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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.

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Shenee: Controlling Her Diabetes Has Helped Her to Inspire Others

Title: Meet Shenee

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

Shenee: Hi. I'm Shenee Poe from Auburn, Washington. I enjoy bowling with my family... actually, I bowl with my husband more. My daughter bowls with us sometimes, but mostly it's my husband and myself, that we do a lot of bowling together.

I go fishing with my entire family. We started fishing when we were young kids, and my parents would always take us out. So we all go fishing together.

Other things that I like to do is, I like to read a lot ... I try to help my husband in the yard some and …I love to cook. There was a couple of things when I was growing up that I said I wanted to do, and be a nurse, be a chef and a photographer was on that list.

My husband and I cook a lot together. I really like different things -- new exotic stuff … we'll just prepare something out of the blue, or we'll just open up a cookbook and say, "Okay, let's just try this."

Title: Warning Signs

Shenee: I first experienced symptoms of type 2 diabetes on a Labor Day weekend, when we were going camping and I realized I was having these excruciating leg cramps, and I couldn't figure out what was going on.

My husband tried to massage them out, and it wouldn't help. Nothing helped. It was extremely painful.

I thought about going to the hospital after the first half an hour and I couldn't figure out what was going on and I couldn't get rid of them. I wanted to avoid going to the hospital just because I didn't want the wait; I didn't want to embarrass myself if it wasn't something important.

Being a nurse, I noticed the signs and symptoms of a person with diabetes. So, my husband's a diabetic, so I decided to check my blood sugar. So I asked him for his meter, and we checked it, and it was around 320. I knew at that point something was wrong.

Title: Confirmed Diagnosis

Shenee: I called my doctor the moment we got back, and I let him know that I thought I had diabetes. When I went into the doctor's office, he ran a series of blood tests, and the one for diabetes did come back high.

When I told my daughter and my husband that I had diabetes, my daughter just said, "Okay, Mom. You're still Mom." It was like I didn't change, even though I thought I had.

When I talked to my doctor about options, we talked about oral medication. We talked about healthy eating and exercising more. I did know what the impact of diabetes was, and I was extremely scared. Being a nurse, I know the things that can happen if it's not controlled, and I know what can happen if it is controlled. So, I was really concerned about it.

As a nurse, I found it a little harder to cope with because I could always tell people what to do, but now I actually had to walk in their shoes and do it myself.

Title: Breaking Old Habits & Creating New Ones

Shenee: When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I had to change my eating habits. I have to think about the things that I eat more. I have to think about, is it lean? Is it healthier? I'm more carb-conscious. I had to change from eating a lot of fried foods, a lot of sweets.

My doctor suggested in my diabetes treatment plan that exercise and good eating worked hand-in-hand. I enjoy being more active with my husband and I wouldn't want that to change.

I started doing yoga with some girls from work. It's different. It's more of a meditation. You kind of meditate with yoga. You kind of breathe. You kind of relax. It's taking some of the stress off of you.

Exercise definitely changes your insulin needs, so that's why it's important to talk to your doctor and let them know what you're doing so that they can help you adjust appropriately.

Title: Adding Insulin to My Treatment Plan

Shenee: I realized insulin was the right choice for me when my doctor said it may lower my blood sugars.

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

Shenee: He also explained the potential risk when taking insulin such as low blood sugars, which can be serious.

I do have to remind myself a lot to check my blood sugars.

Super: Test your blood sugar levels while using insulin and do not make any changes without talking to your doctor.

Shenee: I think it's the sticking myself with the needle. There is a big difference in showing someone how to check it and checking it yourself. You show them and you don't feel that, but when you have to check it yourself, you feel what they feel.

It took a little while, but as…I got used to it after a couple weeks, insulin blended into my normal routine well.

After my doctor and I chose to add insulin to my diabetes treatment plan, my blood sugar levels were at the goal that we set. My doctor's reaction to my blood sugar levels after adding insulin was amazing.

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

Shenee: He was happy that I could get my levels down that low.

The advice that I give my patients is to exercise, eat right, and take their medications, and now I follow my own advice.

Title: A Mentor to Others

Shenee: Being a person with diabetes, I have become a patient mentor, and what that means is, I have learned how to control my blood sugars, and I like to help other people try to do the same thing with theirs. Being a patient mentor has affected my life because it keeps me honest. It keeps me focused on my blood sugars, and I know that I'm in control of my blood sugars. That makes me feel so good that I can help other people try to do the same thing by lowering their blood sugars.

There is a personal connection when it's two people with diabetes. You understand each other. I notice that once I had diabetes and would talk to other people, they would listen more. We could communicate more. We had more of a common goal with each other.

How does it feel to be a patient mentor? It is such an exhilarating feeling to know that you are affecting other people's lives, that they're listening to your story and getting hope. It's nothing I would have ever imagined.

Title: Building a Support System

Shenee: For someone with diabetes, having a support system is very important.

My personal support system is my husband and my daughter because they're the closest people to me. They know my weaknesses. They can tell when I need help. So, those are the people that I choose for my support system.

Since I'm a nurse, I work with a lot of other doctors and nurses, and believe it or not, they keep me on my toes. They kind of watch what is brought in whenever we have lunch, so they kind of ... it's kind of a network of, "Let's look out for Shenee even though she doesn't know we're doing it."

Title: Don't Give Up

Shenee: The advice I would give someone who, umm, doesn't have good control of their blood sugar is, "Don't give up. Just keep at it, one day at a time. See your doctor, and just don't give up."

I think it's important to tell others my story because they need to know there's someone out there just like them -- someone who's gotten their blood sugars under control, and they can do it also.

It feels great to be in control of my blood sugars. It feels like I have accomplished something. It makes me feel good about myself.

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.