Insulin glargine is an injectable drug used to treat diabetes mellitus, and works by lowering blood sugar. While the FDA has approved insulin only for use in humans, veterinarians are allowed to prescribe it to animals such as dogs, cats, horses, cattle, ferrets and guinea pigs in certain situations. Insulin glargine should be refrigerated until it has been opened, and then it must be kept at room temperature. It should never be stored in the freezer and should be protected from direct heat and light. Talk to your veterinarian about the right dosage for your pet.
Insulin preparations are used for the adjunctive treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), uncomplicated diabetes mellitus, and as adjunctive therapy in treating hyperkalemia.
Possible Side Effects
Adverse reactions commonly associated with Lantus include hypoglycemia, allergic reactions, injection site reactions, lipodystrophy, pruritus, rash, edema and weight gain.
Drug & Food Interactions
Drugs that affect glucose metabolism: Adjustment of insulin dosage may be needed; closely monitor of blood glucose. Antiadrenergic Drugs (e.g., beta-blockers, clonidine, guanethidine, and reserpine): Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia may be reduced or absent.
Hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia with changes in insulin regimen: Carry out under close medical supervision. Hypoglycemia: May be life-threatening. Increase frequency of glucose monitoring with changes to: insulin dosage, coadministered glucose lowering
medications, meal pattern, physical activity; and in patients with renal or hepatic impairment and hypoglycemia unawareness. Medication Errors: Accidental mix-ups between insulin products can occur. Check insulin labels before injection.
Hypersensitivity reactions: Severe, life-threatening, generalized allergy, including anaphylaxis, can occur. Discontinue Lantus. Monitor and treat if indicated. Hypokalemia: May be life-threatening. Monitor potassium levels in patients at risk of hypokalemia and treat if indicated. Fluid retention and heart failure with concomitant use of thiazolidinediones (TZDs): Observe for signs and symptoms of heart failure; consider dosage reduction or discontinuation of TZD if heart failure occurs.
Note: This item does not come with needles. Needles sold separately.
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