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Whether you are switching to Lantus®, or considering another option, it’s helpful to know that over time, diabetes may change as your body changes. What worked for you in the past, may not work now. Clinically proven, once-daily, long-acting Lantus may help you take the next step toward blood sugar control.

But there are other options from the makers of Lantus. Answer a few questions and talk to your doctor about what option may be right for you.

Title: Meet Mary Ellen

Super: Mary Ellen, Taking Lantus® (insulin glargine injection) 100 Units/mL SoloSTAR® since 2007

Mary Ellen: Hi, I'm Mary Ellen, and I have type 2 diabetes. I'm married and I have three children, and I live in the Bronx.

I like to conserve trees in the Adirondacks. I'm active in scouting. I like to do hiking. I like to take my mom out to eat.

I like walking my dog, which is one of many rescues that my family has.

I also like to play pool with my children, and sometimes I actually win.

I've learned that it's very important to take care of myself first, because if I'm not healthy and I don't take care of myself first, then I can't take care of others.

Title: Running Scared From Diagnosis

Mary Ellen: Before I was diagnosed, I was tired all the time. I needed to eat every three hours and then every two hours, and I really couldn't get out of bed some days, and I was blaming it on some other health conditions that I have.

I had a lot of family members that had diabetes. My grandmother had diabetes, and she took insulin. She would cry, she'd get very emotional when she had to take her shots, and she'd get reactions to the shots. And I just grew up hearing all these things.

My family believed a lot of myths about taking insulin… "If you're on insulin, your diabetes is terrible and you're really, really ill"; "Insulin was the last resort …”

Finally, I decided that I could not be in denial anymore because I had to start taking care of myself.

Title: Uncontrolled Blood Sugar

Mary Ellen: Well, I started out with my diabetes medications. First I did just only diet and exercise. When that didn't work, my doctor added a diabetes pill. Then I started with two pills, and switched pills, and then that still did not get my blood sugar under control.

I did see an endocrinologist who is a diabetes specialist, and he showed me how to control my blood sugars better.

He recommended that the first thing I should do would be to lose weight, and I did lose some weight, but it was very difficult, and it wasn't enough.

I realized then that if I was to be able to take care of my family, that I had to take care of myself, and I decided to take control of my uncontrolled blood sugar.

Title: Getting Help

Mary Ellen: I decided that the way I was going with just the diet, exercise, and oral pills was not the way to treat diabetes because it was not controlling my blood sugar. Something had to be added.

Finally, my doctor and I decided to consider insulin.

… I thought there would be all sorts of problems with my lifestyle, which was very active.

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

Mary Ellen: And my doctor explained to me that there was an insulin I could take once a day, and I said, "Gee, I can do that."

And then, my blood sugar started to get under control.

Mary Ellen: I was on insulin about four years before I switched over to the Lantus® SoloSTAR® pen.

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

Title: Changing Perceptions

Mary Ellen: I had wonderful conversations with a certified diabetes educator. She changed all of my preconceptions about insulin overnight. She showed me how to do an injection, which I found was really relatively painless. I was really surprised.

Super: Individual discomfort levels may vary.

Mary Ellen: My certified diabetes educator showed me how important it was to test my blood sugar write it down, to keep a log. She told me what to do if I had a low blood sugar reaction.

And I also thought it was really wonderful that she was able to work with me, with my meal preferences, to design a meal plan that I could live with.

She showed me how to balance the foods I ate, how to use exchange lists published by the American Diabetes Association. And this was something that I was able to do.

Title: Today’s Advantage

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

Mary Ellen: I feel it’s much easier to manage my blood sugar today than my grandmother's time through diet and exercise and oral medications and the insulin that my doctor has told me to take.

We have so many great tools. We have insulin that we can bring with us anywhere in a pen.

I can test my blood sugar at any time. I can do this at home…

When I go hiking, I always take snacks just in case I have a low blood sugar reaction, and I'm prepared to do anything that I'd like to do.

Title: Sense of Accomplishment

Mary Ellen: Through the years, I did gradually lose weight, but I've done a lot better with that recently because I've been taking care of my mom, and I've been running up and down stairs all day, and that's really been the difference.

