Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

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.

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 (e.g., abdomen, 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

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.

  • For injection dosage form:
    • For type 2 diabetes mellitus:
      • Adults, teenagers, and children 6 years of age or older—The dose is based on your blood sugar and must be determined by your doctor.
      • Children up to 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

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