What is Lantus?

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You have been living with Type 2 diabetes for years now. Unfortunately, your current medication regimen is not adequately managing your diabetes. Your health care provider recommends using Lantus for tighter blood sugar control and overall improvement of your diabetes management. You consider adding Lantus to your mediation regimen but you are not sure what Lantus is so you inquire...

What is insulin glargine (Lantus)?

Lantus is a long-acting insulin.

Why is important to use Lantus to manage diabetes?

It is important to manage diabetes because poor diabetes management can lead to complications such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, amputations, blindness and even death.

How is Lantus administered?

Lantus is administered by injection.

What is a typical Lantus dose?

The typical adult maintenance dose of Lantus is based on patient weight...therefore the individual dose differs from patient to patient.

What is the best time of day to take Lantus?

Lantus should be taken at the same time every day...often it is administered prior to bedtime.

How should Lantus be stored?

It is recommended that unopened Lantus containers be stored in the refrigerator, however it is important NOT to freeze unopened Lantus containers. Opened Lantus containers may be stored at room temperature for 28 days (it is recommended that any unused Lantus be discarded after 28 days).

What are Lantus side effects?

Lantus side effects include: low blood sugar, fatigues, headaches, confusion, nausea, hunger, mouth numbness, muscle weakness, blurred vision and heart palpitations.

What are Lantus safety concerns?

Lantus safety concerns include:

Low blood sugar - low blood sugar is one of the most common side effects of Lantus. Close monitoring of blood sugar is advised.

Alcohol consumption - alcohol consumption may increase risk of low blood sugar. Caution is advised.

Pregnancy - Lantus may affect child development. Health care providers should be notified if individuals taking Lantus become pregnant.

Breast-feeding - Lantus may be excreted into breast milk. Health care providers should be notified if individuals taking Lantus are or plan to breast-feed their children.

Drug interactions - Lantus interacts with other medications...be sure to inform health care providers about any other medications (including herbal supplements) that may be taken concurrently with Lantus.

Liver impairment - Caution is advised in patients with liver impairment.

Kidney impairment - Caution is advised in patients with kidney impairment.

What are Lantus monitoring parameters?

Lantus monitoring parameters include: diabetes symptoms, blood sugar and electrolytes.

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