Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

A nurse or other trained health professional may give you this medicine. You may also be taught how to give your medicine at home. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin.

Each package of insulin glargine contains a patient information sheet. Read this sheet carefully and make sure you understand:

  • How to prepare the medicine.
  • How to inject the medicine.
  • How to dispose of syringes, needles, and injection devices.

It is best to use a different place on the body for each injection (eg, under the skin of your abdomen or stomach, thigh, or upper arm). If you have questions about this, contact a member of your health care team.

Since insulin glargine lowers the blood glucose over 24 hours, it should be taken once daily at bedtime.

The insulin solution should look clear and colorless. Do not use insulin glargine if it is cloudy or thickened.

Follow carefully the special meal plan your doctor gave you. This is the most important part of controlling your condition, and is necessary if the medicine is to work properly. Also, exercise regularly and test for sugar in your blood or urine as directed.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For injection dosage form:
    • Lantus®:
      • For type 2 diabetes mellitus:
        • Adults and children 6 years of age and older—Dose is based on your blood sugar and must be determined by your doctor.
        • Children younger than 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • Toujeo®:
      • For type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus:
        • Adults—Dose is based on your blood sugar and must be determined by your doctor.
        • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store unused cartridge or SoloStar® prefilled pens in the refrigerator. Protect from light. Do not freeze.

The SoloStar® prefilled pen that you are currently using should not be refrigerated. You should store the pen at room temperature, away from direct heat and light. Throw away any opened prefilled pen after 28 days.

After a cartridge has been inserted into a pen, store the cartridge and pen at room temperature, not in the refrigerator.