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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Day 4: Lifestyle and Diabetes Medications: A Balancing Act

Blood sugar rises and falls depending on how much you eat, how much you exercise, and how consistently you're taking your medicine. So it's important to keep it all in balance.

That's why this Day by Day Guide gradually introduces you to one thing at a time. It makes changes easier to fit into your routine.

What's the right balance for you?

Of course, everyone's treatment program is different. What's balanced for someone else doesn't mean it's balanced for you. Blood sugar levels always vary. From person to person—and in each person they can vary from time to time. Speak to your doctor about what ranges are right for you. Only by working with your doctor to make small changes to your insulin, other diabetes medications, and lifestyle balance can you effectively work toward improving blood sugar control.

Food

Improving your food choices is a very important thing you can do to help keep your blood sugar under control. Work with your healthcare team to create a meal plan. Your plan should include a well-balanced diet that focuses on foods rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber instead of processed food. It should also include foods you have a passion for, so you don't feel like you're depriving yourself.

Carbohydrates, or carbs, in the food you eat have the biggest impact on your blood sugar levels. Foods high in carbohydrates are rice, pasta, potatoes, peas, corn, and beans, such as pinto beans and black-eyed peas, along with fruits, milk, yogurt, and sweets.

Watching your carbs, managing your portions, and keeping a blood sugar log can help you with your blood sugar levels. Choosing foods carefully, you can learn to fit any food into your recommended meal plan.


Exercise

Getting regular exercise is important. Here's what exercise can do for you:

1

Lower your blood sugar levels

Sugar is stored in muscles. When you exercise, your muscles work harder, and as they work, they use the stored sugar. As the sugar stored in muscles runs low, sugar is "pulled" from the blood to be used as energy.

2

Help your body use insulin more efficiently

Your muscles and other tissues use insulin more easily when you exercise. With physical activity, less insulin is needed to move sugar out of the blood and into muscle cells.

Before starting any exercise program, talk to your healthcare team.


Lantus®

Staying with a daily schedule is an important way to balance food, exercise, other diabetes medications, and Lantus®. So take the time to eat right, make physical activity part of your daily routine, and take your Lantus® at the same time each day. Think of it as another daily activity to do after you brush your teeth, or when you take another medicine or a daily vitamin.

Lantus® SoloStar® Pen

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.

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.
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