% because it is designed to work over 24 hrs without any peak in action minimizing low blood sugar reactions. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lantus (insulin glargine)?

Kind of insulin: This is a long acting Insulin preparation that can be given once a day for use in those with diabetes. It may need to be supplemented with short acting Insulin for optimal control. ...Read more

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Type n insulin, is it any different from lantus (insulin glargine).?

If 'N' = NPH, yes: It peaks in 6-8 hours, last 10-14 hours.
Lantus has mosest peaks, lasts 24 hours

the amer assoc of clinical endocrinologists
recommends not using nph, but longer acting basal insulin, like Insulin to obtain smoother control [often in combination with meal time short-acting insulin]. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of splitting lantus (insulin glargine) into 2 doses as opposed to one?

Lantus (insulin glargine): Is a long acting insulin, is meant to be used once a day. Every patient is unique, so adjustig your regimen is unique as well. Is better to ask your doctor for his/her reason to do split the dose. I am curious as well. The important issue is the total dose you need per day (once, or in divided doses. Again Lantus (insulin glargine) is mainly for once a day due to it long duration). ...Read more

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Can I take lantus (insulin glargine) once a day and add actrapid before meal?

Can I take lantus (insulin glargine) once a day and add actrapid before meal?

Yes: Taking a long acting insulin (lantus) and a shorter acting insulin (Actrapid) is called basal/bolus therapy, and is the preferred way to treat type 1 diabetes. It more closely mimics the function of the normal pancreas. However, newer "analog" insulins (Novolog, Humalog, (insulin lispro) Apidra) work faster and are more predictable than Actrapid, and are preferred, and should be taken before each meal. ...Read more

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Novorapid and lantus (insulin glargine) solostar insulin availability. Where can I get some?

Novorapid and lantus (insulin glargine) solostar insulin availability. Where can I get some?

First need rx: Would discuss with your local doctor as you would need a prescription for the medications. Your local doctor /pharmacist should be able to point you in the right direction and discuss co-payment / costs of the medications given your insurance status, etc ...Read more

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I'm a type 1 diabetic and I take novorapid & lantus, (insulin glargine) is it time for a change?

I'm a type 1 diabetic and I take novorapid & lantus, (insulin glargine) is it time for a change?

Is working?: The best treatment is the one you take and the one that works. If this is not the case, then talk with your family physician or endocrinologist. There are many options in diabetes, each treatment needs to be tailored to the patient. ...Read more

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I take 60 units of lantus (insulin glargine) before bed and 20 units before each meal. Can I start another?

Yes, bolus insulin: Lantus (insulin glargine) is a basal Insulin not used at meal time. The 60 units you take at bed time seems appropriate for this type of insulin. Talk with your physician for clarification on the Insulin you need at meal times. (a bolus Insulin should replace the 20 units of Lantus (insulin glargine) you indicate using before each meal). Bolus Insulin is intended to cover carbohydrates you eat at each meal. Various bolus insulins. ...Read more

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If I ran out of lantus (insulin glargine) until monday, would it be ok to take small doses of my humolog to even out my sugar until then?

If I ran out of lantus (insulin glargine) until monday, would it be ok to take small doses of my humolog to even out my sugar until then?

Yes: Hi. You poor thing! Are you a type 1? I would be happy to phone in a prescription for Lantus (insulin glargine) for you tomorrow (Wednesday, 25 Jun)! Your BG will be very spiky (up & down) if you use only it for your control, but it will keep you out of DKA. Good luck! ...Read more

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Last night sugar was 135 before bed. I didn't eat anything else. I injected the dose of lantus (insulin glargine) like every night and woke up with my sugar at 315...

Last night sugar was 135 before bed. I didn't eat anything else. I injected the dose of lantus (insulin glargine) like every night and woke up with my sugar at 315...

Reactive hyperglycem: The Lantus (insulin glargine) may have lowered your blood sugar and the liver stepped in to produce glucose called the somayaghi effect.
May need to reduce the Lantus (insulin glargine) dose.
Consult your diabetic specialist. ...Read more

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My lantus (insulin glargine) was stored in the fridge. While I was away it broke and the lantus (insulin glargine) was at 25-30°c for 5 days. The liquid is clear. Can I still use it?

Probably: This is from the package insert :store used (open) vials either in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees f (2 and 8 degrees c), or at room temperature, below 86 degrees f (30 degrees c). To be safe, just check your bs more and see if it's consistent with your previous vials. Chances are it will still be fine. ...Read more

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Side effects lantus (insulin glargine) insulin?

Side effects lantus (insulin glargine) insulin?

HYPOGLYCEMIA: Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a complication of getting too much of any insulin. Since Lantus (insulin glargine) Insulin is injected you may have bruises or lumps at the injection sites. ...Read more