Compare Toujeo vs. Human Insulin

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

Toujeo (insulin glargine)

Prescription only

Humulin (Human Insulin)

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.

Lowers blood sugar.

This form of insulin is one of the few medications in its class that you can get without a prescription, but it's expensive.

5.0/ 7 average rating with 57 reviewsforHuman Insulin
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.
  • Some types of this medication are available without a prescription.
  • Available as a shot to be injected into the fatty part of the skin, and as a powder to be inhaled through your nose.
  • Available in different combinations so that you can do one shot or multiple shots a day.
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.
  • Has to be taken exactly as directed or it can cause high or low blood sugar.
  • As with all insulins, you have to work with your doctor closely to make sure you're giving yourself the correct dose, or you can have low or high blood sugar.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
  • Inhaler
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Reviews
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57 
67%
think this treatment is worth it
46%
think this treatment works well
11%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Toujeo (insulin glargine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Humulin (Human Insulin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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