Living with insulin

As you learn more about living with insulin, you may become more comfortable with the idea, just like Michelle and Tony. Watch this short video to get ideas about fitting long-acting insulin into your routine by seeing someone else do it. Watching this video might also help clear up some questions you may have along the way.


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Warning

Do not change the insulin you use or your dose, unless your doctor tells you to. This could cause low or high blood sugar, which could be serious. Do not inject your insulin into the exact same spot or where the skin has pit or lumps. Avoid injecting into thickened, tender, bruised, scaly, hard, or damaged skin.

BASAGLAR basics

Here’s information that could help you understand BASAGLAR as well as the changes that may happen to your blood sugar while you’re using long-acting insulin.

Once a Day

IT'S TAKEN ONLY ONCE A DAY

BASAGLAR works over 24 hours to lower your blood sugar. Take BASAGLAR once a day at a time that works best for you, as long as it’s at the same time each day.

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IT COMES IN A KWIKPEN®

The BASAGLAR KwikPen is a disposable, single-patient-use prefilled insulin pen that you can carry with you if you need to give yourself a dose when you’re away from home.

Do not reuse needles or share your BASAGLAR KwikPen® with other people. You or the other person can get a serious infection. This can happen even if you change the needle.

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IT SHOULD BE STORED ACCORDING TO THESE RULES

Before using your KwikPen:

  • Store unused Pens in the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C)
  • Do not freeze BASAGLAR. Do not use if it has been frozen
  • Unused Pens may be used until the expiration date printed on the label if the Pen has been kept in the refrigerator

After first using your KwikPen:

  • Store the Pen you are currently using at room temperature (up to 86°F [30°C]) and away from heat and light
  • Throw away the Pen you are using after 28 days, even if it still has insulin left in it
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IT COMES WITH SUPPORT

The BASAGLAR Savings Card offers support that may help you cover the cost of treatment.

Our many resources focus on the unique needs of people who are starting insulin.

Lilly Diabetes Solution Center - If you need help paying for your BASAGLAR prescription or diabetes care, call the Lilly Diabetes Solution Center at 1-833-808-1234.

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Warnings
Basaglar may cause serious side effects that can lead to death such as:

  • Heart failure. Taking diabetes pills called thiazolidinediones (thIE-uh-zOH-li-dEEn-dIE-OHns) or “TZDs” with Basaglar may cause heart failure in some people. This includes people who do not have any heart problems. If you have heart failure, it may get worse if you take TZDs with Basaglar. Tell your doctor if you have any new symptoms of heart failure, or if they get worse. These are: shortness of breath, swelling of the ankles or feet, or sudden weight gain. Your doctor may need to change or stop treatment with TZDs and Basaglar.
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What to expect: changes in your blood sugar level

BASAGLAR works over 24 hours to lower your blood sugar. As with all insulin medications, the length of time Basaglar works to lower blood sugar may not be the same for every person and may not be the same each time you use BASAGLAR.

Many factors can influence your blood sugar, such as food you’ve recently eaten, level of physical activity, injection site, or other medications you are taking.

Talk with your doctor about what to expect

Ask your doctor what your blood sugar range should be and when you should check your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Checking your blood sugar can tell you if your blood sugar levels are in a healthy range.

In addition to frequent blood sugar checking, your doctor can look at your average levels of blood sugar over approximately 3 months with an A1C blood test, the primary test used for diabetes management.1 Guidelines recommend that A1C levels be measured approximately 4 times a year.2

Read more about monitoring blood sugar levels.

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The most common side effects of Basaglar are:

  • low blood sugar
  • allergic reactions
  • minor reactions where you have injected Basaglar
  • changes in fat tissue where you have injected Basaglar
  • itching
  • rash
  • swelling
  • weight gain

These are not all of the possible side effects. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects. You can report side effects at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

PURPOSE AND SAFETY SUMMARY
PURPOSE AND SAFETY SUMMARY

Important Facts About Basaglar® (bāz-a-glar). It is also known as insulin glargine injection.

Basaglar is a long-acting insulin that is only available with a prescription. It is used to control high blood sugar in:

  • adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • children with type 1 diabetes

It is not known if Basaglar is safe and effective in children with type 2 diabetes or in children younger than 6 years with type 1 diabetes. There were no studies done with Basaglar in these groups of children. If your doctor decides to give your child Basaglar, he or she may give you special instructions.


Basaglar is not used to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.

Warnings

Do not take Basaglar if you have:

  • symptoms of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • an allergy to Basaglar or any of its ingredients


Do not reuse needles or share your Basaglar prefilled pen with other people. You or the other person can get a serious infection. This can happen even if you change the needle.


