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so you’re ready

TO BEGIN

First off, kudos to you on the decision to begin long-acting insulin. Since everyone learns a little differently, we have a few different ways to explain how to take BASAGLAR and help fit it into your life.

how to

TAKE BASAGLAR®

(insulin glargine injection) 100 units/mL

The first thing you need to know about injecting is to always refer to the full Instructions for Use. when you inject. So, no slacking. To help with injecting, we have a few things designed just for you, like our Beginning BASAGLAR Instruction Video. You can also learn about all the features of our Beginning BASAGLAR App and download it today.

BEGINNING BASAGLAR INSTRUCTION VIDEO

If you’re a visual learner, this video is for you. Follow along with your own Pen as Barry breaks down exactly how to take BASAGLAR.

BEGINNING BASAGLAR APP

Our mobile app gives you information you need to learn to inject—the Injection Instruction Video, Interactive Injection Guide, and more.

DOWNLOAD FOR iPHONE®/iPAD®:

  • Open the App Store. Tap “Search”
  • Type “Beginning BASAGLAR”, select it, and tap “GET”

DOWNLOAD FOR ANDROID™ DEVICES:

  • Open the Google Play Store and type “Beginning BASAGLAR” in the search bar
  • Select it and tap “INSTALL”

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ROUTINE

Now it's time to turn your daily injections into an everyday routine. We've got some tips to get you going.

PAIR IT UP

Connect your injection to another part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth before bed.

REWARD YOURSELF

Pick something you enjoy, like a favorite show or game, to reward yourself with after each injection.

ON THE CLOCK

Take it once a day, at the same time every day.

REMINDERS

Set an alarm, write yourself notes, or ask a friend or family member to remind you to inject at the same time each day.

STAY ORGANIZED

Keep all your supplies together and where you can see them. They should be easy to get to, but out of the reach of children. And make sure you always have an extra Pen in the fridge.

STORAGE TIPS

Staying organized is key to beginning and keeping a good routine. Below are a few tips to help make storage a breeze.

  • STAY SHARPPut all of your used needles in a sharps container, not the trash.
  • SHUT THE FRIDGEWhen you get your prescription, store unused Pens in your fridge at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). If your iceberg lettuce is beginning to look like an iceberg, your fridge is probably too cold. Don't freeze your Pen or use it if it's been frozen. Once you begin injecting with a Pen, store it at room temperature up to 86°F (30°C) and throw it away after 28 days.
  • STOCK UPAlways be prepared. Keep plenty of needles, test strips, lancets, and alcohol swabs handy for injections and emergencies.

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TO BASAGLAR®

(insulin glargine injection) 100 units/mL

If you’re familiar with Lantus® (insulin glargine injection), here are some things you should know about BASAGLAR:

  • BASAGLAR is designed to be similar to Lantus
  • In a 24-week study, BASAGLAR worked as well as Lantus (approved in the US and outside the US) at lowering blood sugar
  • Like Lantus, you only take BASAGLAR once daily, at the same time every day
  • BASAGLAR and Lantus both come in prefilled Pens
  • Dosing should be the same when changing from Lantus to BASAGLAR. Always check with your healthcare provider to confirm your dose

Learn how to use the BASAGLAR KwikPen

Heart failure can occur if you are taking insulin together with medicines called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), even if you have never had heart failure or other heart problems. If you already have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with BASAGLAR. Your treatment with TZDs and BASAGLAR may need to be changed or stopped by your doctor if you have new or worsening heart failure. Tell your doctor if you have any new or worsening symptoms of heart failure, including:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of your ankles or feet
  • Sudden weight gain

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Visit fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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EXPECTATIONS

Your diabetes can change over time and, as it changes, your dosing and treatment can change, too. It’s not your fault, but it does happen. Although your treatment has changed, it's important to keep exercising and eat healthy. With changes in your treatment, it's also important to understand, recognize, and treat low blood sugar.

CHANGES ARE NORMAL

All sorts of things can affect your blood sugar—stress, what you eat, other medications, exercise, and more. This is normal and will happen from day to day. Make sure to ask your healthcare provider how often you should test your blood sugar. That way, you can keep an eye on your levels and make changes when needed.

STAY ALERT

It’s important to know the symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) so, if it does happen, you’re ready to treat it. Remember, blood sugar below 70 mg/dL is too low. Below you’ll find a handy rule of thumb to treat low blood sugar, but make sure to treat low blood sugar like your healthcare provider told you.

15/15 RULE

If you have low blood sugar and can swallow:

  • Eat or drink something with 15 grams of carbs (like 1/2 cup of fruit juice)
  • Wait 15 minutes and test again
  • If your level is below 70 mg/dL, repeat these steps
  • If it’s still below 70 mg/dL after another 15 minutes, call your healthcare provider or 911 if needed
  • Once your blood sugar is back to normal, have a small snack if your next meal is more than 1 hour away

SYMPTOMS

Low blood sugar symptoms can include:

  • Hunger
  • Shaking
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Seizures
  • Slurred speech
  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Mood change
  • Unconsciousness

 

 

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