Compare Toujeo vs. Apidra

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Toujeo (insulin glargine)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Toujeo (insulin glargine) is a concentrated long-actin insulin that allows you to inject higher doses at lower volume compared to other long-acting insulins like Lantus and Levemir.

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
  • Most effective medicine for controlling your blood sugar.
  • Can be injected once daily.
  • Contains 3 times as much insulin as other long-acting insulins, which means that you can inject lower fluid volume.
  • Can be used in patients 65 and older.
  • 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
  • Has to be injected.
  • Can cause weight gain like other insulins
  • Can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you do not take it consistently or have an inconsistent meal and exercise schedule.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
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Side effects
The Toujeo (insulin glargine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
1possible side effects
  • Common cold
    11%
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Risks and warnings
  • Changes in blood sugar levels

    Changes in insulin

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Medication errors

    Using more than one insulin at a time

  • Severe allergic reactions

    Allergic reactions to other insulins

  • Fluid accumulation leading to heart failure

    Taking thiazolidinediones in combination with insulin

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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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