Insulin Glargine Lantus

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How To Use The Lantus® Solostar® Pen

Please check the leaflet for the insulin for complete instructions on how to store SoloSTAR®. If your SoloSTAR® is in cool storage, take it out 1 to 2 hours before you inject to allow it to warm up. Cold insulin is more painful to inject. Keep SoloSTAR® out of the reach and sight of children. Keep your SoloSTAR® in cool storage (36°F–46°F [2°C–8°C]) until first use. Do not allow it to freeze. Do not put it next to the freezer compartment of your refrigerator, or next to a freezer pack. Once you take your SoloSTAR® out of cool storage, for use or as a spare, you can use it for up to 28 days. During this time it can be safely kept at room temperature up to 86°F (30°C). Do not use it after this time. SoloSTAR® in use must not be stored in a refrigerator. Do not use SoloSTAR® after the expiration date printed on the label of the pen or on the carton. Protect SoloSTAR® from light. Discard your used SoloSTAR® as required by your local authorities. Protect your SoloSTAR® from dust and dirt. You can clean the outside of your SoloSTAR® by wiping it with a damp cloth. Do not soak, wash, or lubricate the pen as this may damage it. Your SoloSTAR® is designed to work accur Continue reading >>

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  1. Chelle D

    Doc put me on Novolog Flex pen with meals (sliding scale). Gave me samples while I was waiting for mail order paperwork to be processed out.
    Both of the pen samples from doc worked great. I kept frigerated until opened..etc. The package also contained 7 pen needles with the package. I used those pen needles with the sample pens. And I got a box of pen needles from the doc = 32g.
    So, I finally got my box of 5 pens from the mail order. I was still in the middle of second sample pen, so I didn't "use" any of the insulin from the mail order company. I did inspect them, opened box & saw that I got 5 pens, & no needles. (I now have a standing order with company for 31g needles.. but did not fill yet, due to the box I got from doc.). When product came in, I had 24hrs to confirm that I got the package & no damage. I uncapped each pen to make sure the glass vial inside did not look cracked, or frozen (they mailed with ice packs). All looked fine. Expiration good until 08/2014. So I confirm.
    Now.. The other day, I start the first pen from mail order. The needles from doc box, look different (smaller needle?) from the ones that came with sample pens. I primed & made sure a small dropplet comes out of needle end. Dial to my dosage, and go to inject. Now the needle is shorter, so I dont think it's getting into fat cells as far in. I push the end in.. Clicks seem fine & move a little.. until the last click. It's almost like the last click "feels empty" like it didn't really push plunger farther.
    Didn't control blood sugars as well either. So, I figure I'll just dial to 4 units & treat it as 3 units. Still next dosing doesn't control same as the first pens doc gave me.
    I'm wondering.. .Is it the needles? ie - the shorter needle not getting fully into the fat cell & still sitting in derma layer of skin?
    Or maybe the 32 g is too narrow & the pressure of skin not letting all droplets enter body as they should? Wondering if it's worth paying the money to have the 31g needles sent? like the insulin will be able to flow better into the fat cells?
    Or IS it the pens/insulin it self? ie- that somehow they gave me bad product? Or, that the pens they give doctors office "work better" .. so you say, Yes, I'll use this.. Then, once the prescription starts, then you get the pens that are made for after sale market. (less quality).
    IF it is that the insulin has gone bad... does that mean i'm S.O.L.? That All 5 pens are junk now?
    Does anyone have experience with getting one pen out of the box bad & rest good? Does anyone else have problem with the final unit "click" when pushing pen plunger, doesn't feel like it works same as other clicks??
    If I order the 31g needles, will it flow the insulin better into my body with less pressure on the plunger??
    Just trying to think of the best solution, as insurance would not cover another set of pens for 10 more weeks, And I cannot afford the cost alone.
    Please answer if you have experience with Novolog (flex) pens. Thanks so much. any advice welcome.

  2. patricia52

    With the smaller needle you may need to let the needle stay in your skin for a few more seconds. Did you notice if insulin was still coming out of the needle after you removed it from your skin. Are you injecting in a different place. I think I read that insulin absorbs fasted if injected in the stomach, medium speed if in the fat on the arm, and slowest if injected in the fat on the thigh. Another variable is are you eating more carbs or changed your exercise routine.

  3. Chelle D

    I know that one day, I ate more carbs (well, drank more...= +5 lite beers)... plus some of the party snack food.
    But other days I've eaten same or less than I normally do. BS's just don't seem to come down as fast as the docs sample pens.
    Is there a way to see if the company put 70/30 mix in the vial instead of all quick acting? Is 70/30 just as clear as the Novolog Flex?
    Yes, tiny dropplets of insulin still come out of the needle tip after I inject. It did with the samples too, but I learned to leave pen in an extra 10 seconds to let more of it absorb. I'm pretty sure I'm leaving it in the same amount.
    Should I be clicking slower & leaving pen in longer with the smaller guage& shorter needle?? If that will fix things, I'd be happy to adjust timing. Or happy to order the 31 guage needles if they will work better.
    I'm just afraid if all of the 5 pens don't work same as I'm used to.

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