Lantus® is also available in the prefilled SoloSTAR® pen. You can watch another video that shows you all the steps to use the SoloSTAR® pen.
Remove the cap—If you are using a new vial, remove the protective cap. Do not remove the stopper.
Sterilize the top—Wipe the top of the vial with an alcohol swab.
Inject air into the vial—Draw air into the syringe that is equal to your insulin dose.
Put the needle through the rubber top of the vial and push the plunger to inject the air into the vial.
Draw up the dose—Leave the syringe in the vial and turn both upside down. Hold the syringe and vial firmly in one hand. Make sure the tip of the needle is in the insulin. With your free hand, pull the plunger to withdraw the correct dose into the syringe.
Check for bubbles—Before you take the needle out of the vial, check the syringe for air bubbles.
Tap to release—If bubbles are in the medicine, hold the syringe straight up and tap the side of the syringe until the bubbles float to the top.
Eject the air—Push the bubbles out with the plunger and draw insulin back in until you have the correct dose.
Remove the needle—Remove the needle from the vial. Do not let the needle touch anything. You’re now ready to inject.
Pick your spot—Decide on an injection area: either upper arm, thigh, or abdomen. Injection sites within an injection area must be different from one injection to the next.
Clean your skin—Use rubbing alcohol to clean the skin where you are going to inject. Alcohol can sometimes sting if it’s not completely dry when you inject, so wait a few seconds for it to evaporate or pat the area dry with a sterile cotton ball.
Pinch a fold of skin—Pinch the skin and hold it. Insert the needle the way your healthcare professional showed you.
Administer insulin—Slowly push in the plunger of the syringe all the way, making sure you have injected all the insulin. Leave the needle in the skin for 10 seconds.
Apply light pressure—Pull the needle straight out and gently press on the spot where you injected yourself for several seconds. Don’t rub the area.
Discard materials safely— Follow your healthcare professional’s instructions for throwing away the needle and syringe.
To make sure you get the right dose of insulin, always use a U-100 insulin syringe. (Your pharmacist can help you make sure you have the right syringe.) If you have trouble seeing the volume lines on a syringe, ask your healthcare team or pharmacist for a magnifying device that can help.
*Based on TRx data from IMS Health, NPATM monthly database, time period from May 2003 to September 2016.