Compare Toujeo vs. Human Insulin

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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.

3.6/ 5 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
  • Inhaler
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Reviews
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57 reviews so far
67%
saidit'sworth it
46%
saiditworked well
11%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
    69%
  • Common cold
    13%
  • Lung infection
    10%
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The Humulin (Human Insulin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Sharing of Toujeo (insulin glargine) pens
  • Changes in blood sugar levels
    • Changes in insulin
    • Alcohol
    • 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
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  • Changes in blood sugar
  • Changes in skin appearance
  • Weight gain
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