What is Basaglar?
Basaglar is an insulin that is long-acting, begins working after a few hours of injection, and continues to work in a uniform manner for the entire duration of up to 24 hours. The hormone insulin is one that is able to lower amounts of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Basaglar can be used to increase blood sugar control for both children and adults with diabetes mellitus.
Basaglar is a medication that can be used for adults suffering from type 2 or type 1 diabetes and for children aged 6 or more who have type 1 diabetes (not type 2). Type 1 diabetes is a condition that requires a prescription. Basaglar KwikPen is combined with quick-acting insulin taken prior to meals.
Do not give away the Basaglar KwikPen to a different person, even when the needle has changed.
It is not recommended to take Basaglar when you're experiencing an attack of hyperglycemia (low glucose levels) or are experiencing ketoacidosis due to diabetes (call your doctor to seek treatment). Basaglar is just one part of a full program of treatment that could include exercise, diet, weight control, foot and dental care, eye treatment, and testing the blood sugar levels of your patients. Make sure you follow your diet, medication, and workout routines meticulously. Changes in any of these variables could affect your blood sugar levels. Don't ever share an injection pen, even if you've changed the needle.
Adverse Side Effects of Basaglar KwikPen
Seek medical attention immediately. If you notice any indications that indicate an allergy reaction, Basaglar: redness or swelling in the area where the injection was administered; itchy skin all over your body; breathing difficulties; fast heartbeats; feeling as if you could faint; or swelling of the throat or tongue.
Contact your doctor immediately. If you are suffering from:
- Fast weight increase, swelling of your ankles or feet.
- Lower blood potassium Leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering of your chest, more frequent urination, or thirst Numbness or tingling, weakness of muscles, or a feeling of limpness.
The most common Basaglar-related side effect is:
- Low blood sugar.
- Swelling and weight gain.
- An allergic reaction, itching, or rash.
- Swelling or hollowing of the skin area where you injected the drug.
This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other side effects could be present. Contact your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before you take this drug.
It is not recommended to take Basaglar KwikPen if you have an allergy to insulin or are experiencing an attack of low blood sugar or ketoacidosis caused by diabetes. Call your doctor to seek the appropriate treatment.
Basaglar KwikPen is not a prescription drug for use by children younger than six years old, and some brands are designed for use by adults only. Do not take this medication to manage type 2 diabetes in children or at any other age.
To ensure that Basaglar is suitable for you, inform your physician if you are suffering from:
- Kidney or liver disease.
- Heart problems or other heart issues.
Inform your physician if you are also taking pioglitazone or rosiglitazone (sometimes included in combination with glimepiride as well as metformin). Certain oral diabetes medications when you are taking insulin can increase the chance of developing serious heart issues. Inform your doctor if you are nursing or pregnant. Follow the instructions of your physician regarding the use of this medication if you are expecting or are pregnant. Controlling diabetes is essential during pregnancy.
How to take Basaglar KwikPen?
Utilize Basaglar exactly as directed by your physician. Follow the instructions on the prescription label. Be sure not to take Basaglar in smaller or larger amounts or for a longer period than suggested. Check all the information about your patient, including medication guides and instruction sheets that you receive. Consult your physician or pharmacist if you have any concerns. It is believed that the Toujeo type of insulin has three times the amount of insulin per milliliter (mL) than the Basaglar brand. There are 3000 units of insulin in 1 mL of Toujeo and 100 units in 1 milliliter of Basaglar.
If there is a change in the strength, brand, or kind of insulin you are using, the dosage requirements may alter. Basaglar is injected beneath the skin. It will show you how to administer injections at home. Do not inject yourself with Basaglar in the event that you don't know how to utilize the injection properly and get rid of the needles and pen that are used. Basaglar is not to be administered with an insulin pump or combined with insulin. Do not inject Basaglar into the muscle or vein. Don't inject this medicine into skin that has been injured or is pitted, swollen, or scaly. It is also not recommended for skin that has the appearance of a lump or scar. Basaglar is typically given once per day, during the same period every day. It will show you how to administer injections at home. Don't give yourself the medicine if you don't know how to apply the injection correctly and properly get rid of the needles and pen that are used.
