What is Lantus?
Lantus is a long-acting insulin that is used in the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It is available in injection form and is to be taken once a day. While treating type 1 diabetes, lantus will be used in combination with other insulin (short-acting). While treating type 2 diabetes, lantus could be used with another insulin or other oral antidiabetic medications.
Is Lantus Insulin?
Lantus is a synthetic form of human insulin. It has actions like insulin, i.e., metabolizing blood sugar. Also, it inhibits the liver from producing more sugar.
Does Lantus cause weight loss?
Lantus does not cause weight loss. It causes weight gain, and it is one of the listed side effects of the medication. When your blood sugar is high, a lot of glucose is passed out in the urine. Thus, some of the consumed food calories are not absorbed and removed from the body. Moreover, there is an increase in urine output, leading to dehydration. However, once you are on treatment and your blood glucose levels are in control, the excess glucose is stored in the body, which causes weight gain. Moreover, you stay hydrated, which also causes an increase in your weight.
What are the side effects of Lantus?
Side effects of Lantus: The following are some of the side effects:
- Weight gain
- Itchy skin
- Upper respiratory infections
- Reaction at the site of injection