Compare Toujeo vs. Human Insulin
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
This form of insulin is one of the few medications in its class that you can get without a prescription, but it's expensive.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)69%
- Common cold13%
- Lung infection10%
- Sharing of Toujeo (insulin glargine) pens
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Changes in insulin
- Other anti-diabetic medications
- Medication errors
- Using more than one insulin at a time
- Severe allergic reactions
- Allergic reactions to other insulins
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugars)
- Fluid accumulation leading to heart failure
- Taking thiazolidinediones in combination with insulin
- Changes in blood sugar
- Changes in skin appearance
- Weight gain