Basaglar KwikPens 100 units/mL are a disposable single-patient-use prefilled pen containing 300 units (3mL) of Basaglar insulin.
Basaglar (insulin glargine) is a long-acting insulin that begins working several hours after injection and can work steadily for 24 hours. It has similar functionality of Lantus.
Insulin glargine is human-made insulin that is similar to that produced in our bodies which it effectively replaces. It helps blood sugar enter the cells so they can have energy.
Insulin glargine controls high glucose (sugar) and contributes well to a healthy diet and fitness program.
It is commonly used in adults and pediatric patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Ensure you are ordering the correct insulin, as insulin products can easily be mistaken for one another, as there are multitude of kwikpens, cartridges and vials on the market.
Do not share Basaglar KwikPens with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a severe infection or get a serious illness from them.
Basaglar also provides insulin glargine in cartridges to load up your KwikPen.
Keep out of reach of children.
Do not inject cold medicine as it can be painful, and keep medication at room temperature.
Wash hands before injecting insulin.
Inspect the product to ensure it’s not clear, colorless, or contains any particles.
Do not shake the container to avoid damaging it.
Do not inject into a muscle or vein.
Alternate where you inject the insulin to avoid damaging the skin. Do not inject where the skin is damaged, itchy, red, or swollen.
Do not mix with other insulin or solution or use it in an insulin pump.
Monitor your blood sugar regularly and keep track of results to share with your doctor.
Do not reuse needles or syringes.
Do not share your pen with other people as this can spread infection.
Managing high blood sugar can help avoid kidney damage, loss of limbs, sexual dysfunction, nerve problems, or blindness.
With proper diabetes management, you can lessen the possibility of experiencing a stroke or heart attack.
The following side effects may occur low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), allergy activation (see allergic reactions tab), shaking, sudden sweating, hunger, blurred vision, tingling hands/feet, dizziness, injection site reaction may occur such as redness, pain, and irritation, weight gain, low potassium, cramps, irregular heartbeat, fatigue/weakness.
Serious side effects from Basaglar aren’t familiar, but they can occur. Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you have a medical emergency.
Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following: headache, confusion, anxiety, drowsiness, hunger, irritable mood (being easily upset), sweating, fast heartbeat, seizures, coma, fatigue (lack of energy), feeling weak, muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythm, respiratory failure, and paralysis.
If any of these side effects persist, contact your pharmacist or doctor immediately as they may adjust your dose.
It is a good habit to carry around sweets (honey, candy, table sugar) or glucose tablets to treat low blood sugar.
Try to eat your meals on a regular schedule and avoid skipping meals. Ask your pharmacist or doctor what to do if you happen to miss a meal.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects but contact your doctor immediately for medical advice if you should experience any of these side effects.
In rare cases, a patient may be allergic to an insulin product. Severe insulin allergies may be life-threatening. If you think you have an allergic reaction, seek medical help immediately. Signs of insulin allergy include rashes all over your body, shortness of breath, wheezing (trouble breathing), palpitations (rapid heartbeat), sweating, low blood pressure.
The active ingredient in Basaglar is insulin glargine (rDNA origin). The nonmedicinal ingredients in the 3 mL cartridges and KwikPen are glycerin, m-cresol, zinc oxide, and water for injection. Hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide are added for pH adjustment.
If you experience a severe allergic reaction, please visit your nearest healthcare facility.
Insulin glargine may be used along with other short-acting insulin products and other diabetes medications.
It’s essential to read the leaflet, which comes with the Basaglar Kwikpen U-100 insulin pen, or speak to your pharmacist before starting using it. If you have any questions, you shouldn’t hesitate to talk to your pharmacist, nurse, doctor, or diabetes educator.
Your dosage should be advised by your doctor based on your health and condition.
It’s essential to measure each dose carefully as directed by your doctor. Even the slightest change in the amount of insulin can harm your blood sugar levels.
Clean the skin with a swab and alcohol before injecting insulin.
Medication should be injected under the skin (subcutaneously) of the abdomen, thigh, or upper arms once daily or as advised by your doctor.
Insulin glargine can be used once daily, any time of the day, before meals. Try to keep application during the same time every day, such as before breakfast or dinner time.
Carefully follow your doctor’s instructions, diet, exercise program, and treatment plan to ensure the best results.
If you have missed a dose of Basaglar or if you have not injected enough insulin, your blood sugar level may become too high (hyperglycemia). Check your blood sugar frequently. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose, as this may lead to an overdose (see next tab).
If you have injected too much Basaglar, your blood sugar level may become too low (hypoglycemia). Check your blood sugar frequently. In general, to prevent hypoglycemia, you must eat more food and monitor your blood sugar.
Hypoglycemia may occur due to an excess of insulin relative to food intake, energy expenditure, or both.
In case of a drug overdose, contact a healthcare professional, hospital emergency department, or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no symptoms.
If you are planning to have a baby, are pregnant, or are nursing a baby, consult your doctor. Good control of diabetes is especially important for you and your unborn baby. Pregnancy may make managing your diabetes more difficult.
Unopened Basaglar cartridges or KwikPens should be stored in a refrigerator, between 2°C – 8°C. Keep Basaglar away from direct heat and light. Basaglar should not be stored in the freezer and should not be allowed to freeze. If Basaglar freezes, discard it.
Opened (In Use) Cartridge or KwikPen: The opened Basaglar cartridge or KwikPen in use should be stored at room temperature (below 30°C) for up to 28 days away from direct heat and light. If there is any remaining insulin after 28 days, discard it. The opened cartridge in use must never be removed from and reinserted into the injection pen. If Basaglar freezes discard it.
Do not use a Basaglar cartridge or KwikPen after the expiration date stamped on the label or if it is cloudy or contains visible particles.
Put your used needles in an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container right away after use. Do not throw away (dispose of) loose needles in your household trash.
If you do not have an FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is: made of heavy-duty plastic, can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid (without sharps being able to come out), upright and stable during use, leak-resistant, and properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container.
When your sharps disposal container is almost full, you will need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container. There may be state or local laws about how you should throw away used needles and syringes.
Do not dispose of your used sharps disposal container in your household trash unless your community guidelines permit this. Do not recycle your used sharps disposal container.
The used Pen may be discarded in your household trash after you have removed the needle.