Using Lantus – How Safe It Is and How Exactly Does it Work?

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Insulin made by Sanofi Pharmaceuticals under the brand name Lantus is a basal insulin analog with a lengthy action time. Since it was originally granted clearance by the FDA in 2000, it has seen widespread application all over the world. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be treated successfully with this medication. But how exactly does Lantus work, and what kind of negative consequences does it have?

We have compiled a brief overview covering all there is to know about Lantus, including the dose and recommendations. Continue reading down below!

How Long Do the Effects of Lantus Last?

When Lantus is injected, it causes the formation of crystals beneath the skin. It’s possible that these crystals will break down at varying speeds and come in a variety of sizes.

Lantus is effective for more than 24 hours in most people; however, it is only at the appropriate level in the body for between 16 and 20 hours. After an insulin treatment has worn off, the blood sugar levels may climb significantly for a few hours until the subsequent dose is administered. For this reason, many medical professionals advise dividing the dose and spacing the two halves of the medication out by 12 hours.

Keep in mind that it is absolutely necessary to discuss any health problems that you may have with your primary care physician in order to receive better assistance and advice!

Is it Possible to Combine Lantus with Other Insulins?

Never! The solution of Lantus insulin (pre-filled Solostar pen/ vial) has a pH of 4, making it an extremely acidic substance. Because of this, it maintains its liquid condition. You shouldn’t combine it in a syringe, and you definitely shouldn’t inject another type of insulin nearby.

Lantus: Side Effects

The primary adverse effects of insulin Lantus are the same as those of other types of insulin, and they include the following:

  • responses of hypersensitivity to insulin or the substances included in the solution
  • low blood sugar or hypoglycemia
  • weight gain
  • a condition known as lipohypertrophy may develop under the skin.

Lantus may also cause a burning sensation if a high volume of insulin is injected at once or if the insulin is administered to the surface of the skin rather than just beneath the skin’s surface. This would cause a lump to develop under the skin at the site where the insulin was administered. If you are using a 4mm needle, switching to a 5mm needle could help lessen any stinging feeling you might be experiencing.

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