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Insulin Glargine

Drug Interactions

Insulin glargine can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Insulin Glargine).
 

What If I Take an Overdose of Insulin Glargine?

People who take too much insulin glargine (or any other insulin) may experience symptoms such as:
 
  • Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia)
  • Fainting
  • Shakiness
  • A fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Loss of life.
     
If you happen to take too much of this medication, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Lantus Overdose for more information.)
 

How Should It Be Stored?

Unopened insulin glargine vials and pens should be stored in the refrigerator. It is best to keep the vials refrigerated once they are opened, although they may be kept at room temperature (less than 86 degrees Fahrenheit). Once you start using an insulin glargine cartridge or pen, you must not keep it in the refrigerator; it must be kept at room temperature.
 
All forms of insulin glargine are good for up to 28 days once they are opened, after which you must discard any unused portion.
 

Effects of Insulin Glargine

Studies have shown that a single daily dose of insulin glargine provides a steady level of insulin for 24 hours, without any significant peaks. Theoretically, this may help reduce the chance of dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
 
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