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All You Need To Know About The Long Acting Insulin: Lantus

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Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it does make. People with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin every day, often up to 4 or 5 times per day. They may use a pump to deliver insulin which means they insert a new cannula (very fine plastic tube) under the skin every 2 to 3 days. Sometimes, people with type 2 diabetes also need to begin using insulin when diet, physical activity and tablets no longer effectively control their blood glucose levels. Having to start injecting insulin can be frightening. However, injecting insulin is much easier than most people imagine. One of it is the long-acting insulin: Insulin Glargine or Lantus.

What is Lantus and How Does it Work?

Lantus contains the drug insulin glargine, which is classified as a long-acting insulin. Lantus is given as an injection just under your skin (a subcutaneous injection). The drug comes as a solution inside 10-milliliter (mL) vials that hold 100 units of insulin glargine per mL. The vial is used with needles, which aren’t included with the vial. Lantus also comes as a prefilled Solostar pen and in Cartridge. Each pen or cartridge contains 3 mL of drug solution that has 100 units of insulin per mL of solution.

Lantus lowers blood sugar levels in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Lantus is made to work like natural insulin in your body. Insulin is a hormone that does the following: helps bring sugar from your blood into your cells, and the cells then use the sugar for energy, helps your muscles use sugar for energy, stops your liver from making more sugar, helps your body create proteins and store sugar as fat. This is how your body keeps your blood sugar at a safe level. In type 1 diabetes, your pancreas doesn’t make insulin. So you take medication, such as Lantus, to replace the insulin. In type 2 diabetes, your body’s cells don’t respond to insulin the way they should. Your pancreas may also stop making insulin, which would need to be replaced with medication. You may also need insulin if other drugs can’t control your blood sugar levels. Lantus replaces naturally occurring insulin for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Side Effects

Lantus side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergy reaction to Lantus: redness or swelling where an injection was given, itchy skin rash over the entire body, trouble breathing, fast heartbeats, feeling like you might pass out, or swelling in your tongue or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have: weight gain, swelling in your hands or feet, feeling short of breath; or signs of low potassium – leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, increased thirst or urination, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or limp feeling. Common Lantus side effects may include: low blood sugar; itching, mild skin rash; or thickening or hollowing of the skin where you injected the medicine. This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

How To Take Lantus?

Usually, you inject long-acting insulin once a day to keep your blood sugar levels steady. You use a needle or pen device to give yourself the injection. Be sure to inject your long-acting insulin at the same time every day to avoid lags in insulin coverage or “stacking” your insulin doses. Stacking means taking your doses too close together, causing their activity to overlap. Your doctor might recommend adding short-acting insulin before a meal to prevent a blood sugar spike after you eat. If you change brands of long-acting insulin, you may need a different dose. Talk to your doctor for advice if you change brands of any insulin.

When you eat, your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin. Insulin moves sugar (glucose) from your blood to your cells for energy or storage. If you take insulin, you may need some at mealtime to help lower your blood sugar after you eat. But even between meals, you need insulin in small amounts to help keep blood sugar stable. This is where long-acting insulin comes in. If you have diabetes, either your pancreas can’t produce enough (or any) insulin, or your cells can’t use it efficiently. To control your blood sugar, you need to replace or supplement the normal function of your pancreas with regular insulin injections. Insulin therapy can sometimes be demanding, but it’s an effective way to lower blood sugar levels. If you have any trouble with your insulin regimen, such as difficulty avoiding very low or very high blood sugar levels, be sure to talk to your doctor to see if any adjustments need to be made. By choosing an insulin regimen that fits your needs and lifestyle, you can prevent diabetes complications and lead an active, healthy life.

USA Script Helpers itself is not a Pharmacy. USA Script Helpers is an established Pharmacy Partner with over 10 years of experience in the online pharmaceutical industry. In conjunction with its contracted* licensed Pharmacy department, USA Script Helpers refers its customers to its’ contracted* Pharmacy department to ensure that Americans all across the USA have access to the medications they need. Whether it be tablet medications, topical creams, patches, various insulins including (Lantus SoloStar Pens, Lantus Vials, Lantus Cartridges, Humalog, Novolog etc.).

USA Script Helpers not only retails human medications but also pet medications. USA Script Helpers offers a variety of medications including both brand name and generic equivalent. USA Script Helpers is committed to providing safe medications that you can truly rely on. USA Script Helpers is open 365 days a year to ensure that customers have access to the customer support that they need. Call us today at 1 (888) 646-7749 or simply place your order online. When Medicare is out, count us in.

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