Injecting Lantus twice daily HELP!

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Celal
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   Posted 10/5/2005 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have type II diabetes for almost ten years. Sulfonurea and metformine medication did not lower my blood glucose level lately. I started taking insuline shots (Lantus) at night time (55 UI) and later added Avandia (roziglitazone) 8 mg (+metformine) daily. I still had hard time to control the post perennial levels. My doctor suggested me to divide the insuline intake and receive one shot in the morning and the other one at night. He reduced Avandia to 4 mg per day. Can somebody help me when is the best hour to give a shot and with Lantus does it make any difference to take it before or after meals?

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/7/2005 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Lantus and I take it at bedtime. It's a long acting insulin and works over a 24 hour period so I don't know why your doc has you injecting it twice a day... I was instructed to take it about two hours after dinner. I'm on much the same meds as you except my insulin is only 10 to 15 units. Are you getting your 1/2 hour of exercise a day? When my sugars started creeping up I realized I wasn't getting enough exercise, wasn't drinking enough water and had started adding back some potatoes (and french fries!) as well as rice into my diet.

I had a really good talk with myself and revamped my diet and added back my exercise stuff. I also park far away at the store and walk more. Use the stairs whenever it's safe and am trying to add more movement to my day. I'm not picking on you... I know the dumb sugars can act with a will of their own but I'd like you to try those things and see if they help a bit with the sugars, too.
~ Jeannie

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-Katherine Hepburn


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Pin Cushion
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   Posted 10/7/2005 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a type 1 om lantus. A while back I was having trouble with my numbers and was suggested that I try splitting it and taking it twice a day. It didn't work for me but there was a couple of people that said it helped them. We are all different and we just gotta keep trying until we find that combo of a good diet and the correct ammount of meds.
Hang in there.
AL
Sigmoid Colostomy / Crohns / Type 1 Diabetic / Ostioarthritus / Fibromyalgia / Asthma / High Blood Pressure / High Colesterol / Migraines. Ain't life a joy?



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Celal
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   Posted 10/8/2005 5:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to you both,
I have to admit that I am almost without any physical activity since long, altough I have fairly good control on my diet. It is time to make up my mind and start shaking myself.
Keep well

Jeannie143
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   Posted 10/8/2005 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Celal,
You don't have to shake yourself! We'll do it for you! (LOL!) Actually, it's not always easy to get your exercise in but one thing I have found that works and it's free. (Kind of depends on where you live as in, winter ice and snow.) On my way home from dropping my kids at school I would cruise over to a very wealthy neighborhood along the river. I park my car and walk along looking at the pretty homes and river for 15 minutes. Then I turn around and walk back to my car. I noticed that after a few weeks I was walking ever further in my half hour and getting better sugars, too.

Unfortunately I have sustained a nasty foot injury and the walking thing is out now so I'm stuck doing yoga... but any movement is better than none! Hang in there and keep coming back here for inspiration. Most everyone here is very helpful and caring and have little hints to help us all fight the good fight.

And remember, the reward for being good is that you get to be good some more! You also get to see your grandkids grow up and keep your feet. Just keep making good choices every day. Every good choice is a step toward feeling better. Bad choices can stop at any time and be replaced by good ones. And when your sugar is high, if you can't do anything else, drink water. That will help your kidneys do their job and dilute your blood.

Glad to make you as a new friend even if it's just because we share diabetes.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn


"Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change."


Celal
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   Posted 10/9/2005 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie,
I started today to paddle my canoe (such a coicidence, I have always admired Katherine & Spencer) and I feel the same and am very glad that you accept me as a friend. I feel better and I know that I can share not only my concerns but also the positive aspects of life.
Take care
Celal

Aleta47
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   Posted 10/22/2005 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I take lantus at night also and do pills during the day and my numbers are always perfect in the morning and l very bad 2 hrs. after each meal .Due to unbearable pain i no longer exersize much. Help !

Celal
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   Posted 10/23/2005 1:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Aleta47,
I take 55 UI Lantus per day and I have splitted it into two: I take 33 UI in the morning and 22 UI in the evening before going to bed. I also use Starlix 120 mg 3x before meals and 3x metformin after meals.
Doing all this I have readings between 100 and 150 max. I do not exercise (except walking 20 minutes a day) . What is the cause of your pain?
Take care
Celal

Warren
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   Posted 10/26/2005 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I was a Lantus user on heavy oral meds and had the same problem with spikes as the rest of you. My fasting was 70-100 and my 2 hr postprandials were 200+ (not good at all). My doc put me on Byetta, and voila. Fasting is now about 120-140 but my 2 hr post prandials are 70-90 !!! We are going to work on the fasting numbers but that move killed the spikes for me.

I will pass on that my pharmacist gave me B&D Ultrafine III 31g 5mm(3/16's of an inch) needles and they are soooooo small and thin that most times you can't feel them go in. Made my transition to using an injectible not so daunting.
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