YOUR DOCTOR SAID IT’S TIME FOR INSULIN
Understand your options. Insulin is a hormone made in your body. If your doctor mentioned insulin, it can mean your body is no longer making, or is having trouble using, its own insulin. Millions of people count on once-daily Lantus® to help lower their blood sugar. Take your 5 Point Profile and talk to your doctor to find out which insulin may be right for you.
Lantus® SoloSTAR® Video – Mary Ellen
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 regularly...to 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 or just out to eat with my mom I take my insulin with me in case I need mealtime insulin and 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.
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MARY ELLEN’S JOURNEY STARTS HERE
“If I’d known that adding insulin would help me lower my blood sugar, I would have agreed sooner.”
MARY ELLEN, TREATING WITH LANTUS SINCE 2007
Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes treatment plan. 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.
FIRST, IT HELPS TO UNDERSTAND WHY YOU MAY NEED INSULIN.
The body releases insulin to help you keep your blood sugar stable. If your body is unable to produce the insulin you need, your doctor may prescribe a long-acting insulin like Lantus. Here’s why:
PROVEN TO LOWER A1C
Along with diet and exercise, Lantus can help reduce A1C
TWO WAYS TO INJECT LANTUS
You can inject Lantus by using a SoloStar® injection pen, or a vial and syringe
LANTUS SOLOSTAR® PEN USES A SMALL, THIN NEEDLE
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
EASY TO STORE
Once open, lasts for 4 weeks outside the fridge
ARE ALL LONG-ACTING INSULIN OPTIONS THE SAME?
The simple answer is no. So understanding the differences between insulin treatments is important. Developed by the makers of Lantus, Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection) 300 Units/mL is another once-daily, long-acting insulin option that could be right for you.
Here’s how Lantus and Toujeo compare:
HOW LANTUS AND TOUJEO ARE THE SAME
The most frequently prescribed injection pen
at the same time you choose, each day
5-second hold time vs 10 seconds for Lantus
Fewer injections for some patients
Once opened, lasts up to 42 days without refrigeration
Prescription Toujeo® is a long-acting insulin used to control blood sugar in adults with diabetes mellitus.
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:
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:
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.
If you are a patient experiencing problems with a Sanofi US product, please contact Sanofi US at 1-800-633-1610.
The health information contained herein is provided for general education 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.