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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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Talking It Out With Tim

Title: Talk It Out With Tim

Super: Tim Taking Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) SoloSTAR® since 2007.

Tim: Hello, everyone. I'm Tim. And welcome to "Talk It Out."

Super: Lantus® MENTOR

Tim: There's a lot to account for when you're living with type 2 diabetes. Sometimes it helps to talk it out. Now, I'd like to welcome Elizabeth DeRobertis. Elizabeth, I'd like for you to explain to us what you do as a CDEa.

Elizabeth: Sure. Well, CDE stands for Certified Diabetes Educator;

Super: Certified Diabetes Educator

Elizabeth: And a CDE is a health care professional, and this is a person that has specialized training in diabetes. So it's very important that if someone has diabetes, that they have a CDE as part of their health care team.

Super: "Certified Diabetes Educator" and "CDE" are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US (or your official designation). NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.

Tim: Thanks, Elizabeth. Okay. It's time for us to check our daily mail. Today's question comes from Sadie in Newburgh, NY. And Sadie writes: "Dear Tim: Why does my dose keep changing every time I go to the doctor?" Elizabeth, would you like to weigh in on that for us?

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

Elizabeth: Sure.

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

Elizabeth: Sadie, it's perfectly normal for your dosage of insulin to change when you go to the doctor, especially if you've recently started on insulin. So it's really important that you help your health care team to adjust your insulin. You can do this by taking notes. You can write down what you eat. You can write down your blood glucose. You can write down how much insulin you're taking.

Super: Take notes: what you eat, blood glucose, insulin dose

Elizabeth: And then you'll work with your health care team to adjust your insulin.

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

Elizabeth: It's also important to realize that your dosage of insulin may not stay the same.

Tim: And, you can download a blood sugar log right here at the Lantus Connection® site.

Super: Download a blood sugar log

Elizabeth: Well, thank you for your question, Sadie, and good luck. Let's take another e-mail. This one comes from Alfred from Spokane, Washington. "Dear Tim: I have three kids, two jobs, one dog, and zero time for me. How can I possibly keep my diet on track?"

Tim: Well, Alfred, I have two words for you: "meal planning." You plan all other parts of your life. You set an alarm to wake you up in the morning. You go to work at a certain time, and you plan to get home at a certain time. So why not plan your meals ahead of time?

Elizabeth: That's a great idea, and I always say that we don't have enough willpower to do this on willpower alone, but we could all make an effective plan. So here are three simple meal planning strategies. The first is, think about what you're going to eat the next day.

Super: Meal Planning Tips/ What will you eat tomorrow?

Elizabeth: The next thing that you can do is plan to bring lunch with you.

Super: Bring lunch with you.

Elizabeth: The third thing that you could do is plan to have healthy snacks.

Super: Plan healthy snacks.

Tim: Thanks, Elizabeth. Those are great tips. Let's take a live question from a caller. Who's on the line?

Alexandra: Hi, Tim. This is Alexandra from Dade County, Florida.

Tim: Hi, Alexandra. What do you want to talk out today?

Alexandra: Well, my dad has diabetes and he's always complaining about his treatment plan. There are just too many steps and he can't keep up.

Tim: Oh, Alexandra, I think you know what we have here. It sounds like to me your dad is throwing himself a good old-fashioned pity party,

Super: No Pity Party symbols

Tim: and you know we don't want him to do that. Alexandra, even though we're kidding here, it's important that your dad has a positive attitude.

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

Tim: And you can help him by reminding him about the keys to staying on top of his treatment plan, such as setting goals, taking small steps, and planning ahead. Well, folks, that's all we have time for today. Thanks for joining us, and until next time, remember: it never hurts to talk it out.

Title: Download a blood sugar log @ lantusconnection.com/log

Title: Tim's Tips for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection):

  1. It's important to test your blood sugar levels. Your dose may increase based on your insulin needs. Your dose will probably change during your first few months taking Lantus®.

    This is not uncommon. It's very important to work with your treating healthcare professional to find the dose that's right for you.

  2. Tracking your blood sugar is a great tool to help make decisions about your diabetes treatment plan.

    Checking your blood sugar helps you know if you're getting the right dose of Lantus® for your insulin needs. Do not make changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare professional.

  3. Help get the most from your treatment by making healthy choices.

    Remember that Lantus® works best as a part of an overall diabetes treatment plan. This plan includes a healthy diet and regular exercise, as well as other diabetes medications.

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.

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.