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 2 610 147
Diabetes Type 1 160 24
General health 9 2
Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes 7 1
Increase effect of another treatment 4 0
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 3 1

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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
Severe 1
Moderate 17
Mild 38
None 118

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Insulin Glargine

Side effect Patients
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 11
Weight gain 8
Burning pain at injection site 3
Reactive Hypoglycemia 3
Dry mouth 2
Injection site pain 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Insulin Glargine

Dosage Patients
100 units daily 25
4,000 units daily 4
100 units twice daily 3
1,500 units daily 3
3,000 units daily 3
1 other daily 2
15 units daily 2
20 mg daily 2
20 mL daily 2
40 units daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Insulin Glargine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 42
Other 31
Did not seem to work 25
Course of treatment ended 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 9
Side effects too severe 8
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Insulin Glargine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 16
2 - 5 years 45
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Insulin Glargine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 6 months 21
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 26
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 132
Usually 33
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 35
A little hard to take 50
Not at all hard to take 79
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 11
$100-199 11
$50-99 12
$25-49 10
< $25 71
Not specified 59

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Insulin Glargine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Metformin (Glucophage) 14
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 6
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 4
Glyburide (Glynase PresTab) 3
insulin detemir (Levemir FlexPen) 3

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Patients stopped taking Insulin Glargine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
insulin detemir (Levemir FlexPen) 4
Insulin aspart-insulin aspart protamine (NovoMix 30) 3
Metformin (Glucophage) 3
Glyburide (Glynase PresTab) 2
Insulin Lispro (Humalog) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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14 patient evaluations for Insulin Glargine

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DannyD
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DannyD
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

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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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mistysong64
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mistysong64
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 52
Condition: Diabetes Type 2 9 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

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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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motherg00se
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motherg00se
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 54
Condition: Diabetes Type 2 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: g
I have:
Diabetes Type 2

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Aug 28, 2013 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diabetes Type 2)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 70 Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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