Lantus

Lantus Medication Information:

Lantus medication comes in several different strengths; click on the strength you need to view prices from pharmacies competing to earn your business.

Lantus 100 u/mL
Lantus Solostar Pen 100 U/ml NO Rx

What is Lantus

Lantus Insulin is used for adult insultin dependent type 2 diabetics and insulin dpendent Type 1 children to help regulate their blood sugar on a more even level. Injected one time per day and acting for 24 hours usually along with oral diabetic medication.

How does Lantus Work

Lantus is a 24 hour acting insulin used to treat Type 2 adult diabletics and Type 1 children 6 years and up suffering from diabetes with high blood sugars. that need long acting inulin. Lantus is easy to use and helps to regulate blood sugar along with an oral daily medication. A type 2 diabetic usuall starts out with 10 units to be adjusted by their physician.

Using Lantus

Lantus is given by injection 1 time per day any time as long as it is taken at the same time each day. Dosage is decided by your Dr. by your average blood sugar levels and will be changed according to your levels after to use to see if more or less is needed. Lantus is injected in the thighs, stomach, or upper arms.

Side Effects

The most common side affects of Lantus are itching skin also, itching and redness where you gave yurself the injection. Some other side effects may incled a significant drop in Blood sugar.

Other Brand Names

Other name brand medications for Lantus include Lantus Solostar Pen and Lantus OptiClik Cartridge

Safety Information:

Elderly and Disabled patients or patients with a comprimised immune system should be extra catious when taking Lantus

Pleople who are allergic to insulin should not use lantus.

Dosage:

Lantus is given in 100 unit each of either a 3ml soostar system, or a 3 ml Solostar system or a 10 ML vial and stored in the refrigerator. It should be disposed of after 28 days if not used. Never freeze Lantus

Visual Description:

Lantus is a clear liquid that comes in a vial or a pen which needs to be refrigerated at all times.

About Lantus

What Lantus is used for

LANTUS [insulin glargine injection (rDNA origin)] is a recombinant human insulin analogue that is a long-acting blood-glucose-lowering agent administered subcutaneously (under the skin) once a day. LANTUS is indicated in the treatment of patients over 17 years of age with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes mellitus who require basal (long-acting) insulin for the control of hyperglycemia. LANTUS is also indicated in the treatment of pediatric patients with Type 1 diabetes mellitus who require basal (long-acting) insulin for the control of hyperglycemia.

What Lantus does

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland that lies near the stomach. This hormone is necessary for the body's correct use of food, especially sugar. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin to meet your body's needs or when your body cannot use properly the insulin you normally produce.

When your body does not make enough insulin, you need an external source of insulin. That is why you must take insulin injections. LANTUS is similar to the insulin made by your body.

You have been instructed to test your blood and/or your urine regularly for glucose; it is especially important to test even more often when changing insulins or dosing schedule. If your blood tests consistently show above- or below- normal glucose levels, or your urine tests consistently show the presence of glucose, your diabetes is not properly controlled and you must let your healthcare professional know.

Insulin injections play an important role in keeping your diabetes under control. But the way you live—your diet, careful monitoring of your glucose levels, exercise, or planned physical activity and following your healthcare professional’s recommendations—all work with your insulin to help you control your diabetes.

Always keep an extra supply of insulin as well as a spare syringe and needle on hand. Always wear medical alert identification and carry information about your diabetes so that appropriate treatment can be given if complications occur away from home.

When Lantus should not be used

LANTUS should not be used:

  • if you are allergic to this drug or to any ingredient in the formulation or component of the container;

  • if you have diabetes ketoacidosis;

  • for intravenous or intramuscular injections.

What the medicinal ingredient is

The active ingredient in LANTUS is insulin glargine (rDNA origin).

What the nonmedicinal ingredients for Lantus are

The nonmedicinal ingredients in the 10 mL vial are glycerol 85%, polysorbate 20, m-cresol, water, zinc, and hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment.

What dosage forms Lantus comes in

LANTUS is a solution for injection (100 U/mL) available in the following package size:

  • 10-mL vials

It is also available in:

  • 3-mL cartridges, package of 5 (for use only with sanofi-aventis insulin injection pens or injection pens suitable for LANTUS cartridges as recommended in the information provided by the injection pen manufacturer)

  • 3-mL SoloSTAR (pre-filled disposable pen), package of 5


Warnings and Precautions

  • Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse effect of insulin, including LANTUS.

  • Glucose monitoring is recommended for all patients with diabetes.

  • Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision. This may result in dosage adjustment.

  • Concomitant oral antidiabetic treatment may need to be adjusted.

  • LANTUS must not be mixed with any other insulin or diluted with any other solution because it might not work as intended.

BEFORE you use LANTUS talk to your healthcare professional if:

  • You are planning to have a baby, are pregnant, or are nursing a baby;

  • You are taking any medication.


Interactions with Lantus

It is not advisable to use any medical treatment, without telling your healthcare professional as there may be interactions between LANTUS and other medicines.

Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other medicine which has been prescribed for you or which you bought without a prescription.


Instructions for Use

Your doctor has recommended the type of insulin that he/she believes is best for you. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER INSULIN EXCEPT ON THE ADVICE AND DIRECTION OF YOUR DOCTOR.

LANTUS is a clear solution and looks like some short-acting insulins. Always check the carton and the vial label for the name of the insulin you receive from your pharmacy to make sure it is the same as the one your doctor has recommended.

Correct Syringe

It is important to use a syringe that is marked for U-100 insulin preparations since LANTUS contains 100 units/mL. Using an incorrect syringe could lead to a mistake in dosing and cause medical problems for you, such as a blood glucose level that is too low or too high.

Syringe Use

CAREFULLY FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS SUPPLIED BY YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL ON HOW TO USE SYRINGES TO HELP AVOID CONTAMINATION AND POSSIBLE INFECTION.

Disposable syringes and needles should be used only once and then properly discarded.

NEEDLES AND SYRINGES MUST NOT BE SHARED.

Preparing the Dose

  1. Check the vial label of the insulin.

  2. Inspect the insulin. LANTUS should be a clear and colorless solution with no visible particles. Do not use it if you notice anything unusual in the appearance of the solution.

  3. Make sure the insulin is at room temperature to minimize local irritation at the injection site.

  4. Wash your hands.

  5. It is not necessary to shake or rotate the vial before use.

  6. If using a new vial, remove the protective cap, but DO NOT remove the stopper.

  7. Wipe the top of the vial with an alcohol swab.

  8. A new sterile syringe must be used.

  9. Draw air into the syringe equal to your insulin dose. Put the needle through the rubber top of the insulin vial and inject the air into the vial.

  10. Turn the vial and syringe upside down. Hold the vial and syringe firmly in one hand.

  11. Make sure the tip of the needle is in the insulin and withdraw the correct dose of insulin into the syringe.

  12. Before removing the needle from the vial, check your syringe for air bubbles. If bubbles are present, hold the syringe straight up and tap its side until the bubbles float to the top. Push them out with the plunger and withdraw the correct dose.

  13. Remove the needle from the vial. Do not let the needle touch anything prior to injection.

  14. An empty vial must never be reused and must be properly discarded.

Injection

Cleanse the skin with alcohol where the injection is to be made. Pinch and hold the skin and insert the needle as instructed by your healthcare professional. Slowly push the plunger of the syringe in completely. Slowly count to 10 before removing the needle from the injection site and gently apply pressure for several seconds. DO NOT RUB THE AREA.

There is no relevant difference in absorption of LANTUS between abdominal, thigh, or upper arm subcutaneous injection areas. However, injection sites within an injection area (abdomen, thigh, or upper arm) must be rotated from one injection to the next.

Hypo- or hyperglycemia can result from injecting insulin in the wrong site or incorrectly. Hypoglycemia can result from injection directly into a blood vessel and if not recognized or treated may be followed by hyperglycemia since there was no LANTUS deposition for long-term absorption.


Proper Use of Lantus

Usual dose

The dosage of LANTUS should be individualized and determined based on your healthcare professional’s advice in accordance with your needs. You may take LANTUS at any time during the day, but you must take it at the same time every day.

Many factors may affect your usual LANTUS dose, which may include changes in your diet, activity, or work schedule. Follow your healthcare professional’s instructions carefully. Consult your healthcare professional if you notice your insulin requirements changing markedly. Other factors that may affect your dose of insulin or your need to do additional blood/urine testing are:

Illness

Illness, especially with nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and/or fever, may change how much insulin you need. Even if you are not eating, you will still require insulin. You and your healthcare professional should establish a sick day plan for you to use in case of illness. When you are sick, test your blood/urine frequently and call your healthcare professional as instructed.

Pregnancy

If you are planning to have a baby, are pregnant, or are nursing a baby, consult your healthcare professional. Good control of diabetes is especially important for you and your unborn baby. Pregnancy may make managing your diabetes more difficult.

Medication

Always discuss any medications you are taking, prescription or “over-the-counter”, with your health care provider. To prevent drug interactions, volunteer the names of everything you are taking even before they ask if there have been any changes. Insulin requirements may be increased in the presence of drugs with hyperglycemic activity, such as oral contraceptives (for example, birth control pills, injections and patches), and hormone replacement therapies, corticosteroids, thyroid replacement therapy, and sympathomimetic agents such as decongestants and diet pills. Insulin requirements may be reduced in the presence of drugs with hypoglycemic activity, such as oral antidiabetic agents, salicylates (for example, aspirin), sulfa antibiotics, blood pressure medications including ACE inhibitors, and certain psychiatric medications including MAO inhibitors or antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.

Substances including beta-blockers, used for conditions including blood pressure, heart arrhythmias, palpitations and headache, and alcohol may enhance or weaken the blood-glucose-lowering effect of insulins, and signs of hypoglycemia may be reduced or absent.

 

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