All Toujeo Insulin Details – What Is Toujeo? How Much Does Toujeo Cost? Toujeo Risks or Side Effects?
If you’re the one who need large doses of basal insulin, Toujeo insulin may best suit for you.
What Is Toujeo?
TOUJEO has benefits to improve glycemic control in adults with diabetes mellitus. It is newly approved medicine by FDA.
Similar to Sanofi’s other basal insulin (Lantus) , Toujeo helps you manage your body’s ongoing insulin needs over the course of an entire 24-hour period and is not meant to help manage mealtime spikes or for correcting high blood sugars.
Toujeo is a U300 formulation of insulin glargine. This means that there are 300 units of insulin per milliliter. In contrast, Lantus only has 100 units per milliliter. So you would inject approximately one third of the volume of Toujeo than you inject with Lantus. One insulin pen will last three times as long.
Because one unit of Toujeo lowers blood sugar a little less than one unit of Lantus, the comparison is not perfect. If you switch to Toujeo, you will need to take more total units than you currently take of Lantus. Talk to your doctor about the proper dosing for Toujeo.
How Much Does Toujeo Cost?
Prices for 1 carton (3 prefilled 1.5ml pens) of Toujeo 300 units/ml is about 350 USD. (June 2015)
Toujeo Risks or Side Effects?
The risks of Toujeo were evaluated in a study of 3,500 adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. According to Sanofi, the results in blood sugar control were similar to using Lantus. The most common adverse events (excluding hypoglycemia) reported for Toujeo included nasopharyngitis (12.8% in type 1 patients and 7.1% in type 2 patients) and upper respiratory tract infection (9.5% in type 1 patients and 5.7% in type 2 patients).
The study found no statistical difference in risk of low blood sugars using Lantus versus Toujeo. Prior to approval, Sanofi had signaled that they believed Toujeo would lead to fewer low blood sugars than Lantus.
Here is the full safety and prescribing information for Toujeo. According to Sanofi, some of the key safety points include:
– Do not take Toujeo during episodes of low blood sugar or if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Toujeo. Toujeo is not approved for use in people under the age of 18.
– Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others. Do NOT reuse needles.
You must test your blood sugar levels daily while using any insulin, including Toujeo. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider.
– Toujeo contains 300 units per milliliter (300 U/mL). You should always 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. Toujeo must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible.
– Tell your doctor about other medicines, especially ones commonly called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), and supplements you are taking because they can change the way insulin works. Before starting Toujeo, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including if you have liver or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while taking TZDs with Toujeo.
*** The most common side effect of any insulin, including Toujeo, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious and can be life-threatening. Symptoms of serious low blood sugar may include shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include swelling, weight gain and allergic reactions. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life-threatening. Injection site reactions are also possible, and may include changes in fat tissue at the injection site, skin thickening, redness, swelling and itching.
Toujeo SoloSTAR is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about the proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.