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  • Generic Name: (insulin glargine)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 08/2016
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Basaglar is a medicine used to control high blood sugar in people with diabetes.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Your body needs insulin to turn sugar into energy. Diabetes develops when your body does not make enough insulin or does not properly use the insulin that it makes. Basaglar may help control your blood sugar levels by allowing blood sugar to move from your bloodstream into your cells for energy, and by stopping your liver from producing more sugar.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Lowering your blood sugar to a normal level may prevent or delay potential complications associated with diabetes, such as blindness, kidney failure, or heart problems.

      When: Basaglar may control your blood sugar levels over the course of a day.

      How do I know it is working?

      Check your blood sugar regularly and as your healthcare provider tells you to. Your healthcare provider may also do regular blood tests to measure your blood sugar levels and your hemoglobin A1C (measures your average blood sugar levels over a 2- to 3-month period). Stay on your prescribed diet and exercise program, as this will also affect the results of your blood tests.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: low blood sugar, allergic reactions, injection-site reaction, skin thickening at the injection site, itching, rash, swelling, weight gain.

      Symptoms of low blood sugar include: dizziness or lightheadedness, sweating, confusion, headache, blurred vision, slurred speech, shakiness, fast heartbeat, anxiety, irritability or mood change, hunger.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Basaglar may cause heart failure in people who take certain diabetes medicines called thiazolidinediones, or may cause low blood potassium levels.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Basaglar if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

      Do not use Basaglar during episodes of low blood sugar.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Basaglar. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver or kidney problems, take certain medicines called thiazolidinediones, have heart failure or other heart problems, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Type 1 Diabetes

      Adults and children ≥6 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your daily insulin requirements.

      Type 2 Diabetes

      Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your weight (or up to 10 units once a day).

      If you have kidney or liver problems, changes in physical activity or in meal patterns, or have acute illness, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose appropriately.

      If you are taking certain other diabetes medicines, your healthcare provider may need to adjust the dose of those medicines.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Basaglar exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Use Basaglar at any time of the day, but at the same time every day.

      Use the proper injection technique taught to you by your healthcare provider.

      Administer Basaglar under the skin of your thigh, upper arm, or abdomen (stomach area). Rotate injection sites within the same area from one injection to the next to reduce the chance of developing skin thickening at the injection site.

      Be sure to review the instructions that come with your prescription before using Basaglar.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not mix Basaglar with any other insulin or solution.

      Do not share Basaglar KwikPens with other people, even if the needle has been changed.

      Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Basaglar affects you.

      Do not drink alcohol or use over-the-counter medicines that contain alcohol.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Basaglar is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Basaglar may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Basaglar during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      It is very important to follow your insulin regimen exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not miss any doses. Ask your healthcare provider for specific instructions to follow in case you ever miss a dose of Basaglar.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store unopened KwikPen at room temperature for 28 days, or in the refrigerator until the expiration date.

      Store opened KwikPen at room temperature for 28 days. Do not refrigerate.

      Do not freeze. Protect from direct light and heat.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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