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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.

Click here for Full Prescribing Information for Lantus®.

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Julie: Stays in Control for Her Family and Community

JULIE: I'm on a mission to keep my blood sugar under control… so I can be there for my husband, my kids, my family… and our dog Nitro, too.

SUPER: Julie, Taking Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) SoloSTAR® Since 2009.

And actually, I've also made it my goal to help my community understand why it's so important to take high blood sugar levels seriously.

Get to Know Julie

NARRATOR VO: Meet Julie, a mother of two, and a health coach who's committed to sharing her knowledge of blood sugar control with as many people as she can.

JULIE: Honestly, I was surprised when I learned I had type 2 diabetes. But I do think that Lantus®, along with the changes I made to my diet and exercise routine and my other diabetes medications, have helped me get my blood sugar under control. And that makes me pretty happy, because now I can focus on the things that I love.

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

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

Diagnosis Explained Her Symptoms

JULIE: Diabetes does run in my family.

My mother was diagnosed in 1976, but she's still not very comfortable talking about it, and my dad's had it for more than 15 years.

I never really thought about it.

But after I got married and had my children, I just got to the point where I was feeling tired every day. I was just exhausted, and irritable.

I thought it was because I was working so hard, juggling my job, taking care of the kids.

Well, I finally saw my doctor. I think that was in 2008. Anyway, she ran some tests and told me that I had type 2 diabetes.

And I went, "Aha! That is probably why I'm having these symptoms."

I was still surprised and a little angry. At myself. How come I didn't see the signs? How come I let it get this far?

It was then that I realized I could do something about it. So I decided to learn everything that I could about diabetes, about getting my blood sugar under control.

I took classes. I spoke to doctors. To nurses. And I started using all that I learned to help me and my family, and others in my community.

Starting the Lantus® SoloSTAR® Pen

JULIE: I remember starting on pills to try to get control of my sugars.

After a while though, it wasn't enough, so my doctor told me "You know what? We're going to try insulin. Are you ready for this?"

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

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

JULIE: At first, I really felt like insulin was the end of the road, but I decided that taking it might be the right thing to do since my doctor recommended it, and because the pills just weren't enough anymore.

I knew that my mother was on insulin, so I remember making that call. She was the one who said, "Okay. Well, esta bién." You know, "It's okay. You're going to be okay." And so, I gave it a try. And you know, it wasn't so bad.

I did start with a vial and syringe, just like my parents. But once I started taking Lantus® with the SoloSTAR® pen, I remember thinking, "I can do this." For me, it's a lot easier to use than the vial and syringe.

With a SoloSTAR® pen, it's easy to fit it into my routine. Everything's alI together in one neat package. So before I go to bed, I take my contacts out, I wash my face, check my blood sugar level, eat something if I have to, and take my Lantus®.

NARRATOR VO: Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others. Test your blood sugar levels while using insulin and do not to make any changes without talking to your doctor.

JULIE: It's once a day and it's part of my routine.

Changes in Diet and Exercise

JULIE: As I learned about diabetes, I learned that controlling blood sugar is more than taking medications like Lantus® SoloSTAR®. It's also about changing your eating habits and how you exercise.

JULIE: Food has always been an important part of my family and my community. It brings us together. It's a part of our tradition.

My mother taught me how to make tamales. We would cook plates and plates of tamales.

Eventually, I realized that I didn't have to give up the foods that I loved. Even my tamales. I needed to limit the amount that I ate. So instead of eating a whole plate of tamales like I used to, now I just eat a few.

I also try to substitute some of the ingredients to make it a little healthier for us. Instead of lard, I use vegetable oil. And for browning rice, I use some cooking spray.

I will tell you a little secret, though. I still love the sweet bread that you get in a Mexican bakery. The smell is just overpowering, and so rich and delicious. So I haven't stopped eating it. But now, one piece of bread will last me 3 or 4 days, because I eat just a little at a time. It's just enough to satisfy me.

JULIE: Usually, my husband and I will take our dog, Nitro, out for a good, long walk in the park, or sometimes just around the neighborhood, and if I feel like I've eaten too much that day, I may even walk extra.

We walk a lot. It's how we both unwind after work, and we get to spend more time together.

Life With Lantus®

JULIE: For me, blood sugar control is a balancing act between what I eat, how much I exercise, taking my diabetes medications including Lantus® once a day, and enjoying my culture and traditions.

It's about balancing all these things and finding what works for me.

JULIE: So if you take the time to learn what you can do, you may realize that small changes, like the ones I made, can make it more manageable.

I have to say, I'm proud of what I've accomplished, and that I can be there for my husband, my kids, and my community.

I've embraced my new lifestyle and I'm dedicated to helping others achieve blood sugar control.

When I think about how insulin was introduced to me, I think, "Gosh, why didn't I do this sooner?" And I tell people, "You know what? Esta bien. It'll be all right. Keep your chin up. Talk to your doctor. Insulin can really help bring blood sugar into your target range. It was the right choice for me."

Life Is My Passion

JULIE: Sure, diabetes has changed my life, but not in the way you might think. Because now I take better care of myself than I did before my diagnosis.

Being more aware of my food choices has become a priority.

My son and my daughter say, "This is the way we should have been eating a long time ago." And I say, "I know, I know."

We try to eat healthy and make small changes that can mean a lot. This helps us eat what we like but in smaller portions.

And I tell people, you don't have to choose between your culture and what works for your health, you have to make some changes to find the right balance.

Life is my passion. So I choose to take care of myself. And that includes taking Lantus® once a day before bedtime.

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

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.

The health information contained herein is provided for general educational purposes only. Your healthcare professional is the single best source of information regarding your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health or treatment.