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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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Day 1: How to Store Lantus®

In order to use Lantus® safely, it needs to be stored properly.

Do's
Refrigerate prior to opening

Before opening, store Lantus® in the refrigerator (36°F - 46°F). Keep pens in their outer package.

Storing unopened Lantus®

It can be refrigerated until the expiration date. Once the expiration date has passed, it should be thrown away. You can store unopened Lantus® at room temperature for up to 28 days. It must be used or discarded within 28 days.

Remove Lantus® from refrigerator prior to injection

Before you inject Lantus®, remove it from the refrigerator for an hour or two—cold insulin can be more painful to inject.

Don'ts
Do not freeze Lantus®

Do not allow Lantus® to freeze. Do not put it in a freezer or next to a freezer pack. If you see frost or ice crystals in your Lantus® solution, throw it away.

Keep Lantus® away from direct heat and light

Do not expose Lantus® to direct heat and light.

Do's
Keep pen at room temperature once in use

Once in use, don't refrigerate the Lantus® SoloSTAR® pen. Keep it at room temperature only (below 86°F).

Vials can be refrigerated or kept at room temperature

Lantus® vials can be either refrigerated or kept at room temperature (no greater than 85°F) for 28 days after first use.

Throw away opened Lantus® after 28 days

After 28 days, throw your opened Lantus® away—even if it still has insulin in it.

Don'ts
Keep Lantus® away from direct heat and light

Do not expose Lantus® to direct heat and light.

Do not leave Lantus® in a hot or freezing car

Don't leave Lantus® in a hot car in direct sun, or in a freezing car overnight. If it gets too hot or freezes, it will have to be thrown away.

Do's
Placed used sharps in sharps containers

Place used sharps in sharps containers, which you can buy at your local drugstore.

You can also use a strong plastic container

If a sharps container isn't available, use a strong plastic bottle that cannot be punctured, such as a bleach or laundry detergent bottle. Make sure the cap is on tight. When you're ready to dispose of the bottle, put tape over the cap and write "SHARPS" on the bottle.

Dispose of sharps container appropriately

Take your sharps container to appropriate collection sites that may include doctors' offices, hospitals, pharmacies, health departments, fire stations, or other locations.

Don'ts
Do not put used sharps in trash or recycling

Don't put loose used sharps or used sharps containers in the trash or with the recyclables.

Do not flush used sharps down the toilet

Don't flush used sharps down the toilet or drop them into a sewer drain.

Do not put used sharps in containers that can be broken or punctured

Don't put used sharps in soda cans, milk cartons, glass bottles, or containers that can be broken or punctured. (Don't use coffee cans, either, since the thin plastic lids can come off easily and they may leak.)

Do not clip, bend or re-cap used sharps

Don't clip, bend, or put the cap back on used sharps.

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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.
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