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Generic: insulin glargine
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This drug lowers the amount of sugar in your blood
               



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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:

Symptoms of low blood sugar:
  • You may feel nervous, confused, dizzy, hungry, weak, sweaty, shaky, cold, and irritable. You may also experience headache, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat and loss of consciousness.

Symptoms of high blood sugar:

  • You may experience dizziness, dry mouth, dry skin, fruity breath, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach ache, unusual thirst, frequent urination

Insulin also can cause rare but serious allergic reactions in some patients, including:

  • bad skin rash and itching
  • breathing problems

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your health care professional or doctor if they continue or are bothersome):

  • increase or decrease in fatty tissue under the skin, through overuse of a particular injection
  • itching, burning, swelling, or rash at the injection site

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store unopened vials in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze or use if the insulin has been frozen. Opened vials (vials currently in use) may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature, at approximately 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) or cooler. Keeping your insulin at room temperature decreases the amount of pain during injection. Once opened, your insulin can be used for 28 days. After 28 days, the vial should be thrown away.

Store unopened pen- injector cartridges in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F.) Do not freeze or use if the insulin has been frozen. Insulin cartridges inserted into the OptiClik system should be kept at room temperature, approximately 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) or cooler. Do not store in the refrigerator. Once inserted into the OptiClik system, the insulin can be used for 28 days. After 28 days, the cartridge should be thrown away.

Protect from light and excessive heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date or after the specified time for room temperature storage has passed.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

               
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