Fitting Lantus® Into Your Routine
Being consistent with your schedule may help you be more successful at managing
your blood sugar.
A successful routine includes:
Injecting your Lantus® SoloSTAR® at the same time every day
Checking your blood sugar regularly and keeping a log
Keeping your supplies together in a safe place
Learning how to balance diet, exercise, and insulin
Tips to Help You Remember
Bring A Log With You
If you take Lantus® at night, you might leave a note on your nightstand. If you
take it in the morning, leave your Lantus® near your toothbrush.
Always carry your
blood sugar log with you or get a blood sugar monitor with a built-in memory
and record your numbers in your log later.
It also helps to be consistent in how you organize your supplies. For example, keep
your non-refrigerated supplies all together in one place—say, a kitchen or
bathroom cabinet, a linen closet, or a dresser drawer in your bedroom—out
of reach of children, of course.
Stay organized when you’re at home or while you’re away
Keep a small bag with all your non-refrigerated supplies stored in one place. You’ll
easily find what you need when you’re at home, and it makes it easy to travel with,
too. Your bag can hold your:
- Test strips, antibacterial control solutions, back-up meter, extra batteries
- Alcohol swabs, syringes, bacterial wipes
- Glucose tablets or hard candy for lows
As for the unopened insulin, many people keep it in the butter compartment in the
Balance Your Diet, Exercise, and Insulin
Since eating right and getting exercise are also important parts of helping to manage your
diabetes, it helps to develop a balanced diet and exercise schedule. But, of course,
check with your doctor first if you’re thinking of starting or changing any diet
or exercise routine, because that may affect your insulin needs.
Get the right information at the right time
The Lantus® Day by Day Guide offers you valuable information and helpful tips to help you get on track — and help you stay on track — with your Lantus® insulin treatment.
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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
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
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 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.
Tell your doctor about other medicines 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 liver or kidney problems,
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to
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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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.