What is Insulin Glargine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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 2 653 180
Diabetes type 1 168 28
General health 9 3
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes 7 1
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 4 1
Increase effect of another treatment 4 0

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 19
Mild 43
None 145

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Insulin Glargine

Side effect Patients
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 11
Weight gain 9
Reactive hypoglycemia 4
Burning pain at injection site 3
Nausea 3
Dry mouth 2

Show all 42 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Insulin Glargine

Dosage Patients
100 units daily 27
100 units twice daily 7
300 units daily 3
300 units twice daily 3
1,800 units daily 3
12 units daily 2
15 units daily 2
1,200 units daily 2
2,000 units daily 2
2,200 units daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Insulin Glargine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 46
Other 31
Did not seem to work 27
Course of treatment ended 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Side effects too severe 11
Expense 10
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Insulin Glargine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 22
2 - 5 years 43
5 - 10 years 38
10 years or more 21

Stopped taking Insulin Glargine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 161
Usually 37
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 41
A little hard to take 58
Not at all hard to take 99
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 12
$100-199 11
$50-99 13
$25-49 12
< $25 88
Not specified 74

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Insulin Glargine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Metformin (Glucophage) 16
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 7
insulin detemir (Levemir FlexPen) 6
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 4
Insulin NPH (Novolin N) 4

Show all 23 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Insulin Glargine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Insulin degludec (Tresiba) 7
insulin detemir (Levemir FlexPen) 4
Insulin Lispro (Humalog) 4
Insulin aspart-insulin aspart protamine (NovoMix 30) 3
Metformin (Glucophage) 3

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching to

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15 patient evaluations for Insulin Glargine

Aug 21, 2017 (Started Mar 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • 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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 16, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 4000 units Daily

Dec 22, 2014 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 7500 units Daily
Advice & Tips: Can sting a bit when injecting it into belly flab. Try and use as small a needle as possible. Allow to come to room temperature as it will sting when cold.

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