Do not change the insulin you use or your dose, unless your doctor tells you to. This could cause low or high blood sugar, which could be serious.

Basaglar may cause serious side effects. Some of these can lead to death. The possible serious side effects of Basaglar are:

  • Low blood sugar. This can lead to:
    • dizziness or light-headedness
    • sweating
    • confusion
    • headache
    • blurred vision
    • slurred speech
    • shakiness
    • fast heartbeat
    • anxiety
    • irritability
    • mood change
    • hunger
  • Severe allergic reaction.
    Get emergency help right away if you have:
    • a rash over your whole body
    • trouble breathing
    • a fast heartbeat
    • swelling of your face, tongue, or throat
    • sweating
    • shortness of breath
    • extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion
  • Low potassium in your blood. This can lead to severe breathing problems, irregular heartbeat, and death.
  • Heart failure. Taking diabetes pills called thiazolidinediones /thIE-uh-zOH-li-dEEn-dIE-OHns/ (TZDs) with Basaglar may cause heart failure in some people. This includes people who do not have any heart problems. If you have heart failure, it may get worse if you take TZDs with Basaglar. Tell your doctor if you have any new symptoms of heart failure, or if they get worse. These are: shortness of breath, swelling of the ankles or feet, and sudden weight gain. Your doctor may need to change or stop treatment with TZDs and Basaglar.

Common side effects

The most common side effects of Basaglar are:

  • low blood sugar
  • allergic reactions
  • minor reactions where you have injected Basaglar
  • changes in fat tissue where you have injected Basaglar
  • itching
  • rash
  • swelling
  • weight gain

These are not all of the possible side effects. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects. You can report side effects at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Before using

Talk with your doctor about low blood sugar and how to manage it. Tell your doctor:

 about all of the medicines you take, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

 about any other prescription medicines you take, especially ones called TZDs.

 about all of your medical conditions, including if you have heart failure or other heart, liver, or kidney problems. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Basaglar.

 if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Basaglar may harm your unborn or breastfeeding baby.

How to take

The Basaglar prefilled pen is a disposable insulin delivery device for use by a single patient to inject Basaglar. Read the Instructions for Use that come with your Basaglar prefilled pen. These instructions provide details on how to prepare and inject a dose of Basaglar, and how to throw away used Basaglar prefilled pens and needles.


Be sure to check your blood sugar levels and use Basaglar exactly as your doctor tells you to. Your doctor may tell you to change your dose because of illness, increased stress, or changes in your weight, diet, or level of physical activity or exercise. He or she may also tell you to change your dose because of other medicines you take.


Before injecting your Basaglar
You can inject Basaglar yourself, or you can have a trained caregiver inject it for you. Make sure you or your caregiver:

  • Check your insulin label each time you give your injection. This will help you make sure that you are using the correct insulin.
  • Use a new needle for each injection. You can get a serious infection or the wrong dose of insulin if you re-use needles.

When you are ready to inject

  • Take Basaglar once a day, at the same time each day.
  • Change (rotate) where you inject your insulin with each dose. This can help reduce your chance of getting pits, lumps, or thickened skin where you inject your insulin. Do not inject your insulin into the exact same spot or where the skin has pits or lumps. Avoid injecting into thickened, tender, bruised, scaly, hard, scarred, or damaged skin.

Staying safe while taking your Basaglar
To stay safe while taking Basaglar, be sure you only use Basaglar that is clear and colorless and does not have any particles.
Be sure you do not:

  • mix Basaglar with any other type of insulin or solution.
  • drive or use heavy machinery until you know how Basaglar affects you.
  • drink alcohol or use other medicines that contain alcohol when taking Basaglar.

Learn more

For more information, call 1-800-545-5979 or go to Basaglar.com.


This summary provides basic information about Basaglar but does not include all information known about this medicine. Read the information that comes with your prescription each time your prescription is filled. This information does not take the place of talking with your doctor. Be sure to talk to your doctor or other health care provider about Basaglar and how to take it. Your doctor is the best person to help you decide if Basaglar is right for you.


Basaglar® is a registered trademark owned or licensed by Eli Lilly and Company, its subsidiaries, or affiliates.

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References
1. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The A1C test and diabetes. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/tests-diagnosis/a1c-test. Accessed February 27, 2020. 2. American Diabetes Association. Understanding A1C: A1C does it all. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/a1c/?loc=lwd-slabnav. Accessed February 27, 2020.