You should not use Lantus if you are allergic to insulin, or if you are having an episode of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment). Lantus is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old, and some brands are for use only in adults.
What blood sugar is too low to give insulin?
Hypoglycemia needs immediate treatment when blood sugar levels are low. For many people, a fasting blood sugar of 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 3.9 millimoles per liter (mmol/L), or below should serve as an alert for hypoglycemia.
At what blood sugar should insulin be held?
Insulin is usually recommended as the initial therapy for diabetes if a person’s HbA1c level at diagnosis is greater than 10% or if someone’s fasting blood glucose level is consistently above 250 mg/dl.
Do Type 2 diabetics take Lantus?
Lantus is approved to treat adults with type 2 diabetes. Levemir is approved to treat both children and adults with type 2 diabetes. Lantus and Levemir are both long-acting insulins.
Can Lantus cause low blood sugar?
Does Lantus insulin raise or lower blood sugar levels? Lantus lowers high blood sugar levels. Lantus (insulin glargine) is the man made form of a long acting insulin that is given by injection to diabetic patients, to lower their high blood sugar levels.
When should you not take Lantus?
Do not take Lantus during episodes of low blood sugar or if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus. Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes with others.
Do you check blood sugar before Lantus?
It’s important to test your blood sugar levels. Your dose may increase based on your insulin needs. Your dose will probably change during your first few months taking Lantus®.
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.
What is the sliding scale for insulin?
The term “sliding scale” refers to the progressive increase in pre-meal or nighttime insulin doses. The term “sliding scale” refers to the progressive increase in the pre-meal or nighttime insulin dose, based on pre-defined blood glucose ranges. Sliding scale insulin regimens approximate daily insulin requirements.
Can you take metFORMIN and insulin together?
Interactions between your drugs
Using metFORMIN together with insulin can increase the risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. You may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring of your blood sugar to safely use both medications.
What is a cheaper alternative to Lantus?
Basaglar contains the same kind of insulin as Lantus (insulin glargine), and while it is cheaper—Basaglar costs about 15% less than Lantus—it is still expensive, with a cash price of around $450 for a 30-day supply.
Is 80 units of Lantus too much?
It is possible that the “maximum” of 50 units is derived from the technical limitations of the 1/2 mL syringe. The Lantus SoloStar disposable pen has a maximum “dial-able” dose of 80 units. Aside from this technical maximum, there is no mention of a maximum dose in the package insert.
Is 10 units of Lantus a lot?
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 antidiabetic drugs.
Can too much Lantus raise blood sugar?
It comes with serious risks if you don’t use it as prescribed. If you don’t use it at all or skip or miss doses: You may have high blood sugar, which may lead to serious health effects. If you use too much: If you use too much insulin glargine, you may have mild or life-threatening low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Should you hold Lantus for low blood sugar?
Lantus® is contraindicated during episodes of hypoglycemia and in patients hypersensitive to insulin glargine or one of its excipients.
What are the side effects of taking Lantus insulin?
Other common side effects of Lantus include pain, redness, swelling, itching, or thickening of the skin at the injection site.
What Are Side Effects of Lantus?
- trouble concentrating,
- rapid breathing,