By sisson Latest Reply 2008-10-30 15:20:27 -0500
Started 2008-10-21 16:52:26 -0500

To all my Friends whom have used Lantus! Please tell me if any and what systoms have you had bad or good reactions! A couple of nights ago I had a scary one I had a late dinner which was cherrios and I didn't take my metformin or actos after words and thank God I didn't because my sugars went down to 59 snd I strated to have a panic atack so I gabed OJ one slice of whole wheat bread and penaut butter and a pice of stake! So as you can see that I was so happy that I didn't take my pill's or I don't know what would have happen I don't even want to think about it! YOUR FRIEND PENNY

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Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-10-29 04:40:57 -0500 Report

I agree. Lantus does not usually cause severe drops like that. I wonder if you accidentally took too much. Did you check your dosage?

sisson 2008-10-29 06:55:43 -0500 Report

I make sure that I only take the 20 units that I was told to take! There have been a couple of time where I had to give myself 5 or 10 more because when I pull out some insulin comes out but before I do that I call my doctor first!!

vgarrison 2008-10-29 08:36:57 -0500 Report


That happened to me before as well. The insulin coming out I mean. My doc told me to keep the needles in for the count of 5 after I am done plunging. First it was weird just standing there with this needle in me for that long (well seemed like forever) but now that I'm used to it, it's second nature and no more "spilling".


Olies mom
Olies mom 2008-10-30 12:41:33 -0500 Report

I split my dosage of Lantus also, 35 morning and evening. I use the smalest needles, and still get brusing, but figure is a smapp price to pay. But I don't see that it does a heck of a lot for me either, as my readings are usually high in the AM. I am finding the more I exercise the lower my readings are. My husband suggested and swears by it taking Metamucil to help regulate things. He started taking it because he ws having such a problem with the Metformin. This week I got the results from my A1c test, and my number dropped from 7.8 to 7.2, and the Metamucil was the only thing that I had changed in the last 3 month, and then not on a regular basis, only when I would think about it, maybe once a week, one or two weeks 3 or 4 times those weeks. So I figured I would start taking it everyday for the next three month and see if there is something to it.

2catty 2008-10-30 15:20:27 -0500 Report

I have the same problem with the A.M. I will totally try this. Hey it's whatever works you know. Keep us posted on your experiment.

Aunt Pat
Aunt Pat 2008-10-26 06:06:54 -0500 Report

I taakr 37 units of lantus in the morning and 35 at night. My doctor and I had fun attempting to regulate it for me but this has worked for several months. I do not take any other insulin and am unable to take oral diabetic meds. I believe it must have been something other than the lantus that caused your "low". I would definitely talk with your doctor about it.
aunt apt

2catty 2008-10-25 16:09:20 -0500 Report

Lantus will not cause a sudden drop in blood sugar as you expained. It is a maintence insulin. It slow releases during a 24 hour period. Something else could have caused it. I myself take 70 units in morn. and 70 at bedtime. It does nothing for me though. I wake up with my blood sugar at around 240 every morning. Stess and diet effects blood sugar tremendously. Maybe that was a factor with your drop. Be well.

sisson 2008-10-23 18:27:00 -0500 Report

Thank you everyone I will ask my doctor if I should take it night like the rest of you maybe that will help and maybe I should eat more too!!!

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-10-24 15:20:56 -0500 Report

I am glad you asked about Lantis. My doctor just put me on it 25 units a bed time. He also put me on the humalog pen 3 times a day. The Humilin 70/30 was just not working.
Thanks Dan.

vgarrison 2008-10-23 07:35:29 -0500 Report


I take 30 units of Lantus at bedtime, but I also take Apidra with meals. 5 units for breakfast/lunch and 8 with dinner. I have had some lows thru the day before, but mostly because I didn't eat enough carbs with dinner.

I too thought that Lantus was a "at bedtime" insulin. Any idea why your doctor has you on it in the morning??


enigmalady777 2008-10-22 17:04:16 -0500 Report

I take Lantus as well. I take 38 units at night. I've been taking it for a little over a month now.

I've not had any true "lows" with it. I do tend to get shaky, dizzy and irritable when my blood sugar hits about 85-90, but that's truly a "false low" since my body is used to being at a much higher level (200's).

The only "side effect" I've encountered with Lantus is painful burning and stinging when I take the injection, along with bad bruising, due to the relatively high dosage. To counteract this, I started splitting the dose into two smaller injections and take them one right after the other. This has eliminated the bruising, but there's still a little bit of stinging with the first injection, but it's not nearly as bad as it was when I was taking the full 38 units in one injection.

Hope this helps.

vgarrison 2008-10-23 07:33:27 -0500 Report

Are you using the long or short needles? When I first started taking my Lantus I was on 20 units and was getting huge baseball size bruises. I was using the short needles. Now I am taking 30 units of Lantus at bedtime and use the long needles and no more bruising. Still some stinging though, but no bruising.

Also my doctor told me that the long needles are what "heavy" people should use, because there is more fat to get in the way. (Not saying that your "heavy", but I am)…maybe this can help.


enigmalady777 2008-10-25 15:48:00 -0500 Report

As a matter of fact, I AM using the short needles - that's what the doctor prescribed. They are the 8mm.

