Compare Lantus vs. Apidra

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Lantus (Insulin Glargine)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Lantus (Insulin Glargine) is a long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 584 reviewsforLantus
Controls blood sugar.

Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an insulin that controls blood sugar during your meals, but you'll still have to follow your doctor's diet and exercise plan.

Upsides
  • Insulin is the most effective blood sugar-lowering medicine. When used correctly, it'll lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
  • Lantus is a long-lasting insulin that provides consistent, all-day sugar control with less risk of low blood sugar.
  • Dose can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body.
  • Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
  • Apidra (insulin glulisine) starts working in as soon as 15 minutes.
  • Programs are available to lower your copay. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Can be used in people over 65 and children 4 years of age and older.
Downsides
  • You have to take insulin by injection.
  • You have to check your blood sugar every day.
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
  • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of diabetes medicines.
  • Your doctor might have to check your kidneys and liver regularly if you've had kidney or liver problems in the past.
  • Since Apidra (insulin glulisine) is an injectable, it might not be a good treatment option for people who are afraid of needles.
  • Only available as a brand name, so Apidra (insulin glulisine) can be expensive.
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  • Injection
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Reviews
584 
67%
think this treatment is worth it
51%
think this treatment works well
14%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
2possible side effects
  • Angiopathy
    7%
  • Injection site pain
    3%
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1possible side effects
  • Common cold
    11%
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Risks and warnings
  • Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)

    Insulin dose too high

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Complications due to low potassium

    Use of other medicine that lowers potassium

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Low blood sugar

    Changes in diet and exercise

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Low blood potassium levels

    Taking laxatives

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Fluid buildup

    Taking Avandia or Actos

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