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Lantus Solostar

Manufactured by: Sanofi Aventis

Lantus Solostar 1 Pre-filled pen x 3 ml cartriges / pack 100 IU /ml

Why is this medication prescribed?

Insulin degludec is used to treat type 1 diabetes (condition in which the body does not produce insulin and therefore cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood). It is also used to treat people with type 2 diabetes (condition in which the body does not use insulin normally and, therefore, cannot control the amount of sugar in the blood) who need insulin to control their diabetes. In patients with type 1 diabetes, insulin degludec must be used with another type of insulin (a short-acting insulin). In patients with type 2 diabetes, insulin degludec may be used with another type of insulin or with oral medication(s) for diabetes. Insulin degludec is a long-acting, man-made version of human insulin. Insulin degludec works by replacing the insulin that is normally produced by the body and by helping move sugar from the blood into other body tissues where it is used for energy. It also stops the liver from producing more sugar.

Over time, people who have diabetes and high blood sugar can develop serious or life-threatening complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, nerve damage, and eye problems. Using medication(s), making lifestyle changes (e.g., diet, exercise, quitting smoking), and regularly checking your blood sugar may help to manage your diabetes and improve your health. This therapy may also decrease your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or other diabetes-related complications such as kidney failure, nerve damage (numb, cold legs or feet; decreased sexual ability in men and women), eye problems, including changes or loss of vision, or gum disease. Your doctor and other healthcare providers will talk to you about the best way to manage your diabetes.

How should this medicine be used?

Insulin degludec comes as a solution (liquid) to inject subcutaneously (under the skin). It is injected once a day. You should use insulin degludec at the same time every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use insulin degludec exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Insulin degludec controls diabetes, but does not cure it. Continue to use insulin degludec even if you feel well. Do not stop using insulin degludec without talking to your doctor. Do not switch to another brand or type of insulin or change the dose of any type of insulin you are using without talking to your doctor. Always check the insulin label to make sure you received the right type of insulin from the pharmacy.

Insulin degludec comes in prefilled dosing pens. Be sure you know what type of container your insulin degludec comes in and what other supplies, such as needles, you will need to inject your medication. Be sure to read and understand the manufacturer's instructions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you how to use the pen. Follow the directions carefully, and always perform the safety test before use.

Never reuse needles or pens. Do not transfer the medication to a syringe. When you are using an insulin pen, always remove the needle right after you inject your dose. Throw away needles and syringes in a puncture-resistant container. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to dispose of the puncture-resistant container.

Do not dilute insulin degludec and do not mix insulin degludec with any other type of insulin.

You can inject your insulin degludec in your upper arm, thigh, or stomach area. Never inject insulin degludec into a vein or muscle. Change (rotate) the injection site within the chosen area with each dose; try to avoid injecting the same site more often than once every 1 to 2 weeks.

Always look at your insulin degludec before you inject it. It should be clear and colorless. Do not use your insulin degludec if it is colored, cloudy, or contains solid particles, or if the expiration date on the bottle has passed.

Do not use insulin degludec in an external insulin pump.

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