Lantus

(insulin glargine)

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Lowers blood sugar.

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Lantus (insulin glargine) is an effective, long-acting insulin that provides all-day blood sugar control, but it can cause low blood sugar levels, so be sure to have a source of sugar nearby.

Quick facts about Lantus
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available
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Upsides

  • Insulin is one of the most effective blood sugar-lowering medication and can lower your A1c (average blood sugar over time) by up to 2-3%.
  • Lantus (insulin glargine) is a long-lasting insulin that provides consistent, all-day sugar control with just once or twice daily dosing.
  • Dose can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body's needs.
  • Lantus (insulin glargine) can be used with liver or kidney problems.

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Downsides

  • You have to take insulin by injection.
  • You have to check your blood sugar regularly to assure your medications are working.
  • You may gain some weight, around 4-6 pounds.
  • You have to maintain a consistent schedule to avoid low blood sugar episodes. Dramatic changes in weight or meal patterns will require dose adjustments.

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How it works

Lantus (insulin glargine) is a long-acting synthetic insulin for diabetes. It acts the same way as the insulin your body produces to break down sugars and fats.

Quick facts about Lantus
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Injection
People’s experience with Lantus

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What to expect when you take Lantus (insulin glargine) for Diabetes

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Side effect rates for Lantus (insulin glargine)

From 849 clinical trials of Lantus when taken for diabetes
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Swelling in the limbs
  • High blood pressure
  • Flu
  • Sinus infection
  • Cataracts
  • Inflammation of the airways
  • Joint pain
  • Pain in extremity
  • Back pain

Risks and Warnings for Lantus (insulin glargine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Insulin dose too high
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Poor injection techniques

    Very low blood sugar is life-threatening. Recognize the symptoms of low blood sugar, which include fast heartbeat, sweating, pale skin, feeling shaky, confusion or irritability. Make sure you have access to easy sugar sources to treat your low blood sugar episodes.

Common concerns from people taking Lantus (insulin glargine)

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Food
  • Changes in meals or exercise regimen can cause fluctuations in your blood sugar. Try to maintain a consistent schedule and take Lantus (insulin glargine) at same time each day.
  • Reviewed Lantuson 3/19/2017If taken at night, snack or small bolus before bed
    19
    Man
    Two years or more
    Type 1 diabetes
Kidneys and liver
  • Lantus (insulin glargine) can be used with liver or kidney problems.
Weight
  • You may gain some weight, around 4-6 pounds.