Uses

This medication is a combination of insulin glargine and lixisenatide and is used with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.Insulin glargine is a man-made product that is similar to human insulin. It acts longer than regular insulin, providing a low, steady level of insulin. It works by helping blood sugar (glucose) get into cells so your body can use it for energy. Lixisenatide is similar to a natural hormone in your body (incretin). It works by causing insulin release in response to high sugar levels (such as after a meal) and decreasing the amount of sugar your liver makes.

How to use

Read the Medication Guide and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Learn all preparation and usage instructions. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change where you inject each time to lessen the risk of problems or damage under the skin (for example, pits/lumps or thickened skin). Do not inject into skin that is red, swollen, itchy, or damaged.

Inject this medication under the skin in the thigh, abdomen, or upper arm as directed by your doctor, usually once daily within 1 hour before the first meal of the day. Use a new needle for each injection. Do not inject into a vein or muscle because very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may occur.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Lixisenatide can slow down or decrease the absorption of other drugs such as birth control pills, antibiotics, or acetaminophen. Take other medications at least 1 hour before using this medication. Take birth control pills at least 1 hour before or 11 hours after using this medication. If you must take these other medications with food, take them with a meal or snack when you are not using this product. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about when to take your medications.

Do not share your pen device with another person, even if the needle is changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it with the same meal each day.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse (your blood sugar is too high or too low).

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