I do walk my dog in the evenings and that helps me actually to relax.

I lived with uncontrolled blood sugar for at least nine years, and when I did finally get control of my blood sugar, it gave me such a sense of accomplishment.

I'm still involved with scouting. I'm a Merit Badge counselor and I do actually train other scout leaders. I also enjoy hiking; and I do everything I like with my family. I'm an active person. I have to take care of them, too. I have to drive people everywhere. I’m, you know, "Mom's Taxi.”

Title: It’s Never Too Late

Mary Ellen: I believe that every failure is a learning experience, and I've learned from my failures how to be successful.

I am so very happy that I've been able to manage my blood sugars.

I think it's important for me to tell my story because it's never too late to get control of high blood sugars.

The key to staying in control is balance. I take things one day at a time, one step at a time, and one dose at a time.

Super: Please click below for additional Important Safety Information.

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“I switched to Lantus because it lasts for 24 hours and helps me control my blood sugar better.”


Individual results may vary.


If eligible, you’ll get a $0* copay on Lantus for 12 months,

even if it’s not covered by your commercial insurance.

*Subject to eligibility. Restrictions apply.


If you pay full retail price for your prescription, we have an offer for you, too.

*Subject to eligibility. Restrictions apply.




Along with diet and exercise, Lantus can help reduce A1C


You can inject Lantus by using a SoloStar® injection pen or a vial and syringe


The pen can use the smallest insulin needle currently made for insulin pens


One dose at the same time each day works all day and night


Once open, lasts for 4 weeks outside the fridge


Check out the “How to Use” video, learn about adjusting your dose, and more.



You may be struggling with managing your diabetes, or just wanting to explore other options. Does one of these describe you?

Do you need proven A1C reduction and stable blood sugar levels? Learn more

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Taking charge of your diabetes is about having a real dialogue with your doctor so you can both decide on your next treatment option.

What is Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection) 300 Units/mL?

Prescription Toujeo® is a long-acting insulin used to control blood sugar in adults with diabetes mellitus.

  • Toujeo® contains 3 times as much insulin in 1 mL as standard insulin (100 Units/mL)
  • Toujeo® is not for use to treat diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Toujeo® should not be used in children

Important Safety Information for Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection) 300 Units/mL

Do not take Toujeo® if you have low blood sugar or if you are allergic to insulin or any of the ingredients in Toujeo®.

Do NOT share your pen(s) with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.

Before starting Toujeo®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have liver or kidney problems, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.

Heart failure can occur if you are taking insulin together with pills called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), even if you have never had heart failure or other heart problems. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Toujeo®. Your treatment with TZDs and Toujeo® may need to be changed or stopped by your doctor if you have new or worsening heart failure. Tell your doctor if you have any new or worsening symptoms, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Swelling of your ankles or feet

Tell your doctor about all the medications you take, including OTC medicines, vitamins, supplements, and herbal supplements.

Toujeo® should be taken at the same time once a day. Test your blood sugar levels daily while using any insulin. Do not change your dose or type of insulin without talking to your doctor. Verify that you have the correct insulin before each injection. Do NOT use a syringe to remove Toujeo® from your pen. Your dose for Toujeo® may be different from other insulins you have taken. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.

Do NOT dilute or mix Toujeo® with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Use Toujeo® only if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible.

While using Toujeo®, do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Toujeo® affects you. Don’t drink alcohol or use other medicines that contain alcohol.

The most common side effect of any insulin, including Toujeo®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious and life-threatening. Severe hypoglycemia may cause harm to your heart or brain. Symptoms of serious low blood sugar may include shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision.

Toujeo® may cause severe allergic reactions that can lead to death. Get medical help right away if you have:

  • A rash over your whole body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of your face, tongue, or throat
  • Extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Sweating

Toujeo® may have additional side effects including swelling, weight gain, low potassium, and injection site reactions, which may include change in fat tissue, skin thickening, redness, swelling, and itching.

