LANTUS contain insulin glargine which belongs to a group of medicine called long-acting insulins. It is a modified insulin, very similar to human insulin. It is used to treat diabetes mellitus in adults, adolescents and children aged 2 years and above. Diabetes mellitus is a disease where your body does not produce enough insulin to control the level of blood sugar. It has a long and steady blood-sugar-lowering action.
Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting your doctor. If you stop taking this medicine, your blood sugar levels may rise very high which may put you at risk of serious complications. It is only a part of the treatment program that should also include a healthy diet, regular exercise and weight reduction as advised by your doctor. Do not use this medicine when you have low blood sugar levels. Before starting the treatment, inform your doctor if you have ever had kidney, liver, or heart problems. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should consult their doctor before taking this medicine. This medicine can be used in adolescents and children aged 2 years and above.
USES OF LANTUS:
Treat diabetes mellitus
HOW LANTUS WORKS:
It works like your body’s natural insulin. Insulin facilitate reuptake of sugar in muscle and fat cells and also suppress the production of sugar in the liver.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
LANTUS injected under the skin. Your doctor will decide the dose and frequency depending on your condition.
SIDE EFFECTS OF LANTUS:
• Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
• Severe allergic reactions (including rash and itching all over the body)
• Severe swelling of skin or mucous membranes (angioedema)
• Shortness of breath, fall in blood pressure with rapid heartbeat and sweating
• Skin and allergic reactions at the injection site (including reddening, unusually intense pain when injecting, itching, hives, swelling or inflammation)
• Eye reaction marked change (improvement or worsening) in your blood sugar control can disturb your vision temporarily. Proliferative retinopathy (an eye disease related to diabetes) severe hypoglycaemic attacks may cause temporary loss of vision
• General disorder in rare case, insulin treatment may also cause temporary build-up of water in the body, with swelling in the calves and ankles
HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS:
Take regular bath. Use creams, lotion, or gels. Avoid scratching. Reduce stress.
Apply an icepack or cold compress. Reduce your salt intake. Try to eat a balanced diet.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS:
LANTUS should be used with caution in pregnant women. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
LANTUS should be used with caution in breast feeding women. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
DRIVING AND USING MACHINES
Do not drive or operate any machine while taking this medicine since it may cause hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, and eyesight problems.
Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with LANTUS.
LANTUS should be used with caution in patients suffering from active kidney diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.
LANTUS should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver function impairment or active liver diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.
Do not take LANTUS if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to insulin glargine or any other ingredients in this medicine.
LANTUS should be used with caution in patients suffering from active heart diseases. Consult your doctor for advice.
Talk to your doctor, if you are taking,
Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor (used to treat certain heart conditions or high blood pressure)
Fluoxetine, monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (used to treat depression)
Pentoxifylline, propoxyphene, salicylate (used to relieve pain and lower fever)
Sulfonamide antibiotics (used to treat infection)
Corticosteroids (used to treat inflammation)
Danazol (medicine acting on ovulation)
Glucagon (used to treat severe hypoglycaemia)
Isoniazid (used to treat tuberculosis)
Lithium salts (used to treat psychiatric disorders)
Pentamidine (used to treat some infection caused by parasite)
Drug : Insulin glargine
Pharmacological Category : Insulin, Long-acting
Therapeutic Indication : Diabetes mellitus
Dosage Forms : Injection
Store in a refrigerator at 2-8°C and keep out of reach of children. Do not freeze.
FAQ’s ABOUT LANTUS:
Q: What is the use of LANTUS?
A: It is used to treat diabetes mellitus.
Q: How LANTUS works?
A: It works like your body’s natural insulin. Insulin facilitate reuptake of sugar in muscle and fat cells and also suppress the production of sugar in the liver.
Q: Can I take LANTUS during pregnancy?
A: It should be used with caution in pregnant women. Consult your doctor before taking.