Frequent question: Does lantus need to be primed?

Lantus SoloStar should be primed before each use, this is sometimes called a safety test. This should be done to remove any bubbles, to ensure that the pen is working properly and that the device can administer the dose of insulin required. Dial a dose of 2 units by turning the dosage selector clockwise.

Do insulin pens need to be primed every time?

Priming means removing air bubbles from the needle, and ensures that the needle is open and working. The pen must be primed before each injection.

What happens if you don’t Prime insulin?

Prime before each injection.

Priming your Pen means removing the air from the Needle and Cartridge that may collect during normal use and ensures that the Pen is working correctly. If you do not prime before each injection, you may get too much or too little insulin.

How do you administer Lantus?

Lantus® may be injected in the abdomen, upper arm, or thigh. Remember to rotate injection sites. The abdomen is the preferred injection site for the AutoShield Duo. This location facilitates proper injection technique—such as keeping the pen at the proper 90 degree angle.

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Does lantus need to be shaken?

Lantus is a clear solution that does not require shaking before use. Your doctor, pharmacist or diabetes educator will have shown you how to use Lantus.

How do I know if my insulin pen is empty?

Press the injection button. You should see a drop of insulin on the tip of the pen. If you do not see a drop, change the needle and repeat this step. If you do not see a drop after you repeat this step 3 times, use a new pen.

Can I reuse insulin pen needles?

Some people with diabetes use their insulin syringes and lancets more than once to save money. But makers of syringes and lancets do not recommend using them more than once. Talk with your doctor before reusing these items.

Can you inject insulin wrong?

Incorrect administration of insulin (e.g., too little, too much, or at the wrong times) can result in both transient and serious hypo- and hyperglycemia, wide glycemic excursions, severe hypoglycemia, and DKA.

Why are my insulin needles bending?

Injecting into a muscle causes the insulin to work much faster. Today’s needles are so thin (and therefore painless) that if you aren’t injecting straight in, you could potentially bend the needle. If the needle is bent, you may not get all of the insulin that is being injected.

How many times can you use a insulin pen needle?

Insulin pen needles should be used only once; they should be removed and discarded after an injection.

How do you prime a Lantus pen?

4. How to prime Lantus SoloStar

  1. Dial a dose of 2 units by turning the dosage selector clockwise.
  2. Take off the outer needle cap and keep for re-capping purposes, and remove the inner needle cap which you should discard.
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Does Lantus pen need to be refrigerated?

After its first use, don’t refrigerate the Lantus SoloStar pen. Keep it at room temperature only (below 86°F). After 28 days, throw your opened Lantus pen away—even if it still has insulin in it. Keep Lantus away from direct heat and light.

Should I eat before or after taking Lantus insulin?

Lantus works continuously in the background and does not need you to eat food when you inject it at your usual time.

Why is Lantus given at night?

Lantus is designed to give a steady level of insulin over 24 hours, even when you are not eating such as between meals and overnight. This helps keep blood glucose levels consistent during the day and at night.

How long can Lantus pen be unrefrigerated?

Unopened and stored in this manner, these products maintain potency until the expiration date on the package. Insulin products contained in vials or cartridges supplied by the manufacturers (opened or unopened) may be left unrefrigerated at a temperature between 59°F and 86°F for up to 28 days and continue to work.

Can you give Lantus if blood sugar is low?

You should not use Lantus if you are having an episode of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment). Never share a Lantus SoloStar pen or cartridge with another person.