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Switching basal from lantus...

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by TwinkleToesKirsty, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. TwinkleToesKirsty

    TwinkleToesKirsty Other · Member

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    Hey all, quick question for you!

    I've been on lantus for a couple of years and have noticed recently that in order to keep my overnight BG down I need more insulin at night than during the day, if I take the amount to keep my night time BG okay then I have hypos during the day. My DSN has mentioned switching to a basal which is taken twice a day, so that I can have more in the PM and less in the AM. Has anyone had any experience of this?

    Also, if I was to take, say 40 units of lantus once a day, would I have to take 20 units in the morning and 20 in the evening of 12hr basal or 40 and 40?

    Thanks in advance!
    Kirsty.
     
  2. angieG

    angieG Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Kirsty,

    I am pretty new to all this only having been on insulin since August, but have you tried varying the time in the evening you take your lantus?
    I have found if I take mine about 9pm I end up far lower in the morning than if I take it at 11pm. I started taking mine earlier to cope with evening rises as the effect wore off from he evening dose the previous day (I don't take any in the mornings) and I ended up moving it back a bit later again as I was getting morning readings often around 4 or slightly below. If I take it about 11pm it hardly goes down much overnight.

    HTH
    Angie
     
  3. mattr

    mattr · Active Member

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    This is why I changed to Levemir from Lantus, a couple of people on my Dafne course have also done the same.

    My DSN started me on less than half of my Lantus twice a day so find out if/when they prescribe the new insulin.
     
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