Lantus Insulin Solostar Pen
Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR Pens contain injectable insulin glargine, a form of regular human insulin modified to increase the duration of action. It is also known as basal insulin, as it provides insulin coverage consistently for a full day after a single daily injection. Every package of the Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR Pen has five insulin pens with 3ml of insulin glargine with 100 units/ml concentration.
What is Lantus SoloSTAR Pen used for?
Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR Pen is used for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus and neonatal diabetes mellitus. Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR Pens are typically used with hypoglycemic medications such as metformin and other insulin injection types such as fast-acting (e.g. insulin aspart) or intermediate-acting insulin (e.g. insulin aspart protamine). This is to help ensure that the blood sugar levels remain within the normal range throughout the day, especially after meals. It is made available in two forms
– 10 mL multiple-dose Lantus Glargine Insulin Vial
– 3 mL single-patient use Lantus Insulin Solostar pen.
Why use Lantus SoloSTAR Pen?
Insulin glargine in the Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR Pen has a relatively consistent concentration over time that closely mimics the normal physiological release of insulin in the human body so that patients can expect a lower risk of hypoglycemia. Additionally, the pen can be used with ultra-fine needles that make the injection process less painful. The dosing window is printed in large font and displayed clearly, which helps ensure the correct Lantus Insulin dose. The turn-based mechanism to adjust the Lantus Insulin dose and the push-button injection feature is ergonomically constructed to ensure ease of use.
Insulin glargine permits a once-daily administration. As a result, it has less variability in its action in different patients and has a significantly lower risk of hypoglycemia, especially nocturnal and severe hypoglycemia. Patients on other forms of insulin are also more prone to weight gain issues. You can also receive greater discounts if you buy more than one Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR Pen at a time.
It is made available in two forms
– 10 mL multiple-dose Lantus Glargine Insulin Vial
– 3 mL single-patient use Lantus Solostar pen.
How does Lantus work?
Lantus works in two ways to control blood glucose.
- By stimulating peripheral glucose uptake from skeletal muscle and fat.
- By inhibiting hepatic glucose production.
How to use LANTUS Pen?
Lantus Insulin Cartridge is used for treating type 2 diabetes (adults) and type 1 diabetes adults and pediatric patients (children six years and older) along with proper diabetic diet, exercise, and weight management. The dose of the drug may vary for different patients. The medicine should be taken during or immediately after a meal. You should always follow your doctor’s advice about taking it.
Even if the needle has been replaced, never share your LANTUS Insulin SoloStar pen with a Lantus Insulin Cartridge. You can spread a serious infection to other individuals or catch a serious infection from them. Without assistance from someone who has been trained to use the LANTUS Insulin SoloStar prefilled pen, individuals who are blind or have vision issues should not use the SoloStar with Lantus Insulin Cartridge.
LANTUS Insulin SoloStar is an injectable prefilled disposable Lantus Insulin Cartridge. You can choose Lantus Insulin doses in increments of 1 unit from 1 to 80. Each dose causes the Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR plunger to move. The plunger won’t advance all the way to the Lantus Insulin Cartridge’s end until 300 LANTUS units have been administered.
What is the dosage of Lantus?
The recommended starting dosage of LANTUS
- For Type 1 diabetes, the dosage is approximately one-third of the total daily insulin requirements. It is recommended to use another short-acting insulin, premeal insulin, to help satisfy the remainder of the daily insulin requirements.
- For Type 2 Diabetes, it is 0.2 units/kg or up to 10 units once daily.
Switching to LANTUS from Other Insulin Therapies
Dosage adjustments are recommended to lower the risk of hypoglycemia when switching patients to LANTUS from other insulin therapies.
When switching from:
- Once-daily TOUJEO (insulin glargine 300 units/mL) to once-daily LANTUS (100 units/mL), (Initially, LANTUS dosage is 80% of the TOUJEO dosage that is being discontinued)
- Once-daily NPH insulin to once-daily LANTUS if NPH is being discontinued.
- Twice-daily NPH insulin to once-daily LANTUS, 80% of the total NPH dosage that is being discontinued.
Note: Do not alter the medication your doctor has prescribed if you find something different from the ones listed here. You must take this medication strictly as your doctor has advised.
Warnings and Precautions while using Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR
Along with medication, a proper diabetic diet, exercise, and weight management are vital to control your diabetes. In addition, the blood sugar level can change in many situations, like mental stress or other illnesses. As a result, your doctor may modify your dose.
If you are skipping a meal or exercising strenuously, drinking alcohol, or taking other antidiabetic medicine, Lantus may cause low blood sugar, especially in elderly patients.
What are Side Effects of Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR
Along with the medicinal effect, every medicine has its side effects. Common negative effects of Lantus are :
- Upper respiratory tract infection
- Edema peripheral
- Pain in extremity
- Back pain
- Urinary tract infection
Possible other side effects of Lantus Insulin SoloSTAR are as follows:
- Peripheral Edema – sodium retention and Edema, notably if previously poor metabolic control was improved by intensified insulin therapy.
- Lipodystrophy – Administration of insulin may result lipoatrophy – depression in the skin or lipohypertrophy – enlargement or thickening of tissue)
- Insulin Initiation and Intensification of Glucose Control
- Intensification – associated with a transitory, reversible ophthalmologic refraction disorder, worsening of diabetic retinopathy, and acute painful peripheral neuropathy.
- Weight Gain – attributed to the anabolic effects of insulin
There may be some other possible side effects. Consult your doctor immediately for medical advice about side effects that start to bother you.
Remember that regular physical exercise is crucial to treating diabetes or managing prediabetes, along with your diet planning, weight management, and medications. Because your cells become more responsive to insulin while you are active, your blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, can be lowered more successfully. Take your medications regularly and follow up with your healthcare specialist.