insulin glargine (Lantus) (cont.)

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The FDA approved insulin glargine in April 2000.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Insulin glargine is used to regulate blood sugar in adults and children with type 1 and 2 diabetes.

SIDE EFFECTS:

Common side effects of insulin glargine are:

  • Decreased blood sugar and injection site pain
  • Water retention in the joints and weight gain

Local allergic reactions that may occur at the injection sites are:

Long term use of insulin glargine can lead to thickening of fat tissues at the injection site.

Severe allergic reactions are:

Individuals should contact a healthcare professional if they experience any of the above reactions.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PREPARATIONS: Insulin glargine is available as 100 units/ml. Insulin glargine is supplied in 10 ml vials, 3 ml SoloStar injectable pens, and a 3 ml cartridge system. Insulin glargine is given only by subcutaneous injection.

STORAGE:

  • Unopened vials, SoloStar pens, and cartridge systems should be refrigerated between 2 C and 8 C (36 F and 46 F).
  • Unopened vials, SoloStar pens, and cartridge systems, if refrigerated, are good until the expiration dates.
  • Unopened vials, SoloStar pens, and cartridge systems, stored at room temperature, are good for 28 days.
  • Opened vials and cartridge systems can be refrigerated or stored at room temperature below 30 C (86 F).
  • Cartridge systems inserted into the insulin delivery device and SoloStar pens should be stored only at room temperature below 30 C (86 F).
  • Opened vials, SoloStar pens, and cartridge systems are good for 28 days.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2014


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