User Reviews for Basaglar to treat Diabetes, Type 2
Basaglar has an average rating of 2.9 out of 10 from a total of 62 ratings for the treatment of Diabetes, Type 2. 11% of those users who reviewed Basaglar reported a positive effect, while 71% reported a negative effect.
“As with other patients, the insurance company forced me to use Basaglar in lieu of lantus, side effects are dangerous. Started having sleepless nights the painful swollen legs and body aches. Called my dr and he has switched me to treseba. My question is why does the insurance company risk our lives to save a few dollars, when the are boasting about making money every year? This is a horrible Medication.”
“I had always used Lantus for my Type II Diabetes for several years. My new ins company's formulary doesn't cover it. I contacted Sanofi to get a $99 Rx Savings Card, which I used for 2 refills w/out problems. This month my Rx request for Lantus was switched over to Basaglar, which is UNACCEPTABLE and unauthorised. I tried this and it didn't work for me. I can't deal w/the side effects. I find it annoying and unconscionable that insurance companies have the audacity to switch patient meds w/out first consulting a patient's physician to make sure that patients won't experience adverse reactions to a change in med. There shouldn't be able to be doing this. "First Do No Harm" should be their primary focus not their own selfish bottom line. . The FDA DOESN'T consider nor did it approve Basaglar as a biosimilar 2 Lantus cuz Lantus wasn't approved under the Public Health Service Act, so there is no “reference product” for a proposed biosimilar product.”
“I am a type 2 diabetic first I was taking lantus after being diagnosed in June last year due to My insurance I was switched to basalagar so far I haven't had any problems at all this medicine has helped me a lot to drop My a1c keep in mind this is coming from some one was in the ICU because my sugar was so high”
Frequently asked questions
- Basaglar and Lantus - What is the difference between them?
- Is Tresiba the same as Lantus?
- Toujeo vs Tresiba - What's the difference between them?
- When is the best time to take Toujeo?
- How much Toujeo is too much?
“I agree with the vast majority of reviews here and elsewhere--Basaglar is garbage. It doesn't work at all! Before being switched I was waking up to levels between 80 to 135. Even with drastic increases in dosage, my levels are in the 300's and never come down, even while fasting. This garbage is a placebo--sugar water. Worthless and dangerous to use. God only knows what kind of damage it's causing diabetics!”
“I was on Lantus which worked beautifully for me. Like others, I was switched to Basaglar (not my doing). The issue I am having is that my appetite seems to have doubled. In a matter of two months I went from 188lb to 201lb. I know my diet as a diabetic is a delicate one. I have had no other changes in my meds whatsoever. This has occurred since I started this insulin. I hate it!!! Am I the only one that experienced this issue?”
“I have had "Type 2 Diabetes" for 20 years. Was on Lantus for most of that time. Blood sugars were so well controlled I was able to stop Lantus for weeks and stay on oral medications (not Metformin but Pioglitzone and Sitaglyptin). My insurance switched me to Basaglar. At first it seemed OK. However, in 24 hrs my sugar jumped from under 200 mg% to over 500 mg%. Reading the other patient reports and considering my own experience, I would say it is highly likely that the batches of Basaglar vary in potency. Note that in the online report on this insulin, https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cadth.ca%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fcdr%2Fseb%2FSE0451_Basaglar_SEB_Report.pdf vital information has been redacted. So, you can't view the reports on its purity or stability. This was a money saving gambit by the manufacturer. As an M.D. with 30 years of treating diabetes, I think this insulin is unreliable.”
“My insurance forced the switch from Lantus, which I have been taking for years, to Basaglar. I started to develop skin sensitivity, rash, and my sugar became hard to control. I also started having heart and breathing problems. The Basaglar also seems to deliver its payload rapidly several hours after injection causing hard to control highs and lows. I was able to get a card from Sanofi for discounted Lantus. Things are improving but I feel think I have a ways to go to undo the damage done by the Basaglar.”
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“I had to change from lantus to basaglar due to insurance company changing pier status of lantus I am very concerned due to the inaccuracy of the basaglar kwikpen. Some times it gives the correct amount I have dialled in, more often it is lowering the amount I have dialled in. My morning blood sugar is fluctuating greatly because of this. If you are using this kwikpen be aware it may not be administering the correct dose. I feel there should be an investigation on the quality of pen.”
