What is Insulin Glargine?

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Insulin glargine is a long acting insulin used for the treatment of type 1 diabetes mellitus (insulin dependent, IDDM) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (non-insulin dependent, NIDDM) requiring basal (long-acting) insulin to improve glycemic control.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes type 2 695 207
Diabetes type 1 173 32
General health 9 3
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes 8 2
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 4 1
Increase effect of another treatment 4 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 21
Mild 50
None 167

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Insulin Glargine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 13
Weight gain 10
Nausea 4
Reactive hypoglycemia 4
Burning pain at injection site 3
Injection site pain 3

Show all 38 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Insulin Glargine

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 units daily 13
100 units twice daily 3
18 intl units daily 2
25 intl units daily 2
1400 units daily 2
3800 units daily 2
4000 units daily 2
5000 units twice daily 2
0.2 mL daily 1
0.8 units daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Insulin Glargine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 52
Other 34
Did not seem to work 28
Course of treatment ended 21
Expense 12
Side effects too severe 12
Change in health plan coverage 11
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Insulin Glargine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 16

Stopped taking Insulin Glargine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 186
Usually 43
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 46
A little hard to take 67
Not at all hard to take 115
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 13
$100-199 12
$50-99 15
$25-49 13
< $25 100
Not specified 88

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Insulin Glargine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Metformin (Metformin ER) 17
insulin detemir (Levemir FlexPen) 9
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 7
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 5
Insulin NPH (Novolin N) 5

Show all 27 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Insulin Glargine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Insulin degludec (Tresiba) 8
insulin detemir (Levemir FlexPen) 6
Insulin Lispro (Humalog) 5
Insulin Aspart (Novolog) 3
Metformin (Metformin ER) 3

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

16 patient evaluations for Insulin Glargine

Sep 1, 2019 (Started Jan 22, 2019)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 units Monthly
Advice & Tips: Lantus worked well, but when my insurance changed it was too expensive.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 21, 2017 (Started Mar 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    Mild (burning pain at injection site)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 units Daily
Advice & Tips: None at the moment.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2016 (Started Mar 23, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 intl units Daily
Advice & Tips: Lantus SoloStar is easy to use and works very well as a basal rate insulin. It works over 24 hrs.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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