What are Generics?
Generic drugs marketed without brand names contain the exact same active ingredients used in their brand-name counterparts, but cost significantly less. The drugs are required to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.
Generic Lantus (insulin glargine) is a man-made form of a hormone that is produced in the body. It works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood.
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Generic Lantus is used to treat type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
How to take
Generic Lantus is injected under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes. You should not mix Generic Lantus with other insulins.
Use a different place in your injection skin area each time you give the Generic Lantus injection. Your care provider will show you the best places on your body to inject the medication. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row.
Use a disposable needle only once. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it).
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of allergic reaction to Generic Lantus: itching skin rash over the entire body, wheezing, trouble breathing, fast heart rate, sweating, or feeling like you might pass out.
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, is the most common side effect of Generic Lantus. Symptoms include headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, tremors, irritability, trouble concentrating, rapid breathing, fast heartbeat, fainting, or seizure (severe hypoglycemia can be fatal).
Carry hard candy or glucose tablets with you in case you have low blood sugar.
Tell your doctor if you have itching, swelling, redness, or thickening of the skin where you inject Generic Lantus.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Do not change the brand of insulin glargine or syringe you are using without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist. Avoid drinking alcohol. It lowers blood sugar and may interfere with your diabetes treatment.
Using certain medicines can make it harder for you to tell when you have low blood sugar. Tell your doctor if you use any of the following:
- albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin);
- clonidine (Catapres);
- reserpine; or
- a beta-blocker such as atenolol (Tenormin, Tenoretic), carvedilol (Coreg), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), and others.
There are many other medicines that can increase or decrease the effects of Generic Lantus on lowering your blood sugar.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use Generic Lantus to make up the missed dose. You should not use more than one dose in a 24-hour period unless your doctor tells you to.
Keep Generic Lantus on hand at all times. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Keep in the carton and store in a refrigerator, protected from light.