I will make mention of this when I see her this coming Monday afternoon.

And yes, I'm "heavy" too.

Thanks for the tip!

enigmalady777 2008-10-28 10:09:29 -0500 Report

I mentioned the small needle vs. long needle to my doctor yesterday and showed her one of my big bruises from over a week ago.

She prescribed me 30 28 gauge 1 inch needles to "try" out to see if that helps. She did mention that these needles may hurt though.

What kind of needs are you using now?

I haven't started using them because she kind of scared me with that statement. She also had no problem with me splitting the dose as long as I am taking them at the same time in the same area.

vgarrison 2008-10-29 04:12:47 -0500 Report

I use BD Ultra 30 28 Gauge 1/2 inch needle. OK the 1 inch I don't know about, but the 1/2 inch is awsome and there are times when I am able to do it so well with them that I don't feel a thing, not even the stinging. The only bruise I have right now is a very small faint one that I got when I forgot the pinch my skin. Come to find out that does make a biiiiig difference as well.

Just make sure you don't hesitate too much when giving your shot…if I am able to just "jab" it in it doesn't hurt, but when I hesitate, that's when it can hurt!!!

Good Luck!!!

Blessed Be

Lanore 2008-10-29 05:01:46 -0500 Report

I agree vicki, I like the short needles as well and don't have too many problems with it. It will bruise from time to time but that is a small price to pay i guess. I have used the longer needles and have to say I really like the short one much better. Lanore ;-)

vgarrison 2008-10-29 05:10:21 -0500 Report

I forgot to ask what size you were using before. I guess my idea of the longer may vary from other people. I started out using the 1/4 inch which were way to short for me, and now I use the 1/2 inch.

Lanore 2008-10-29 05:16:33 -0500 Report

Hi Vicki not sure if this is for me or not but i believe I used a 1" needle before, This was back in the early 90's when I was pregant with my son had to use insulin. Mixed it my self as well. I so like that you can use a pen now. So much easier today than back than. Lanore :-)

enigmalady777 2008-10-29 05:57:43 -0500 Report

Okay, I looked at the package of needles my doctor gave me to try and they are the BD Ultra 28 gauge 1/2 inch needle, not 1 inch. I guess they look SO huge to me compared to the short needles I was using. The short needles were the 5/16 of an inch and 31 gauge.

I was going to use the longer needle last night - got as far as filling the syringe, but chickened out at the last minute and went for the two-shots-in-a-row with the shorter needle because I'm a wimpette.


vgarrison 2008-10-29 08:35:15 -0500 Report


First off you are not a wimp. It took me 3 days of looking at them to get my willpower up to use the 1/2 inch. Let me say though I now have about 85 of the shorty needles sitting in my cupboard, and I have only 3 of the 1/2 inch left. I just sent my hubby to the store to get me more of the 1/2 inch cuz I won't touch the shorter ones now unless I absolutely have to. I live in hurricane central so I am keeping the short needles…juuuust in case.

Take a deep breath, and hopefully the longer needles will help!!

Good Luck

vgarrison 2008-10-29 08:38:45 -0500 Report


Wow I had an interesting time getting used to the 1/2 inch…I can't imagine the 1 inch, and pregnant too. I know this sounds weird, but I would be afraid of hitting the baby. I know its not really medically possible, but still that thought would be in my head. LOL


enigmalady777 2008-10-30 00:00:54 -0500 Report

Okay, I sucked it up and used the 1/2 inch needle tonight and guess what!? It didn't hurt at all! Even the stinging was less noticable! Yay!

I'm a happy camper. Now I too will have something like 300 of the short needles sitting in my cabinet collecting dust! Maybe I can sell 'em on ebay for a discount and make back some of what I paid, lol.

vgarrison 2008-10-30 11:51:30 -0500 Report


Oh I'm so happy for you!!! I know they made a big difference for me and I hope they keep helping you as well!! Ebay huh…hmmm may have to look into that. LOL


Lanore 2008-10-30 08:22:55 -0500 Report

your right vicki, I did have that thought, but as you said it really is impossible to do that…but it is there in the back of your mind as you take the insulin. I guess that is why I like the short needles so much…will not go back to the longer ones. Lanore :-)

vgarrison 2008-10-30 11:52:08 -0500 Report


Yes I can now see what you mean about not wanting to use the long needles again…I wouldnt either after that..LOL


Lanore 2008-10-22 05:16:58 -0500 Report

Hi Penny,
I also use Lantus and have not had that problem. I will sometimes have a problem at night around 2am or so with a low reading, but I only take lantus at night before bed.
It sounds like you may not have had enough to eat with the insulin and it was all carbs. You didn't say how much insulin you took? But maybe it was too much. Take care. Lanore :-)

sisson 2008-10-22 08:27:35 -0500 Report

I take 20 units in the morning 30min before breakfast!

Lanore 2008-10-23 03:08:51 -0500 Report

I thought lantus was taken at night, i didn't know that some took it in the morn. You prob just didn't eat enough with the insulin you took. I think i would ask my Dr to too be on the sfae side. Take care.

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