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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José: Stays on Top of His Diabetes for His Family

Title: Meet José

Super: Jose, Taking Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) SoloSTAR® Since 2007.

José: I'm sort of a jack of all trades. I've had a few different careers. I'm retired, and most of the time I garden, walk a lot, and keep things running around the house.

Narrator: Meet José, a former restaurant worker, banquet chef, and meat packer. Today, he stays on top of his type 2 diabetes so he can focus on his home and family.

Title: How I Learned I had Diabetes

José: And the doctor say, "There is no such a thing as borderline. You have diabetes."

Six years ago, I found out that I had diabetes. I was, you know, a little concerned. Not scared, but a little concerned about it. And I was kind of, you know, my God, what am I going to do now? You know what I mean? So, I said, well, I have to treat it. See a doctor, and make sure that I follow the instructions.

Title: Controlling My Blood Sugar

José: I knew I needed to take action to keep it under control.

We started with pills in the beginning, about five, six months.

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

José: That didn't do the trick. And then he decided to put me on long-acting insulin, Lantus®. And that did the trick.

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

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.

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.

José: What I like about Lantus® is that I only have to take it once a day, and it lasts for 24 hours. Me, I'll take it in the morning, and it lasts me all day, all night.

Title: Getting to the Right Dose

José: You need to give it time, give it time. You know, you have to work with it.

Super: Before starting Lantus®, tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking and all medical conditions.

José: He prescribed a certain dose, and I stayed with it, for about two or three months. Go back, see a doctor, look at the numbers, look at my journal. And then he prescribes me again. We did that until we found the right dosage.

Narrator: While he was adjusting to Lantus®, José helped his doctor by keeping a blood sugar log.

José: Well, in my opinion the doctors don't know how you feel. You know, you have to take something with you, help them out. You know what I mean? So I keep my journal of the things I eat. You know, what I do during the day, how much insulin I take. And all that.

Narrator: Eventually José switched to the Lantus® SoloSTAR® pen.

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

José: All you got to do is screw on the needle, turn the dial, put the amount of units the doctor prescribed, and inject it.

Narrator: To help ensure an accurate dose each time, follow all steps in the instruction leaflet that comes with your pen. Otherwise, you may not get the correct amount of insulin, which may affect your blood sugar levels.

Super: Individual injection discomfort levels may vary.

José: It's such a small needle. I use a 31-gauge needle. It's very thin, so I hardly feel a thing.

Title: Living With Diabetes

José: You feel a sense of satisfaction when you look at the meter and see good numbers.

Narrator: Family plays a large part in helping José successfully manage his diabetes.

José: My youngest daughter, she is in the final stages of becoming a nurse. Before she walks in the door she looks at the glucose meter, see how am I doing for the past 14 days.

My seven-year-old granddaughter is on me all the time. I get up to grab a cookie or something sweet, and he [sic] says, "No, no, Grandpa. That's not good for you."

Narrator: José finds ways to work exercise into his day.

José: I just keep myself pretty active. Yeah, well I have a little garden there. You know and I'll take care of that. Flower bed, nice. Just weed it. You know, pull weeds and stuff like that.

And, that's the reason I exercise and eat right, to keep my blood sugar under control. That's one of the main things. Because they say that the medicine is not going to do it by itself you need to, you know, give something.

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.

Thanks to working with his doctor and sticking to a plan, José's blood sugar is now well under control.

José: When I take a look at my glucose meter, look at the numbers, if the numbers are within limits, you know, you feel some kind of satisfaction, like you accomplished something. That means I'm doing my job. I'm doing what I'm supposed to do.

Super:
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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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