“Well...Those fools at my Insurance company have decided they know more than my Doctors about Medicating my Diabetes type 2..They Refused my Lantus script after 5 successful years of controlling my A1C..Insurance denied my Doctors pre-approval request 2 times? Basaglar was their replacement drug of choice sooo here we go.So far about 1 year now and as of today NO Bad Side Effects. My A1Cs are about the same as before and everything appears to be Fine? (Knock on Wood) I have had a Heart Attack recently and required 4 stents to get me up again on my feet. My Cardio team has reviewed my med list and do not think it has any relation to my using Basaglar as opposed to Lantus.I place my trust in my team and will continue to use Basaglar until I am advised against it by my doctors ,have a reaction to it or my insurance decides there is a cheaper alternative? God Help us All who lives are governed by the Decisions of a bunch of Insurance underwriters as apposed to the knowledge of our Doctors?”
“I have been on metformin for about 25 years and additional pill meds to supplement for a long time. Dr recently switched me to Basaglar a little over a month ago. Started at 15 units and have increased to 30. No change. Fasting sugars remain in the 250-280 range and mid 300’s two hours after meals. And this is while also taking 1000 MG of Metformin a day. Not happy with this.”
“This stuff is terrible! Its hard to use, hard to inject, inaccurate dosing, burns at injection site. Control isn't good either. I hate this and want to go back to Levemir ! Its all about insurance companies and money, not whats best for patients!”
“Been on both Lantus and now Basaglar and with Lantus alone it controlled my BGL well. With Basaglar I have barely improved my A1C with it and now need Novolog at big meal to even keep my A1C below 8.0. It seems like Basaglar doesn’t do anything to level out the smaller spikes as Lantus did. I have tried different injection sites and nothing helps. I could probably inject saline solution and get better results. The FDA needs to re-evaluate Basaglar because it’s not close to being as effective as Lantus.”
“I have been on Basaglar for at least 6 mths and it was just ok. Now I have terrible heart issues and breathing problems. Will not take this any longer. Someone needs to check into these problems and make sure this drug is safe!!”
“Was on Toujeo for years, which worked very well. My insurance dropped Toujeo in favor of Basalglar to reduce costs. For me, it’s much less effective. Morning blood glucose is 20-30 points higher; night is 40-50 points higher even with a 10 unit dosage increase. Basalglar is also 3x dilute, so it requires at least 3x injection volume increase. The injection pens seem to require more force which causes me to bend needles when I inject in kidney fat pads (can’t inject in belly anymore). I don’t like Basalglar.”
“Worst experience of my life! I've always maintained a A1c of 6.5 -7.2 on Lantus and using the Wal-Mart 70/30 but my insurance quit paying for my Lantus so I was switched to Basaglar and now I've had the worst A1c levels of 12.0 and 13.1 just this past week after 6 months! I been on to my insurance and finally they are paying for portion for my lantus Seems I'm not the only one”
“I took Lantus prior to Basaglar which was chemically "similar". Within days my blood glucose was out of control. Priorly, my HbA1c was 6.2 My glucose level rose from a norm of 109-179 to 154-228. Basaglar did NOT last a full 24 hours. Around hour 10 it seemed to wear off, causing elevated blood glucose levels. I developed a nagging, dry cough, swollen legs & upper abdomen. My doctor applied for a medical exception with my insurer and CVS to return to Lantus. I have to pay a higher co-pay (Basaglar copay's $30 & Lantus is $50 for a 3 week supply. To get a full month's supply I would have had to pay double that amount) The dry cough has not gone away. Neither has the swelling in my upper abdomen. My blood glucose levels are lower but are no longer under good control as before Basaglar. Very unhappy with the outcome. I filed a complaint with the FDA.”
“With lantus my glucose was controlled, then Dr. gave me basaglar kwickpen and the problems started. I find that the pen doesn't delivers the amount that I have selected. Normally I use 40 units of lantus, with this kwickpen pen, I selected 40 units and the pen delivers different amounts, sometimes is 35 u. others 37 u. so my glucose went up, then I decided mark in the pen 44 u. so I compensated the amount that the pen delivers, then my glucose was to low, because the amount that delivers was 49 u. since then my A1C went up . I'm going to see my Dr. in 2 weeks and I know she is going to nag me because my A1C and it's the exactitude with the pen is compromised. If you are about to switch to this brand careful cause doesn't work properly.”
