Diabetes makes your body less able to use the foods you eat as sources of energy. As a result, food sugar (glucose) builds up in the blood. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can damage your blood vessels and kidneys. By managing diabetes, you can maintain a healthy blood sugar (blood glucose) level and slow or prevent kidney damage. Test your blood glucose level as often as directed. Talk with your healthcare provider if your glucose level is often under
Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Dry them thoroughly.
Follow directions for placing a test strip in the meter.
Prick the side of your finger with a lancet. Squeeze your finger gently until you get enough blood. If you are unable to get enough blood, hold your hand down at your side and gently shake it.
Place a drop of blood on the test trip according to your meter’s instructions.
Read and record your results.
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Indications and Usage for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)
Prescription Lantus® is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and children (6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.
Do not use Lantus® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.
Important Safety Information for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)
Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus®.
You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.
Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.
The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life threatening.
Tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking because they can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have liver or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed.
Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.
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Too Little Glucose
If your glucose is too low, you may get a headache or feel hungry, weak, shaky, dizzy, sweaty, or nervous. Check your glucose level. If it is too low, do the following:
Eat a fast-acting sugar, such as
6hard candies, 1/2cup juice, or 3–4glucose tablets.
If you’re not feeling better in
15minutes, test your glucose again.
If your glucose is still too low, eat another dose of fast-acting sugar. If you aren’t better after that, seek medical help.
Too Much Glucose
If your glucose is too high, you may feel thirsty, weak, dizzy, or nauseated. You may also have blurry vision or need to urinate often. Check your glucose level. If it is too high, do the following:
Drink a sugar-free liquid, such as water or diet soda.
Take extra insulin or medication if your doctor has told you to do so.
Call your healthcare provider if you are not feeling better within an hour.