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mhcarrs
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Registered on: ‎08-10-2011

Re: When is the best time to take Lantus?

I agree with Mr. Turney on this, since you have just been on the Lantus for two weeks. I am Type 1, and I split my Lantus 2x's daily for part of the year, and 3x's daily for a different part of the year. The difference here is, both Mr. Turney and I, have been on insulin for a very long time, whereas you have just started. Listen to your doctor, until you have much more experience, with using insulin.

 

Trisha - Type 1

 

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I agree with Trisha.  She knows a lot about insulin from experience.  She helped me through a rough patch with Lantus and Humalog.  I was trying to do to much in the first 2 wks of Insulin use.  She helped me to be patience with the dosing and timing.  Go slow until you know how you will react to the medication.

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awlyle
Total Posts: 13
Registered on: ‎02-02-2013

Re: When is the best time to take Lantus?

Thank you all so much. I'm being patient just like everyone suggested and am happy to report that my numbers have slowly crept down since I increased the dosage to 15 units on Saturday. I was on cloud nine today when I got my first reading that was under 200 since I started watching my sugar 2 months ago. I'm also feeling so much better. I didn't realize how crappy my high bs was actually making me feel.

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nanabesue
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Registered on: ‎02-20-2013

Re: When is the best time to take Lantus?

My Dr. Just started me on Lantus told me to take at night for the fasting period. I had my diabetes under control. Then nothing I did was working. Can not get my BG down. He said as the disease progresses some type 2 diabetics, their pancreas stops producing insulin. Any one else told this and any advice. I have something wrong with my heart so exercising is out of the question. When I stand, or while standing I get light headed and weak legs and my heart rate jumps from 80 to over 110 in a matter of seconds. When I go to Walmart I may have several episodes.
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dturney
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Registered on: ‎04-21-2011

Re: When is the best time to take Lantus?


nanabesue wrote:
My Dr. Just started me on Lantus told me to take at night for the fasting period. I had my diabetes under control. Then nothing I did was working. Can not get my BG down. He said as the disease progresses some type 2 diabetics, their pancreas stops producing insulin. Any one else told this and any advice. I have something wrong with my heart so exercising is out of the question. When I stand, or while standing I get light headed and weak legs and my heart rate jumps from 80 to over 110 in a matter of seconds. When I go to Walmart I may have several episodes.

You need to go to Cardiologist and get that heart problem taken care of....:smileyhappy:

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old-ghost
Total Posts: 18
Registered on: ‎02-21-2013

Re: When is the best time to take Lantus?

i read in a doctors' textbook, "insulin therapy" that 10:30 p.m. is the opimal time to take lantus...my doc confirmed this...

so i take it then, and i take it in the a.m., also...my a1c was stuck at 7.7 for nearly a year, thus the a.m. dose....

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michaelTX
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Registered on: ‎08-16-2013

Re: When is the best time to take Lantus?

"The pharmacist I feel has no right to question when you take the Lantus"

 

I know you may be uninformed of the education that Pharmacists have in drug therapy so I wanted to reply to your post. Pharmacists not only have much more training than other healthcare professionals in medication therapy including insulin therapy but there are quite a few that are certified Diabetes Educators. Of course, like other healthcare professionals, Pharmacists are not created equal. There are good ones, bad ones and in-between. I share this because if you take the attitude that a Pharmacist has no right to question Lantus dosing and administration it is no different than saying that a transmission specialist has no right to question a general car mechanic if the mechanic wants to repair part of the transmission. The healthcare team should work together. Doctors, nurses, Pharmacists, etc, all have a part to play and if we shut one group off we are losing valuable information that can be used to make more informed decisions. Just like Doctors can make mistakes, so can Pharmacists but I would certainly want to hear what someone with the most knowledge/experience regarding a medication or insulin has to say. Some people have medical  conditions due to no fault of their own but one reason this country is overmedicated is because people don't want to take preventative measures to avoid these medical conditions and then turn to medication to solve the problem. I see it ever day, if the Pharmacist or Physician agrees with the medication then all is ok but if we question it we all of a sudden have no right to question. This sounds like unwise medical practice to me.

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jpg391
Total Posts: 5,390
Registered on: ‎05-22-2011

Re: When is the best time to take Lantus?


michaelTX wrote:

"The pharmacist I feel has no right to question when you take the Lantus"

 

I know you may be uninformed of the education that Pharmacists have in drug therapy so I wanted to reply to your post. Pharmacists not only have much more training than other healthcare professionals in medication therapy including insulin therapy but there are quite a few that are certified Diabetes Educators. Of course, like other healthcare professionals, Pharmacists are not created equal. There are good ones, bad ones and in-between. I share this because if you take the attitude that a Pharmacist has no right to question Lantus dosing and administration it is no different than saying that a transmission specialist has no right to question a general car mechanic if the mechanic wants to repair part of the transmission. The healthcare team should work together. Doctors, nurses, Pharmacists, etc, all have a part to play and if we shut one group off we are losing valuable information that can be used to make more informed decisions. Just like Doctors can make mistakes, so can Pharmacists but I would certainly want to hear what someone with the most knowledge/experience regarding a medication or insulin has to say. Some people have medical  conditions due to no fault of their own but one reason this country is overmedicated is because people don't want to take preventative measures to avoid these medical conditions and then turn to medication to solve the problem. I see it ever day, if the Pharmacist or Physician agrees with the medication then all is ok but if we question it we all of a sudden have no right to question. This sounds like unwise medical practice to me.


michaelTX, you have a right to express your opinion here, that being said, so do other people. I have a couple of questions for you. Are you a Pharmacist? Are you a diabetic?

James G

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Re: When is the best time to take Lantus?


michaelTX wrote:

"The pharmacist I feel has no right to question when you take the Lantus"

 

I know you may be uninformed of the education that Pharmacists have in drug therapy so I wanted to reply to your post. Pharmacists not only have much more training than other healthcare professionals in medication therapy including insulin therapy but there are quite a few that are certified Diabetes Educators. Of course, like other healthcare professionals, Pharmacists are not created equal. There are good ones, bad ones and in-between. I share this because if you take the attitude that a Pharmacist has no right to question Lantus dosing and administration it is no different than saying that a transmission specialist has no right to question a general car mechanic if the mechanic wants to repair part of the transmission. The healthcare team should work together. Doctors, nurses, Pharmacists, etc, all have a part to play and if we shut one group off we are losing valuable information that can be used to make more informed decisions. Just like Doctors can make mistakes, so can Pharmacists but I would certainly want to hear what someone with the most knowledge/experience regarding a medication or insulin has to say. Some people have medical  conditions due to no fault of their own but one reason this country is overmedicated is because people don't want to take preventative measures to avoid these medical conditions and then turn to medication to solve the problem. I see it ever day, if the Pharmacist or Physician agrees with the medication then all is ok but if we question it we all of a sudden have no right to question. This sounds like unwise medical practice to me.


No matter how much knowledge of drugs a pharmacist may have they don't have knowledge of the patient and their particular needs.  Their doctor does.  If a pharmacist questions a prescription they can contact the doctor about it instead of trying to advise the patient. To speak directly to the patient is a very unwise practice as far as I'm concerned, it's not their place.

 

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