Toujeo® SoloStar® and Toujeo® Max SoloStar® are disposable prefilled insulin pens. It is important to perform a safety test when using a new pen for the first time. Talk to your doctor about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that comes with the pen.

SOLIQUA 100/33 is an injectable prescription medicine that contains 2 diabetes medicines, insulin glargine and lixisenatide, that may improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults with type 2 diabetes, when used with diet and exercise in people who are not controlled with long-acting (basal) insulin (less than 60 units daily) or lixisenatide.

  • It has not been studied in people with a history of pancreatitis.
  • It is not recommended for people who also take lixisenatide or other medicines called GLP-1 receptor agonists.
  • It is not for use in people with type 1 diabetes, diabetic ketoacidosis, or who have a stomach problem that causes slow emptying (gastroparesis).
  • It has not been studied together with short-acting insulin.
  • It is not known if SOLIQUA 100/33 is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.

Important Safety Information for SOLIQUA® 100/33 (insulin glargine and lixisenatide injection) 100 Units/mL and 33 mcg/mL

What is the most important information I should know about SOLIQUA 100/33?

Do not share your SOLIQUA 100/33 pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed.

SOLIQUA 100/33 can cause serious side effects, including inflammation of the pancreas, which may be life-threatening.

Before using SOLIQUA 100/33, tell your doctor if you have had pancreatitis, stones in your gallbladder, or a history of alcoholism. These medical problems may make you more likely to get pancreatitis. Stop taking SOLIQUA 100/33 and call your healthcare provider right away if you have pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that is severe, and will not go away. The pain may be felt in the back area. The pain may happen with or without vomiting.

Who should not use SOLIQUA 100/33?

Do not use SOLIQUA 100/33 if you are having an episode of low blood sugar or if you are allergic to insulin glargine, lixisenatide, or any of the ingredients in SOLIQUA 100/33.

Tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have or have had problems with your pancreas, your kidneys, or your liver, stones in your gallbladder, or a history of alcoholism.
  • have heart failure or other heart problems. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs (thiazolidinediones).
  • have severe problems with your stomach, such as slowed emptying of your stomach or problems digesting food.
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant or to breastfeed. It is not known if SOLIQUA 100/33 will harm your unborn baby or pass into your breast milk.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. SOLIQUA 100/33 may affect the way some medicines work. Before using SOLIQUA 100/33, talk to your healthcare provider about low blood sugar and how to manage it.

How should I use SOLIQUA 100/33?

  • Do not change your dose without first talking to your healthcare provider.
  • Check the pen label each time you inject to make sure you are using the correct medicine.
  • Do not take more than 60 units of SOLIQUA 100/33 each day. Do not take SOLIQUA 100/33 with other GLP-1 receptor agonists.
  • Only use SOLIQUA 100/33 that is clear and colorless to almost colorless. If you see small particles, return it to your pharmacy for replacement.
  • Do not remove SOLIQUA 100/33 from the pen with a syringe.
  • Do not re-use or share needles with other people. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your healthcare provider what your blood sugar should be and when you should check.

SOLIQUA 100/33 may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Serious allergic reactions. Stop taking SOLIQUA 100/33 and get help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, problems breathing or swallowing, severe rash or itching, fainting or feeling dizzy, and very rapid heartbeat.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Your risk for getting low blood sugar is higher if you take another medicine that can cause low blood sugar. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, weakness, irritability, hunger, sweating, fast heartbeat, and feeling jittery.
  • Kidney problems (kidney failure). In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration), which may worsen kidney problems.
  • Low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia).
  • Heart failure. Taking certain diabetes pills called TZDs (thiazolidinediones) with SOLIQUA 100/33 may cause heart failure in some people. This can happen even if you have never had heart failure or heart problems before. If you already have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with SOLIQUA 100/33. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new or worse symptoms of heart failure, including shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet, sudden weight gain.

The most common side effects of SOLIQUA 100/33 may include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), stuffy or runny nose and sore throat, upper respiratory tract infection, headache, allergic reactions, nausea, and diarrhea. Nausea and diarrhea usually happen more often when you start using SOLIQUA 100/33.