“I have been on Basaglar for about 6 months. I have used other types of Insulin in the past. I find the pen hard to push when I am administering my insulin. I have a pen right now that is defective. I cannot push it to distribute the insulin. It seems "stiff" to turn to number of units I need. I ended up using a new pen. I went to my pharmacy and talked to the pharmacist and he said he could not replace pen that I needed to contact company.”
“My insurance company changed from Toujeo to Basaglar last year. The pen does not give a consistent dosage and there are also many air bubbles in the pen. Also the pen does not glide easily. My A1C is not consistent. Next Dr appointment I am going to speak to him about increasing dosage. I have complained to him about this pen. I also spoke to my pharmacist and he told me there are other complaints about Basaglar.”
“I would say, I have experienced the same as many here.... I was on Lantus, very expensive insurance carrier forced me to take a cheaper drug to enhance their profit margin and not only forced me to buy from their “preferred provider CVS Caremark, but also switch to Basaglar. Since switching my sugar has dramatically increased, especially in the morning for fasting blood sugar. This has forced me to increase my dosage, which doesn’t always work. I just got new insurance and I sure as heck am getting back on Lantus!”
“I started taking Basaglar two months ago. I had a massive headache for two weeks straight although my sugar went from 250 to 152 while using 12u. Then after the first two weeks, my headache went away but my sugar went way back up to the 300s. Went back to the doc and as per their instructions I increased the insulin by 5u every 3 days. At first there was no change. However when I got to 20u the persistent headaches started again, my vision blurred, I started to shake, and I broke out in a cold sweat. I had to leave work early 2 days in a row because I couldn't cope. No pain meds even Hydrocodone would help. After reading these reviews and experiencing this myself, I'm not taking this drug.”
“Was taking lantus pen and blood sugar was under 100, I was feeling good. Since my insurance forced me to start using Basaglar pen my blood sugar shot up to over 400 sometimes 526 and I can't get it below 300. Nothing else changed but the insulin.”
“Well I for one can honestly say THIS MEDICATION Basaglar does not work! Blood sugar was 400 after taking 40units of Basaglar overnight blood sugar when I woke up was 360 so I had to take rapid acting insulin to bring blood sugar down. I think they are trying get rid of us all with this stuff!”
“My insurance company switched me to this and I have went from my usual blood sugar of 90 to 120 to this morning 435. I have had muscle pain, night cramps increased appetite and weight gain. I hate this and I am on my way to the emergency room because of it. I feel a lawsuit coming on. I think this is an experimental drug and it’s hurting a lot of people. It a shame the greed that exhibits itself in the drug industry.”
“Basaglar is the worst! Only lowered blood sugar from 211 to 177 with 15u. It did produce a screaming tinnitus, insomnia, muscle ache, blurred vision, difficulty focusing, shaky, brain throb, head in a fog, higher blood pressure, anxiety, panic spells, nightmares hallucinations seeing something that is not there. There is a lot more in this than the manufacturer claims. It is only good in the garbage can and is where it is now. I feel a lot better not taking it and it was inhibiting my exercise and diet program. On track now.”
“My doctor had me take Basaglar as a generic for Lantus. Bad mistake, I ended up fainting a lot or passing out slept all day and woke up to 313 blood sugar this is without eating or even drinking. This is without taking Metformin pill but still disappointed. I have seen my blood sugar at the highest close to 250 after eating a large meal and this was not worth taking.”
“I used Lantus for years. Starting Jan. this year, my insurance company forces me to switch to Basaglar which is totally not working for me. I have data in the reader to prove my A1C is going higher than ever. Why would insurance companies force patients to switch to a drug that is not proven?”
“I normally just read comments, however I need to share my experience with Basaglar to help someone else. I started on Basaglar the end of January 2020. Since then I have ended up in the urgent room twice and my dr office once. Though this medication has helped lower my fasting blood sugar to an average of 90 to 114. It has given me constant shortness of breath. It's frightening to feel this way while going through corona virus pandemic. After reading the comments it made sense. I am going back to my doctor and will ask to be taken off this medication.”
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