How Much Lanuts is Too Much?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2017-08-15 10:55:23 -0500
Started 2011-09-21 13:17:04 -0500

I am a type 2 who takes Lantus once a day before I go to bed. I am currently on 30 units of Lantus and was wondering if that is a high dose or a low dose or average. My numbers are pretty good, and it works for me, but I was wondering what is considered "normal"? Not that anything is normal in diabetes.

22 replies

Type 2 Don
Type 2 Don 2016-11-17 22:40:05 -0600 Report

I've been taking 120 units before bedtime for 5 yrs. I tried twice a day, and it seemed to work better taking Lantus once a day. 14 units Novolog before meals. Keeps my A1c below 7.

Bogy 2011-09-23 17:59:52 -0500 Report

I am also on Lantus.I take 30 units at bedtime and it seems to work for me. The way I see it,is that whatever works for you is what you should take. Don't try to fix it ,if it is not broken. Pete

Anonymous 2011-09-24 09:21:01 -0500 Report

It is working pretty well for me. I have had a couple of near low episodes, but nothing bad. My last doctor appointment said things are going great, and I am happy.

sewinggranny 2011-09-23 16:42:08 -0500 Report

I am on Lantus at bedtime and I take 90 units at a time, also on humolog at meals and I do none for breakfast, 30 to 40 units at lunchtime and 40 units for supper. It depends on the individual and how much you need to keep your levels under control

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-22 12:28:16 -0500 Report

You are right. The only thing normal in the diabetic field is me. Of course, I am the one doing that evaluation. When I was on Lantus, I was on 80 units. After 6 months i got the doctor to agree it was not doing me any good. I showed him my numbers from when I was on Lantus and the next month when I took myself off of it. No real difference. I am now on Humilin and my numbers have dropped.

MrsCDogg 2011-09-22 05:57:53 -0500 Report

My doc told me that 100 units per day was the limit as far as he was concerned.

jayabee52 2011-09-22 22:28:24 -0500 Report

doesn't that depend on the type of insulin itself? My Jem used to have to take more than 100 u of certain insulins from time to time. 100 u was as big as the syringe would hold as I remember and we'd have to draw up a second syringe. Fortunately that did not last long.

Armourer 2011-09-22 05:42:05 -0500 Report

I started taking Lantus some ten years ago at 6u a day. Ten years later I've gone to 110u a day [55 morning, 55 night], but just lost 12 pounds and my numbers kept going low, so I adjusted it down to 100u and it is much better. Doc said he has seen folks as high as 500u a day.

kdroberts 2011-09-21 20:48:26 -0500 Report

Too much is the amount that sends your blood sugar uncontrollably low. There really is no normal amount, it's all individual. Some people take less than 5u a day, some take over 150, it just depends.

Type1Lou 2011-09-21 15:34:47 -0500 Report

It's hard to say what is a "normal" dose since what worked for me may not work for you. Body size, activity, meals all play a role. Prior to going on the pump on 8/16, I was on 14u of Lantus which I took in the morning. My Lantus dose had been reduced at my initial consult with an endo in December from the 20u previously prescribed by my PCP. The endo also changed the time of day I took it from bedtime to morning since I was getting some really repeated scary morning low BG's. We finally decided that the MDI (multiple daily injections one of Lantus and NovoLog on a sliding scale) were not working for me and I started on the pump a month ago. I LOVE my pump and am kicking myself for not trying it sooner.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-21 15:26:44 -0500 Report

To anonymous. I used to take 20 units of humulin twice a day. After attending a diabetes education class and getting a meal plan drawn up by a dietician on July 7th, 2011 I dropped the insulin in less then a month. This is amazing because I had surgery a week after starting the meal plan and over 6 weeks of recovery. Since that time I have dropped 2 glyburide. Attending a class or getting a meal plan from a dietician might help you to become insulin free also. I was first diagnosed in 03. I am type 2 also. For type 1's that is a whole different story.

Anonymous 2011-09-24 09:17:56 -0500 Report

I chose to go to insulin because the doctor wanted to keep me on Actos and it was messing with my body in a very bad way. Insulin offered me less side effects, so it is my treatment of choice.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-21 14:32:21 -0500 Report

I take 50 units in hte morning and 50 at nite before bed! My not exercising on the bike has made this go UP! Got to try to get back on the bike, hard to lift up leg to get on bike! Grandpa Bill

ShellyLargent 2011-09-21 14:07:54 -0500 Report

If 30 units is working for you, then that's what's "normal" for you. Everyone is different. Me, I can't take Lantus. Big waste of money for me. I was taking almost 100 units of Lantus a day, with no effect at all. I switched back to my "old" insulin routine and have been doing good ever since (10 yr. diagnosis anniversary this past April). I take 25 units of NPH in the AM and 35 in the PM. I use Humulin R for meals on a ratio of 1 unit of insulin : 10 carbs. Glad to hear that things are working for you. Keep it up!

Anonymous 2011-09-24 09:19:12 -0500 Report

What is your "old" insulin? I have never explored other insulin types. Just went with what my doctor recommended.