Generic Name: insulin glargine (IN su lin GLAR gine)
Brand Name: Basaglar KwikPen, Lantus, Lantus Solostar Pen, Toujeo SoloStar
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Oct 3, 2018 – Written by Cerner Multum
What is Basaglar KwikPen?
Basaglar KwikPen is a long-acting insulin that starts to work several hours after injection and keeps working evenly for 24 hours.
Basaglar KwikPen is used to improve blood sugar control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus. This medicine is used to treat type 1 or type 2 diabetes in adults, and type 1 diabetes children who are at least 6 years old.
Staying organized is key to beginning and keeping a good routine. Below are a few tips to help make storage a breeze.
- Stay sharp. Put all of your used needles in a sharps container, not the trash.
- Shut the fridge. When you get your prescription, store unused Pens in your fridge at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). If your iceberg lettuce is beginning to look like an iceberg, your fridge is probably too cold. Don’t freeze your Pen or use it if it’s been frozen. Once you begin injecting with a Pen, store it at room temperature up to 86°F (30°C) and throw it away after 28 days.
- Stock up. Always be prepared. Keep plenty of needles, test strips, lancets, and alcohol swabs handy for injections and emergencies.
Transitioning from Lantus® (insulin glargine injection) to BASAGLAR® (insulin glargine injection) 100 units/mL
If you’re familiar with Lantus, here are some things you should know
In a clinical study,* BASAGLAR lowered blood sugar (A1C) as well as Lantus (approved in the US and outside the US).
BASAGLAR is taken once a day at the same time each day, whenever is most convenient for you.
BASAGLAR works over 24 hours to lower your blood sugar.
Learn how to use the BASAGLAR KwikPen®
Heart failure can occur if you are taking insulin together with medicines called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), even if you have never had heart failure or other heart problems. If you already have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with BASAGLAR. Your treatment with TZDs and BASAGLAR may need to be changed or stopped by your doctor if you have new or worsening heart failure. Tell your doctor if you have any new or worsening symptoms of heart failure, including:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of your ankles or feet
- Sudden weight gain
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Blood sugar expectations
CHANGES ARE NORMAL
It’s normal for your blood sugar to change over time, so your dose of BASAGLAR may change over time, too. Your doctor will start you on a dose that’s right for you and adjust it as needed. Make sure to ask your healthcare provider how often you should test your blood sugar. That way, you can keep an eye on your levels and make changes when needed.
It’s important to know the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) so if it does happen, you’re ready to treat it. Remember, blood sugar below 70 mg/dL is too low. Below you’ll find a handy rule of thumb to treat low blood sugar, but make sure to treat low blood sugar like your healthcare provider told you.
If you have low blood sugar and can swallow:
- Eat or drink something with 15 grams of carbs (like 1/2 cup of fruit juice)
- Wait 15 minutes and test again
- If your level is below 70 mg/dL, repeat these steps
- If it’s still below 70 mg/dL after another 15 minutes, call your healthcare provider or 911 if needed
- Once your blood sugar is back to normal, have a small snack if your next meal is more than 1 hour away
Low blood sugar symptoms can include:
- Blurred Vision
- Mood Change
- Slurred Speech
- Fast Heartbeat
Insulin glargine is use with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Insulin glargine is a man-made product that is similar to human insulin. Again, It replaces the insulin that your body would normally make. Also, It acts longer than regular insulin, providing a low, steady level of insulin. It works by helping blood sugar (glucose) get into cells so your body can use it for energy. Insulin glargine may be use with a shorter-acting insulin product. It may also be use alone or with other diabetes drugs.
Basaglar is found effective in improving blood sugar levels in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
A person’s response to diabetes treatment is often measure by testing hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). This measurement shows your average blood sugar levels over the past two to three months. The American Diabetes Association recommends a HbA1c goal of less than 7.0% for most adults.
How to use this medication
This product must be injected under the skin (subcutaneously):
- clean the tip of the pen with an alcohol swab and attach a needle;
- select the required dose;
- clean the skin at the injection site with an alcohol swab;
- pinch the skin and inject the insulin into the fold. If you use a short needle, pinching the skin may not be necessary, ask your pharmacist;
- wait a few days before injecting the same site again.
Keep the pen you are using at room temperature and discard it after 28 days. Unopen pen should be store in the refrigerator.
Use this medication regularly and continuously to maintain its beneficial effects. Insulin users should be aware of the symptoms of low blood sugar, which include confusion, headache, hunger, irritability, palpitations, rapid breathing, cold sweats and shakiness. These symptoms require immediate treatment, to bring your blood sugar back up to a safe level. This can be done with a quick source of sugar, such as 3 glucose tablets, a tablespoon of jam or honey, 6 to 8 jellybeans or LifeSavers, a tablespoon of sugar, or 1/2 – 3/4 cup of non-diet soft drink. Inform your doctor if these symptoms have occurred, as it may mean that your diet and/or medication needs to be adjusted.
Insulin users must check their blood sugar levels regularly using an appropriate device.
Dispose of used syringes and needles safely. Your pharmacist can tell you the best way to do this. In order not to cause hypoglycemia, avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Do not drink alcohol on an empty stomach.