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Interactive dosing calculator

Enter the weight to calculate the suggested starting dose for your insulin-naive patients starting Lantus® Please enter a weight between 110 lb and 505 lb
Weight (lb) / 2.2
= Kg x 0.2 = Unitsa
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a Units of Lantus® are rounded down to the nearest whole unit. (From Lantus® Prescribing Information.)

Lantus® dosing1

  • The recommended starting dose of Lantus® in patients with type 2 diabetes who are not currently treated with insulin is 0.2 Units/kg or up to 10 Units once daily. One may need to adjust the amount and timing of short- or rapid-acting insulins and dosages of any oral anti-diabetic drugs
  • Individualize and adjust the dosage of Lantus® based on the individual’s metabolic needs, blood glucose monitoring results, and glycemic control goal
  • Administer Lantus® subcutaneously once a day at any time of the day, but at the same time every day
  • Converting from other insulin therapies may require adjustment of timing and dose of Lantus®
  • Closely monitor glucose values, especially upon converting to Lantus® and during the initial weeks thereafter
  • Dosage adjustments may be needed with changes in physical activity, changes in meal patterns, during acute illness, or changes in renal or hepatic function

Two options to start Lantus®1

Weight-based dosing 0.2 Units/kg per day
Start with 10 Units of basal insulin per day

Start Lantus® at an appropriate dose for each patient1

For patients with type 1 diabetes, the recommended starting dose of Lantus® should be approximately 1/3 of the total daily insulin requirements.

For patients with type 1 diabetes, Lantus® must be used with a short-acting insulin. For insulin-naive patients with type 2 diabetes, the recommended starting dose is 10 Units (or 0.2 Units/kg) once daily, and should be adjusted to the patients' needs to reach appropriate FPG target (ie, 100 mg/dL or individualized goal).

Initiating Lantus® in insulin-naive and switched patients1


Initiating Lantus®

Insulin-naive patients

Add 10 Units, or 0.2 Units/kg, to OADs

Switch NPH once-daily patients to

1 Unit: 1 Unit

Switch NPH twice-daily patients to

80% of total daily NPH dosea

Switch premix patients to

80% of intermediate-acting portion of premix a

a To reduce the risk of hypoglycemia. 1


Efficacy and safety with once-daily dosing View the efficacy and safety of Lantus® with once-daily dosing