A good way to track your progress and recognize patterns that affect your blood sugar levels over time is by maintaining your daily log.
Aside from keeping track of your blood sugar levels, remember to write down anything that’s outside of your normal routine. If you notice unusual symptoms or an unexpected change in your numbers, please call your healthcare professional. What you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat can all affect your blood glucose levels. So can exercise and stress. All this information will help your doctor recommend how to adjust your treatment plan if it becomes necessary.
You’ll also notice that your blood sugar readings vary. That’s ok. Blood sugar levels always vary. They vary from person to person and from time to time in the same person. Speak to your doctor about what ranges are right for you.
Check Your Level
Your doctor will tell you when and how often to check your blood sugar.
Write It Down
Fill in the date and time of your blood check as well as your Lantus® dose.
Make notes on exercise, food, or any unusual occurrences, such as symptoms or stress in your life.
A Helpful Tip From a CDE
Rather than thinking of your blood sugar as good, bad, or worse, think of your blood sugar as controlled or uncontrolled.
No matter what you have to do to get and keep your blood sugar under control—meal planning, physical activity, and/or medicine—it is worth the effort.
Remember to bring your log to your next appointment and to call your healthcare professional if you notice major changes in your blood sugar levels.
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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 reuse needles or share insulin pens even if the needle has been changed.
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 certain medicines 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 of heart failure, including:
Tell your doctor about all medications you take, including OTC medicines, vitamins, and supplements, including herbal supplements.
Toujeo® should be taken at the same time once a day. Test your blood sugar levels daily while using insulin, including Toujeo®. Do not make changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your doctor. Verify you have the correct insulin before each injection. 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 can be 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 serious side effects that can lead to death, such as severe allergic reactions. 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® is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Talk to your doctor about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that comes with the pen.