Your physician will guide you to the ideal locations on your body to inject Basaglar. Make sure to inject in a different location every time you give an injection. Make sure you don't inject in the same spot twice in the same row. Only use the injection pen included in the Basaglar KwikPen. Use a different needle for every use. Don't transfer the insulin pen to a syringe. Do not give an injection pen to anyone else, even if the needle has been altered. Sharing these devices could allow diseases or infections to be passed from one person to the next. Use a disposable needle only once. Make sure you follow any local or state laws regarding disposing of needles that have been used. Make sure you use a puncture-proof "sharps" disposal container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of the container). Keep the container away from pets and children.
There is a possibility that you may experience insufficient levels of blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and feel extremely hungry, dizzy, and anxious. You may also feel confused, agitated, or shakey. To help treat hypoglycemia quickly, take a snack or drink a rapid-acting food source that contains sugar (fruit juice crackers, hard candy, raisins, or sugar-free soda). Your physician may recommend the glucagon injection kit for those suffering from severe hypoglycemia. Make sure that your family members or friends are aware of how to administer the injection in the event of an emergency.
Also, look out for indications of the presence of high levels of blood sugar (hyperglycemia), such as an increase in thirst or increased urination. The blood sugar levels may be affected by illness, stress, surgical procedures, drinking, stress, or eating infrequently. Consult your physician before making changes to your insulin dose or frequency. Basaglar is only a part of a treatment program that could also comprise diet and exercise, weight management, blood sugar testing, and other medical treatments. Follow your doctor's advice precisely. Make sure to keep Basaglar in the original container, protected from light and heat. Avoid freezing insulin or keeping it in the vicinity of the cooling element of the refrigerator. Discard any insulin that is stored in the freezer.
Storing an open (not being used) Basaglar KwikPen:
- Use it up for a period of time until the time of expiration or
- If kept at room temperature (below 86°F), Use for a period of 28 days.
Storing unopened (in the course of) Basaglar KwikPen:
- Keep the pen in storage at ambient temperature (do not freeze) for use in the next 28 days.
Avoid using the medicine in the event that it appears unclear, has changed color, or contains particles. Contact your pharmacist to inquire about a new medication. Wear a diabetes alert label (or carry an ID card) in the event of an emergency. Any doctor who cares for you must be aware that you suffer from diabetes. Don't store an injection pen that has the needle connected. Don't reuse needles or the syringe. Put them in an impervious to puncture "sharps" container and dispose of it according to local or state laws. Keep basalgar out of the reach of pets and children.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Consult your physician for directions if you missed a dose. Don't take multiple doses within 24 hours unless you are told to by your doctor. Make sure you refill your prescription before you run out of medication completely.
What happens if I overdose?
For medical emergencies, seek immediate attention. You can also contact the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of insulin can result in extreme hypoglycemia. Symptoms include drowsiness or blurred vision, as well as tingling or numbness of the mouth, difficulty speaking, jerky or unsteady movements, seizures (convulsions), or loss of consciousness.
What should be avoided?
Avoid driving or engaging in hazardous activities until you are aware of the way Basaglar KwikPen can impact you. The way you react could be affected. Make sure you read the label on your medicine prior to injecting insulin. Beware of drinking alcohol and using medications with alcohol. It can affect your treatment for diabetes.
Interaction with other drugs
A variety of drugs can alter blood sugar levels and could also impact Basaglar. Certain medicines may increase or reduce insulin's effects. Certain drugs may make it harder to detect symptoms of hypoglycemia. This can make it difficult to know when your blood sugar levels are low. Be sure to inform your healthcare providers about any medications you are taking currently and any medicines that you decide to stop or change the dosage of. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your physician about any other medicines you take. Not all interactions are included here.