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Lantus Solostar Pen is made by Sanofi Aventis who is the only maker of Lantus, a long-acting or basal type insulin. Novo Nordisk makes the other type of longacting basal insulin called Levemir and they call their pen for this product Levemir Flexpen. (They also make Novolog Flex Pen which is one of the three types of rapid acting or bolus insulin). So Lantus and Levemir are the two brands of long acting insulin available. Levemir is given in two doses.
He is also significantly ADHD, requiring daily medication in order to be able to function socially and academically. We have found that the ADHD meds and the insulin are difficult to schedule because the ADHD meds suppress the appetite, and now that he has diabetes, he cannot skip meals. We have had to give up the best ADHD meds (such as Focalin XR) because they are slow-release, and when he takes them he cannot eat for up to eight hours at a time.
About a month ago I started taking 36 Units of Lantus at bedtime using the Opticlik Cartridge Delivery System and during the day I use Novolog Insulin throaway Flex Pen and that is 12 units before I eat anything. I have had so much problem with that Lantus Opticlik that my Health Providers will switch me to the Levimere Flex Pen after I use up all the lantus cartridges. Is lantus a better insulin or is Levimere just as good as Lantus using it as a basal 24 Hour insulin???.
I was out of Levemir for several days and I tried to control with Novolog. Wednesday and Thursday I was running over 600. Yesterday I got my Levemir and started taking it right away. It took most of the day to get down to 350. I was feeling real sick all day. Sleepy, dizzy, nauseous. muscle weakness. I slept from 6:00 pm until 10:00 am. My numbers were up to 500 again. I got them back to 300 by 3:00 pm, but have continued to feel just as sick. I am also drinking a lot of water.
NPH and regular Humilin are older therapies. Something like Lantus or Levemir as the long acting and something like Novolog or another fast acting insulin are much more common these days. They give more consistent coverage with fewer spikes. Does he have hypoglycemia unawareness? If he's getting down to 19, it sounds like he may. That is a condition where he can't tell he's getting low. It is possible to correct the condition, you just have to work out a plan with his endo.
Some are very short (Novolog/Humalog) and Regular lasts a bit longer. If you can possible standardize your meals for a few days, you might be able to figure out what's going on. Ideally, as you do the switch and attempt to get good control again with Lantus, avoid high-fat/high carbo- combinations since those types of meals can wreak havoc on blood sugar for 8 hours or more. I'm sure you know that you are very fortunate to have pals & family who can help you out.
I will have the Levemir Flex Pen which is just like the Novolog Flex Pen and less problems and more dosage accurate. I will continue my Levemir Dosage as the same as I presently have with Lantus at 36 Units every night. I am just concerned with the sweating and the out of control urination and I have reported the frequent urination to my doctor but he doesn't do anything about it as of yet.
I contacted her and she was going to call in the Novolog. My numbers have remained high and I am begining to worry about long term effects. The physician decided that this was not the best course of treatment and stopped the script. I waited for an hour at the pharmacy. I called the next morning and we kind of had issues. She said that I want to play physician and that the numbers of her diabetic patients are some of the best in the city. Maybe I need a new doctor she says.
I am on lantus and the Novolog pen. I know when I first started lantus I got very anxious and before I had to take it, just in a dead panic. I can not fully answer your question, but I need your help. Can you ask your daughter if her lantus burns, itches, and/or does the area she injects it (arm, leg, stomach) feel heavy or like a big knot is under it?
Hello, please get the book "Think like a pancreas" and study it and use the information in it. Levemir should not increase your blood pressure. But stress and anxiety can. Your very high blood sugar is going to cause you complications. What is your correction factor? How many units of insulin does it take to bring your blood sugar down by say 20 points. But you can only test this properly AFTER you've adjusted your levemir and have your non-eating (basal) blood sugar stable.
The standard is a basal insulin such as Lantus or Levemir and a bolus such as Novolog, Humalog or Apidra. You might want to work with an endo. Sounds like your other problems are complicating your diabetes, hang in there!
My daughter seems to be having the same problem. She's 15 and takes 68 u of lantus at nite and supliments w/novolog pen when she's eating. They just keep increasing her dosage, but nothing seems to change. She eats pretty decently (for a teen), but she always seems to be high. I also wondered if she might be resistent to the lantus. We've tried new bottles, etc. How many units do you take per day?
" 30 units of levemir in the a.m. and 12 units of Novolog before meals." Since lab ranges may vary from one lab to the next, I can't speak much about your test results as you didn't provide any ranges. What matters here is the A1c result. Your insulin dosages appear to be high considering your A1c. ► When did you test your A1c? ► Do you test your glucose at home? If yes, what are the preprandial and postprandial results?
Hi Heather, My diabetes is somehwat under control, I can say it could be better. Yes I do take insulin. I take about 20mg of Novolog, and about 80 mg of Levemir at night. My high blood pressure is very good right now. I am taking meds for it too. Last few doctors apps. it has been very good. I dont remember what my physical neurological exam showed. I am not even sure what that is. But I probably had it done, I just dont remember right now. All of my problems seem to be cognitive.
Okay, it's 150mg of T3 and the name of the pharmacy is Custom Scripts Pharmacy out of Tampa. I also take Novolog and Levemir (30/day and 20/day respectively). Endo diseases are complicated and exhausting, so any little bit helps, because the economy isn't what it used to be. And Bruce, I totally agree, so I'm glad I got this straightened out.
I take 70 units of Levemir in the Morning and 70 units at night and then I also take 30 units of Novolog at each meal 3 times a day and before bedtime. The high amount of insulin has NOT helped my weight at all in fact I have gained 60 pounds since starting this regiment.
I have Type 2 Diabetes and was put on Victoza yesterday, my doctor wants me to take this for weight loss. I would just like to know if anyone has lost weight or has had any side effects while taking this medication. I was on Byetta but the nausea never stopped and I felt bad all of the time. I took my first dose this morning of Victoza and so far there has been no nausea--I just hope it lasts. Any comments on this medication would greatly be appreciated.
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