If your doctor is suggesting a long-acting insulin, ask about once-daily Toujeo®. You and your doctor may find Toujeo® helps you put your blood sugar back on track.
Insulin, Glucose and You
Insulin and glucose
When you hear the word insulin, you may think of a drug taken by people who have diabetes.
While this is true, what you may not know is that insulin is one of the many hormones created in the human body.
Insulin is important to the body. It allows blood sugar (or glucose) to get into cells to provide them with energy.
When you eat, your body breaks down food into glucose in your small intestine.
This is your body’s source of energy for everything it does, from working and thinking to exercising and healing.
Glucose travels through your bloodstream, looking for individual cells that need energy.
For glucose to get into the cells, it requires insulin.
Insulin is the key that unlocks cells for glucose to enter and deliver energy.
When insulin arrives, it signals the cells to activate glucose transporters.
These transporters pull glucose through cell walls.
When glucose moves into the cell, it delivers energy.
Insulin is normally produced in the pancreas by specialized cells called beta cells.
When glucose enters your bloodstream, the pancreas matches it with the right amount of insulin to move glucose into your cells.
In people with diabetes, this process doesn't work as it should. In type 1 diabetes, scientists believe the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys beta cells in the pancreas. A person with type 1 diabetes loses the ability to produce insulin.
In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is not producing enough insulin to meet the body's needs. Over time, the amount of insulin typically becomes less and less.
In some type 2 diabetes patients, cells build up a resistance to insulin. Even though there may be insulin in the bloodstream, it is not enough to unlock cells to allow glucose to enter.
As a result, it takes more insulin to find the right key to unlock the cell for glucose. This makes it more difficult for cells to get the energy they need.
The effects of diabetes
When glucose can’t get into the cells—either because there isn’t enough insulin or because the body is resisting it—glucose begins to build up in the bloodstream.
As a result, all that energy is wasted. It does not get to cells where it is needed. Without glucose in your cells, they lack the energy they require to keep your body working.
Prescription Toujeo® is a long-acting insulin used to control blood sugar in adults with diabetes mellitus.
Do not take Toujeo® if you have low blood sugar or if you are allergic to insulin or any of the ingredients in Toujeo®.
Before starting Toujeo®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have liver or kidney problems, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
Heart failure can occur if you are taking insulin together with pills called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), even if you have never had heart failure or other heart problems. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Toujeo®. Your treatment with TZDs and Toujeo® may need to be changed or stopped by your doctor if you have new or worsening heart failure. Tell your doctor if you have any new or worsening symptoms, including:
Tell your doctor about all the medications you take, including OTC medicines, vitamins, supplements, and herbal supplements.
Toujeo® should be taken at the same time once a day. Test your blood sugar levels daily while using insulin, including Toujeo®. Do not change your dose or type of insulin without talking to your doctor. Verify that you have the correct insulin before each injection. Do NOT use a syringe to remove Toujeo® from your Solostar® pen. Your dose for Toujeo® may be different from other insulins you have taken. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.
Do NOT dilute or mix Toujeo® with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Use Toujeo® only if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible.
While using Toujeo®, do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Toujeo® affects you. Don’t drink alcohol or use other medicines that contain alcohol.
The most common side effect of any insulin, including Toujeo®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious and life-threatening. Severe hypoglycemia may cause harm to your heart or brain. Symptoms of serious low blood sugar may include shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision.
Toujeo® may cause severe allergic reactions that can lead to death. Get medical help right away if you have:
Toujeo® may have additional side effects including swelling, weight gain, low potassium, and injection site reactions which may include change in fat tissue, skin thickening, redness, swelling, and itching.
Toujeo® SoloStar® is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Talk to your doctor about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that comes with the pen.
When we eat, most of the food is broken down into its basic components. One of them is glucose (sugar), which runs into our bloodstream.
We need insulin to turn that blood sugar into energy that our cells can use.
For many people, just the right amount of insulin is released from the pancreas to help the body use or store the sugar it gets from food.
For people with type 2 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body can’t properly use the insulin it produces to keep their blood sugar controlled.
For people with type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin at all. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and requires insulin therapy and other treatments to manage their condition.
Once-daily Toujeo® is a long-acting insulin that is approved for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who have taken insulin and for those who haven’t.
Not all long-acting insulins are the same. Ask your doctor about stable blood sugar levels with steady-release Toujeo®. Learn how Toujeo® works.
ADA - American Diabetes Association
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