Drug information provided by: IBM 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 the skin of your stomach, thigh, or upper arm.
Always check the label before use, to make sure you have the correct type of insulin. Do not change the brand, type, or concentration unless your doctor tells you to. If you use a pump or other device, make sure the insulin is made for that device.
Always double-check both the concentration (strength) of your insulin and your dose. Concentration and dose are not the same. The dose is how many units of insulin you will use. The concentration tells how many units of insulin are in each milliliter (mL), such as 100 units/mL (U-100), but this does not mean you will use 100 units at a time.
Each package of Semglee® 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.
If you use this medicine at home, you will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas. Do not use the exact same spot for each injection. This will help prevent skin problems from the injections.
Since this medicine lowers the blood glucose over 24 hours, it should be injected once daily at bedtime. It is best to use it at about the same time every day.
This medicine should be clear and colorless before you use it. Do not use it if it looks cloudy colored, or has particles in it. Do not shake the vial. Do not mix this medicine with any other insulin or with water.
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.
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 (solution):
For type 1 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.
For 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.
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.
Unopened medicine: Store the vials and pens in the refrigerator. You may store the medicine at room temperature for 28 days. Protect from light. Do not freeze.
Opened vials: Store in the refrigerator or at room temperature in a cool place, away from sunlight and heat. Use within 28 days.
Opened prefilled pens: Store at room temperature, away from direct heat and light. Do not refrigerate. Throw away any opened pen after 28 days.
Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.