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If you have diabetes but struggle to reach your treatment goals, a long-acting insulin may help you get your blood sugar numbers back to where you and your doctor want them.

One option is Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection) 300 Units/mL—a long-acting insulin that is approved for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Here is a list of common questions people with diabetes often ask their doctor when they are discussing which long-acting insulin may be right for them.

What is a long-acting insulin supposed to do?

Long-acting insulin helps your body use glucose between meals and overnight to maintain blood sugar levels for 24 hours. Adding a long-acting insulin to an overall diabetes treatment plan of diet, exercise, and other diabetes medicines can help to manage blood sugar levels.

There are different types of long-acting insulins. Your doctor can let you know what type is best to help you reach your treatment goals.

See what Toujeo® offers

Toujeo® is a long-acting insulin option that can deliver what you and your doctor need it to do.

How long is it supposed to work?

This can depend on the type of long-acting insulin you choose. Typically, doctors prescribe a long-acting insulin so that it’s working around the clock to make sure blood sugar levels don’t rise.

Toujeo® works for 24 hours and beyond Toujeo® is from the makers of Lantus®, but Toujeo® is different. Toujeo® has a smaller injection volume and more gradual insulin delivery than Lantus®

The blood sugar-lowering activity of Toujeo® lasts 24 hours and beyond when taken once a day at the same time each day.

How do I take long-acting insulin?

Like most insulins, long-acting insulin is delivered through an injection. The injection can be delivered using a vial and syringe, while some can be delivered using a prefilled pen with a small, thin needle.

Toujeo® is available in the SoloStar® pen
The Toujeo® SoloStar® is based on an award-winning design.

The Toujeo® SoloStar® pen features:

Plus, the Toujeo® SoloStar® pen can be used up to 42 days once opened.

For patients who are switching from Lantus®, The Toujeo® SoloStar® pen is already calibrated to ensure that 1 unit of Toujeo® has the same amount of insulin as 1 unit of Lantus®. Your doctor will recommend an initial dose of Toujeo® and how it should be adjusted over time.

Can I take it with other diabetes medications, like rapid-acting insulin or oral medications?

One of the advantages of long-acting insulin is that it can work in combination with your other diabetes medications to better control your blood sugar. For instance, long-acting insulin covers you in between meals and overnight, while a rapid-acting insulin handles any blood sugar spikes caused by eating.

Can Toujeo® be taken with diabetes pills?

Yes, Toujeo® can be taken with oral diabetes medications. Talk with your doctor about all medicines and supplements you take, as these can change how insulin works. Only your doctor can determine what diabetes medications you should continue to take while taking Toujeo®.

What is the most common side effect of insulin?

While each type of insulin is different, the most common side effect of any insulin, including Toujeo®, is low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, which may be serious and can be life-threatening. The signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia include weakness, nervousness, confusion, shakiness, dizziness, and sweating. Please click here to see Full Important Safety Information for Toujeo®.

How can I save on my prescription?

With the Sanofi Rx Savings Card, you’ll pay $10* for Toujeo® for 12 months whether it's covered by your insurance or not, subject to maximum savings. Learn how *Savings may vary. See eligibility restrictions on toujeo.com.

Is Toujeo® an option for me?

Take a step by talking with your doctor about your treatment plan, and ask whether adding Toujeo® along with diet and exercise may be an option for you.

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What is Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection) 300 Units/mL?

Prescription Toujeo® is a long-acting insulin used to control blood sugar in adults with diabetes mellitus.

  • Toujeo® contains 3 times as much insulin in 1 mL as standard insulin (100 Units/mL)
  • Toujeo® is not for use to treat diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Toujeo® should not be used in children

Important Safety Information for Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection) 300 Units/mL

Do not take Toujeo® if you have low blood sugar or if you are allergic to insulin or any of the ingredients in Toujeo®.

Do NOT reuse needles or share insulin pens even if the needle has been changed.

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 certain medicines 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 of heart failure, including:

  • Swelling of your ankles or feet

Tell your doctor about all medications you take, including OTC medicines, vitamins, and supplements, including 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 make changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your doctor. Verify that you have the correct insulin before each injection. 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 can be 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 serious side effects that can lead to death, such as severe allergic reactions. Get medical help right away if you have:

  • A rash over your whole body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of your face, tongue, or throat
  • Extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • A rash over your whole body
  • Extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling of your face, tongue, or throat
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Sweating

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.

If you are a patient experiencing problems with a Sanofi US product, please contact Sanofi US at 1-800-633-1610.

The health information contained herein is provided for general educational purposes only. Your healthcare professional is the single best source of information regarding your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health or treatment.

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Important Safety Information for Toujeo® (insulin glargine injection) 300 Units/mL
Do not take Toujeo® if you have low blood sugar or if you are allergic to insulin or any of the ingredients in Toujeo®.
Do NOT reuse needles or share insulin pens even if the needle has been changed.
Before starting Toujeo®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you Click here for Full Safety Information for Toujeo®