Lantus - what it is
Lantus, active ingredient insulin glargine, is a medicine that your doctor may prescribe to help treat conditions that include:
- Adult and children's type one diabetes
- Adult onset or type two diabetes in adults
Lantus is insulin that has been designed to be taken once daily as it is long acting.
Who is it made by?
Sanofi-Aventis is the maker of Lantus.
Research has found that a single dose of Lantus daily allows the insulin levels to stay steady for 24 hours. In this time there are no spikes. In theory, this might be helpful in reducing the chance of experiencing hypoglycemia which can be dangerous.
Lantus Possible side effects
As can happen with all medicines, there is the chance that you will experience side effects while being treated by Lantus. Not everyone who is treated with this drug will have side effects as it is generally tolerated well. If you do notice side effects, they usually are mild and need very little treatment. Serious side effects are not often reported.
Potential side effects can include:
- Low levels of blood sugar
- Reaction at the site of injection
- Pitting or thickening at the site of injection
What to tell your doctor
If you have any of the following, you should talk to your doctor:
- Liver failure, hepatitis or cirrhosis
- An insulin pump
- Renal failure or other kind of kidney disease
- Any allergies to preservatives, dyes or foods