Lantus is a medication used to treat type 1 insulin dependent or type 2 non insulin dependent diabetes. This medication is a man-made form of natural hormone that is used to lower levels of glucose in blood.
Store at room temperature. Protect from light.””In use”” vials or cartridges not yet loaded into the OptiClick can also be stored in the refrigerator, but must be used within 28 days. Do not refrigerate an in-use OptiClik or a cartridge that is inserted into the OptiClik. Do not freeze Lantus. If frozen throw away the medication.
Before using this medicine, tell your health care provider about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; if you are taking any prescription medicine, nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.
Do not share Lantus injection pen or cartridge with another person because it can allow diseases such as hepatitis or HIV to pass from one person to antoher. Watch for signs of low and high blood sugar. This medication is part of a complete program of treatment such as diet, exercise, weight control, foot care, eye care, dental care, and blood sugar tests. Follow the routines closely, if any of these factors are changed, your blood sugar level can be affected.
Do not mix Lantus with other insulins. Lantus is prescribed as an injection (shot) under the skin. Make sure you have a good understanding of the process on how to give the injection and how to properly dispose the used needles and syringes, do not self inject this medicine on your own. This medication should be thin, clear, and colorless. If you see that it has changed colors or has particles in it, do not use the medication and have your doctor give you a new prescription. When injecting the medication, choose a different skin area every time you use Lantus. Do not inject the medication into the same skin area two times in a row. Dispose the needle after use immediately, do not reuse. The needle needs to be disposed in a puncture-proof container. Make sure it is out of reach of children and pets.
Do not take Lantus if you are allergic to insulin glargine.
Most severe: Itching skin rash over the entire body, wheezing, trouble breathing, fast heart rate, sweating, or feeling like you might pass out.
Most common: Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) symptoms such as headache, nausea, hunger, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, blurred vision, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, trouble concentrating, confusion, or seizure (convulsions).