A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
LANTUS (insulin glargine) is a long-acting insulin prescribed to treat high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) in people with diabetes mellitus.
LANTUS can provide around-the-clock treatment for hyperglycemia. It is often paired with other short-acting insulins that are used around meal-time.
Inject LANTUS once daily under the skin. The dose of LANTUS insulin is determined by the doctor based on several factors like blood glucose monitoring, type of diabetes, and glycemic control.
Do not mix in the same vial with other types of insulin
The active ingredient in LANTUS is insulin glargine.
Insulin glargine is a long-acting insulin that is usually injected once per day. Long-acting insulins last for 24 hours in most people.
LANTUS comes as a vial or a pre-filled pen called LANTUS SOLOSTAR.
Certain medications can affect the blood glucose of patients with diabetes mellitus. These medications include:
If you start, stop, or change any of the above medications while taking insulin, speak with your doctor. Your dosage may need to be adjusted.
Do not share insulin pen between different patients, even if the pen needle is changed after each injection.
Carefully read the label for LANTUS before injecting to make sure medication occurs do not happen. Too much insulin can lead to a life-threatening condition called hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Some of the more common side effects of LANTUS include:
Rotating injection sites can decrease the incidence of certain side effects like lipodystrophy and injection site reactions.