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 8586 248
Diabetes type 1 1384 35
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes 11 3
General health 9 3
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 7 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 55
None 206

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Insulin Glargine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 14
Weight gain 11
Nausea 4
Reactive hypoglycemia 4
Burning pain at injection site 3
Injection site pain 3

Show all 41 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Insulin Glargine

Dosage Patients Percentage
100 units daily 4
10 mL daily 2
40 other daily 2
0.067 mL daily 1
8 units daily 1
10 intl units daily 1
10 other daily 1
100 units weekly 1
18 intl units daily 1
19 mL daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Insulin Glargine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 64
Other 44
Did not seem to work 33
Course of treatment ended 24
Side effects too severe 15
Change in health plan coverage 12
Expense 12
Personal research 3
See all 161 patients who've stopped taking Insulin Glargine

Duration

Currently taking Insulin Glargine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Insulin Glargine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 27
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 223
Usually 46
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 49
A little hard to take 73
Not at all hard to take 149
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 14
$100-199 13
$50-99 17
$25-49 15
< $25 117
Not specified 109

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Insulin Glargine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Metformin (Metformin ER) 23
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 9
insulin detemir (Levemir) 9
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 6
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 detemir (Levemir) 15
Insulin degludec (Tresiba) 14
Metformin (Metformin ER) 8
Insulin Aspart (Novolog) 7
Insulin Lispro (Humalog) 7

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching to

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17 patient evaluations for Insulin Glargine

Apr 23, 2021 (Started Feb 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mL Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Get a savings card

  • 0 helpful marks

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.

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