Prescription Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and pediatric patients (children 6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.

Do not use Lantus® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.

Important Safety Information for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)

Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus®.

You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.

Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.

Tell your doctor about other medicines, especially ones commonly called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), and supplements you are taking because they can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have heart failure or other heart problems, liver or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Lantus®.

The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include swelling, weight gain, injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life threatening.

Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.

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Bill: Learn How He Manages His Blood Sugar

Title: Meet Bill

Bill: I was a doughnut freak. I love doughnuts, especially jelly doughnuts. I've been known to drive 50 miles for a jelly doughnut, if it was a good one.

Narrator: Meet Bill, a patent attorney with a wife, family, and type 2 diabetes. Bill doesn't let diabetes keep him from enjoying the things life has to offer. His secret is moderation.

Title: How I Learned I Had Diabetes

Bill: I thought, when I left that hospital, that I knew everything I needed to know about diabetes.

Super: Bill, Taking Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) SoloSTAR® Since 2008.

Bill: At first, I didn't have to do anything. The hospital took care of everything for me. They gave me the injections and measured everything. And the care that I received was absolutely phenomenal. It was really excellent.

Plus, I had a tremendous advantage that most people don't have. My sister is a biochemist. My wife is a registered nurse. (Laughs). Just about everybody I know is in the medical business. And so, plus, I did my own research. So, it probably wasn't as frightening for me as it might have been for most people.

Title: Getting Comfortable With Injections

Bill: (Laughs). And the nurse looked at me with a big grin and she said, "It's not necessary to inject the whole syringe. Only the needle."

I had a little procedure where I'd go, one, two, three, inject, and nothing would happen. My hand was absolutely frozen.

Super: Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Bill: Lantus® was ideal because you only had to take it once a day. And, (Laughs), especially for somebody who wasn't thrilled about injecting themselves, it was only once a day that I had to do that.

Narrator: Insulin is taken as part of an overall diabetes treatment plan, which may include diet, exercise, and other diabetes medications.

Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.

You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®. Ask your doctor how often and when you should check your blood sugar.

Title: Starting On Lantus®

Bill: I was under the impression that perfect behavior would mean perfect blood glucose… and that's not the case. It might be the case, but you'd only be lucky. And, so you end up being up and down and up and down, and it takes a while for the doctors to adjust your dosage.

But the thing that enabled me to get by this up and down thing much quicker than most people is, I kept an incredible journal. People complimented me and they said, (Laughs), "I've never seen anybody keep so many records." I wrote down everything. When they have a record like that, the doctors could very easily see how insulin was acting in my body and in my diabetes. And I'm sure I could have probably got it under control otherwise, but it would have taken much longer.

Super: The most common side effect of insulin is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious and life threatening.

Narrator: The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include swelling, weight gain, injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions.

Shortly after starting on Lantus®, Bill switched to the Lantus® SoloSTAR® pen.

Bill: I don't have to worry about syringes, and it's easy to take with me. And the needles are very small. I just did away with the vials. And I've been using it ever since.

The needle that I use is very, very sharp and very, very fine.

Super: Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.

Bill: It is a 31-gauge needle, which is about the size of a human hair, and it's only a quarter of an inch long.

Narrator: It is important to keep the injection button pressed all the way in and to slowly count to ten before withdrawing the needle from the skin. This helps ensure that the full dose will be delivered.

Title: Controlling My Blood Sugar

Bill: To have my blood sugar under control is a beautiful thing.

There are basically three things. It's the medication, which is the Lantus®. And then, it's diet and exercise. And, it's a magic combination of the three. And also keeping track of it by monitoring. I monitor my blood every morning, and I also check it once or twice during the day. And then I get my A1C measurement at least every three months or so. So, I know exactly where I'm at.

I don't eat as much as I used to. I used to eat a large meal at suppertime, and not much for lunch, or maybe not even breakfast. You can't do that with diabetes. You have to eat evenly throughout the day. And, it's better to have five or six meals rather than three meals.

To have my blood sugar under control and well-managed is a great feeling of accomplishment for me. I know that I'm doing the best for my body that I can possibly do.

Super:
Please click below for additional Important Safety Information.

Please click below for Full Prescribing Information.

Prescription Lantus® is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and pediatric patients (children 6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.

Do not use Lantus® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.

Important Safety Information for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)

Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus®.

Please click here for additional Important Safety Information.

Please click here for Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for
Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)

Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus®.

You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.

Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.

Tell your doctor about other medicines, especially ones commonly called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), and supplements you are taking because they can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have heart failure or other heart problems, liver or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Lantus®.

The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include swelling, weight gain, injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life threatening.

Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.

Click here for Full Prescribing Information for Lantus®.
Click here for information on Sharps Medical Waste Disposal.
Click here to learn more about Sanofi's commitment to fighting counterfeit drugs.

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