Can Levemir Be Used As A Replacement For Lantus?

Levemir lasts for 42 days once opened, Lantus for 28 days.

They should not be used together but are usually included in a regimen with short or rapid-acting insulins.

Although both Levemir and Lantus are long-acting insulins, one should not be substituted for the other except on a doctor’s advice.

Is dosing the same for Lantus and Levemir?

Both insulins work in the same way to provide consistent long-acting effects over the course of the day. Though they are both formulated the same way in a vial or prefilled pen, Levemir can be administered once or twice daily while Lantus can only be administered once daily.

Is there an alternative to Lantus?

There are a couple of other alternatives to Basaglar that you might want to speak with your doctor about. Lantus, Toujeo and Levemir are all long-acting insulins that have been found to be just as safe and effective as Basaglar.

How is Basaglar different from Lantus?

Basaglar is biologically similar to Sanofi’s basal insulin Lantus (insulin glargine), including the same protein sequence and a similar glucose-lowering effect. While the FDA does not call it a “biosimilar” drug for regulatory reasons, it can essentially be thought of as an alternative form of Lantus.

Does Lantus work better than Levemir?

Both Levemir and Lantus also have a lower risk of causing hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood sugar) compared to other insulins. Because they work slowly over 24 hours, you tend to experience more predictable blood sugar levels. You also don’t need to plan your daily dose around meals like you do with other insulins.

Is levemir as good as Lantus?

Levemir and Lantus are both long-acting injectable insulins that can be used for long-term management of diabetes. Insulin glargine is also available as the brand Toujeo. Both insulin detemir and insulin glargine are basal insulin formulas. That means that they work slowly to lower your blood sugar levels.

Is Toujeo better than Lantus?

The biggest difference is that Toujeo is highly concentrated, making injection volume much smaller than Lantus. In terms of side effects, one important factor to consider is that Toujeo may offer less risk for hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose, than Lantus, because it helps keep blood sugar levels more consistent.

Is there a generic for Lantus SoloSTAR?

The generic ingredient in LANTUS SOLOSTAR is insulin glargine recombinant.

Can Basaglar be substituted for Lantus?

No. In the US, Basaglar was approved as a new drug, which means it has to prescribed by your doctor—or approved as a new prescription if you switch from Lantus. Although both Basaglar and Lantus are both insulin glargine they cannot be automatically substituted for one another without your doctor’s approval.

How many units of Lantus is normal?

The usual starting dose of Lantus for people with type 2 diabetes is 0.2 units/kg. The maximum starting dose of Lantus is 10 units a day. The drug is given once a day, as an injection just under your skin (subcutaneous).

What is the best time to take Basaglar?

Basaglar is labeled to be taken once-daily, at the same time every day – for instance, every night before bed at 10 pm or every day first thing in the morning at 9 am. For some people, however, the glucose-lowering effect may last less than 24 hours.

What happens if you take Lantus twice?

Lantus is a long-acting insulin that works for 24 hours and should be taken regularly at the same time each day. If you miss taking your dose at the regular scheduled time, your blood sugar levels may become high (hyperglycaemia). If you double a dose, this may cause low blood sugar levels.

Can you mix Lantus and Levemir?

A rapid- or short-acting insulin is often prescribed with Levemir. However, Levemir should never be mixed in the same syringe with other insulins before injection.

Can lantus make you gain weight?

Yes, it is possible that insulin can cause weight gain, although there are ways that you may be able to prevent it. Certain types of insulin are more likely to lead to weight gain than others: NPH insulin causes more weight gain than Lantus, for example, and Lantus causes more weight gain than Levemir.

What is the best insulin on the market?

A Guide on Insulin Types for People with Diabetes

TypeBrand NamePeak (time period when insulin is most effective)
Rapid-actingHumalog Novolog Apidra30 minutes – 3 hours
Short-actingRegular (R)2 – 5 hours
Intermediate- actingNPH (N)4 – 12 hours
Long-actingLantus LevemirMinimal peak