Lantus User

By transkid05 Latest Reply 2012-07-14 17:26:11 -0500
Started 2012-07-10 15:43:09 -0500

I have been using Lantus for about 7 months and in the beginning it was relatively easy to control BG with a relative small amount. As time passes it is harder and harder to get the first test in the morning where my dr wants it and even with control of diet evening figures are bordering on higher than should be. Overnight BG climbs and I take my Lantus at night. Am seeing my transplant surgeon tomorrow and will tell him but what is the experience others have had with Lantus?

14 replies

Armourer 2012-07-12 01:15:40 -0500 Report

I began using Lantus in 2004 at only 6 units. Twelve years later I'm doing 55 units in the morning and 55 units at night, for 110 units a day. I also take Humalog for my short term insulin. I've found that if I eat a bag of air-pop popcorn before bed I have more normal numbers in the morning.

transkid05 2012-07-14 17:26:11 -0500 Report

That's a suggestion that sounds helpful and yummie! Thank you for your suggestion. I would love to have close to normal #s in the mornings

transkid05 2012-07-11 19:52:27 -0500 Report

Thank you so much to all who have replied. I was in St. Louis today and spoke to my transplant surgeon who although is no longer following the diabetes treatment himself did give me some hints and I will speak to my MD by the end of the week. Seeing and endo is an extremely good suggestion and if things don't improve with my MD will certainly do so. I started with 10U and am now on 33. My surgeon suggested that adding another or simply switching to another may solve the problem. Will keep you informed and so appreciate your caring!

alanbossman 2012-07-11 10:26:27 -0500 Report

I have been on Lantus for over four years now at first I was taking 24u to 28u in my first year, now I 'am down to 15u to 18u and doing great

Type1Lou 2012-07-11 09:43:39 -0500 Report

I was using Lantus for a number of years before going on a pump last August. With bolus injections of Novolog, it worked quite well for me. But then, I started getting higher BG numbers and my GP kept increasing the Lantus dose from around 15u to 20u. The problem with that was that I started experiencing many scary morning dangerously low BG's. After an epidose landed me in the hospital and the GP wasn't changing anything, I sought a referral to an endo. She changed my Lantus from bedtime to morning and actually reduced the dose to 14u. She also got me back on track, counting carbs and giving me a sliding scale for my Novolog. That worked better, but eventually, I opted for a pump which ahs given me even better control. If you're not seeing an endocrinologist for your diabetes, I would encourage you to do so. I'm convinced that had I continued my diabetes care with my GP, I wouldn't have survived.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-11 06:09:03 -0500 Report

I've been in Lantus now for almost a year as a T1. It does work for me, since my honeymoon stage seems to be over and my pancreas is gone I also have had to increase. What worked for me was cutting dosage in half. I now am seeing better fasting numbers, not always ideal, but am able to stay close most of the time where doc wants me. One thing I learned is certain times I may need more to cover me for the day. You will also see that when your basal of Lantus is diminishing you do begin to spike, at least I do. I started with 10 units when I was diagnosed, of course they thought I was a T2, instantly was increased to 16 as a T1. I am now at 23 to 26 per 24 hour period and on a very strict, low carb diet like others here! Good luck, not sure if any of this helps!

old biker
old biker 2012-07-10 17:20:22 -0500 Report

I'm sorry I can't be of any help..I am a short time user of lantus I only have been on it for 4 months, and it seems to be working fine..I am interested in what others say and maybe you can give us an update on your doctors opinion.
If you go on lantus home page they have a pop up where you put in your weight and they tell you how many units they recommend..That might help you some

Harlen 2012-07-10 16:11:21 -0500 Report

D dont get better it take more and more it seams to me anyway.
Lantus didnt do a thing for me after the first month
Best wishes

transkid05 2012-07-10 16:57:31 -0500 Report

Thanks Harlen for your reply. I have the feeling that's what is happening to me. I keep increasing but with very little difference. I am definitely speaking to my MD about the issue.

Harlen 2012-07-10 21:33:12 -0500 Report

You mite try taking a slow 20 min walk in the yard 30 min before bead ??
Best wishes

CJ55 2012-07-10 22:01:54 -0500 Report

I Was taking Lantus for over 1year, i was up to 85 u at night. It really did not work very well for me. I was still waking up with high BS. :-(

CJ55 2012-07-10 23:55:57 -0500 Report

I only take U-500 Humilin R (concentrated) injection. No orl meds or other insulin.