"Miriam E. Tucker
Medscape Medical News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now require a "for single patient use only" warning on all multidose pen devices used for injectable diabetes medications.
Lantus Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is insulin glargine (Lantus)?
- What are the possible side effects of insulin glargine (Lantus)?
- What is the most important information I should know about insulin glargine (Lantus)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using insulin glargine (Lantus)?
- How should I use insulin glargine (Lantus)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Lantus)?
- What happens if I overdose (Lantus)?
- What should I avoid while using insulin glargine (Lantus)?
- What other drugs will affect insulin glargine (Lantus)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Lantus)?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose. You should not use more than one dose in a 24-hour period unless your doctor tells you to.
Keep insulin glargine on hand at all times. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
What happens if I overdose (Lantus)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An insulin overdose can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia.
What should I avoid while using insulin glargine (Lantus)?
Do not change the brand of insulin glargine or syringe you are using without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It lowers blood sugar and may interfere with your diabetes treatment.
What other drugs will affect insulin glargine (Lantus)?
Using certain medicines can make it harder for you to tell when you have low blood sugar. Tell your doctor if you use any of the following:
- albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin);
- clonidine (Catapres);
- reserpine; or
- a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), and others.
There are many other medicines that can increase or decrease the effects of insulin glargine on lowering your blood sugar. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about insulin glargine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Lantus Information
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- Lantus Side Effects Center
- Lantus Overview including Precautions
- Lantus FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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