Insulin glargine - Drug Information

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General Information on Insulin glargine

Generic Name : Insulin glargine

Pronunciation : IN-su-lin GLAR-jeen

Latest prescription information about Insulin glargine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y42.3 | Therapeutic Classification : Antidiabetics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Insulin glargine

Why is Insulin glargine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a long-acting form of the insulin hormone, prescribed for diabetes along with proper diet and exercise program. 

When should Insulin glargine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Insulin glargine?

Adult and Child- Initial: The recommended dose is 10 IU once daily, and subsequently adjusted according to the patient's need to a total daily dose ranging from 2 to 100 IU.

How should Insulin glargine be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin (subcutaneously).

What are the warnings and precautions for Insulin glargine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of thyroid, liver or kidney diseases, stress, such as fever, infection, injury, surgery, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It should not be used in children less than 6 years old.
Patient may experience blurred vision, dizziness or drowsiness due to extremely low or high blood sugar levels, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of Insulin glargine?

  Body as a whole: Allergic reactions.
  Skin: Injection site reaction, fat redistribution, itching and rash.
  Other: Low sugar.

What are the other precautions for Insulin glargine?

Avoid excess dosage.
Follow proper diet, regular exercise and regular testing of blood sugar as directed by your physician.

What are the storage conditions of Insulin glargine?

Store it in refrigerator (2C - 8C), do not freeze it.

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I am Doctor and having NIDDM since 16 yr and want to know about any trial of Insulin therapy along with Aurvedic OHA

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