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High-alert Medications - Lantus (insulin Glargine)

The leaflets are FREELY available for download and can be reproduced for free distribution to consumers. Or, if you are a facility or organization, you can order professional pre-printed leaflets shipped directly to you. Extra care is needed because Lantus is a high-alert medicine. High-alert medicines have been proven to be safe and effective. But these medicines can cause serious injury if a mistake happens while taking them. This means that it is very important for you to know about this medicine and take it exactly as directed. Top 10 List of Safety Tips for Lantus When taking your medicine 1. Know your insulin. Lantus is a long-acting insulin that should be injected below the skin once daily as directed by your doctor. On rare occasions, your physician may direct you to take Lantus two times daily. Take Lantus the same time every day. 2. Prepare your insulin. A rapid- or short-acting insulin is often prescribed with Lantus. However, Lantus should never be mixed in the same syringe with other insulins before injection. Do not vigorously shake insulin before use. 3. Don't reuse or recycle. Dispose of used syringes/needles, pens, and lancets in a sealable hard plastic or metal co Continue reading >>

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  1. Celticannie

    Hello there
    Am a newbie here and am feeling very upset and rather overwhelmed -- my cat, Barnsley, has just been diagnosed with diabetes. My vet has prescribed 2 injections of Lantus insulin per day, 2 units at a time -- that is 4 units a day in total. I am horrified to find that Lantus seems only to be available in 10 ml vials at a cost of around $300 minimum -- and that's mail order, not from a local pharmacy! As I understand it, 10 ml equates to 1,000 units -- is that correct? But our pharmacist tells us that, once started, a vial is only okay for 28 days (information I see this site seems to agree with). 28 days at 4 units per day is 112 units -- and that's the total amount we could use from a vial -- that is, we would be forced to throw nearly nine tenths of it away! Have I understood this correctly? Why is it not available in smaller vials? (I see there are pens with 3 ml, but these looked to me like they are designed for single use only -- is this correct? Am I really going to have to pay $300 per month every month just for insulin -- and throw most of it away?! Help!

  2. BJM

    Welcome to FDMB.
    Feeding low carb over the counter canned may reduce the glucose by 100-200 mg/dL and thus reduce the amount of insulin needed or possibly help your cat become diet-controlled. What are you currently feeding?
    Also, vet stress at the office may raise glucose 100-180 mg/dL and vets often forget that.
    Many of our members order from Mark's Marine - have your vet fax the Rx there - it is about 1/3 the US cost. Get the pens - we use them like a mini-vial and use a syringe to withdraw the insulin, not the pen needles.
    We use it longer than 28 days, up to 6 months, by keeping it refrigerated on a stationary shelf.
    A starting dose of 2 units may be too high; many cats start on 1 unit. How much does your cat weigh?

  3. Chris & China

    As BJM has said, a LOT of us are buying our Lantus from Canada because it's 1/3rd the cost it is here in the states.
    With the pens, you just use regular insulin syringes and pull the insulin out of the pen.....Each pen holds 300 units (100 units per mL)
    Here's all the information on Marks in Canada, including prices and shipping info

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