Basaglar KwikPen
Insulin Glargine
Insulin Glargine

Basaglar (insulin glargine) is a long-acting insulin that starts to work several hours after injection and keeps working evenly for 24 hours. Insulin is a hormone that works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood.  Insulin Glargine is used in both children and adults that have diabetes Mellitus. Basaglar is for use in adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and in children at least 6 years old with type 1 diabetes. Some brands of insulin glargine are for use only in adults. Carefully follow all instructions for the brand of insulin glargine you are using. This comes as a liquid solution that’s given as an injection under your skin (a subcutaneous injection). The drug comes in the Basaglar KwikPen, which holds 3 milliliters (mL of solution.  Speak to your doctor regarding any questions that you might have regarding diabetes Mellitus.

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Cartridge – each mL of sterile solution contains 100 units of insulin glargine. Nonmedicinal ingredients: glycerine, m-cresol, zinc oxide and water for injection. Hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide may have been added to adjust for pH. 

KwikPen – each mL of sterile solution contains 100 units of insulin glargine. Nonmedicinal ingredients: glycerine, m-cresol, zinc oxide and water for injection. Hydrochloric acid and sodium hydroxide may have been added to adjust for pH.


You should not use Basaglar Pens or Basaglar Cartridges if you are allergic to insulin, or if you are having an episode of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Basaglar is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 years old, and should not be used to treat type 2 diabetes in a child of any age. To make sure Basaglar is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: liver or kidney disease; low levels of potassium in your blood (hypokalemia); or diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment). Tell your doctor if you also take pioglitazone or rosiglitazone (sometimes contained in combinations with glimepiride or metformin). Taking certain oral diabetes medicines while you are using Basaglar may increase your risk of serious heart problems. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Follow your doctor’s instructions about using Basaglar if you are pregnant or you become pregnant. Controlling diabetes is very important during pregnancy, and having high blood sugar may cause complications in both the mother and the baby.


Before injecting each dose, make sure the injection site is clean and dry. Inject this medication under the skin of the abdomen, upper arms, or thighs, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not rub the injection site. Do not inject into a vein or muscle. Change where you inject each time to lessen the risk of problems or damage under the skin (for example, pits/lumps or thickened skin). Do not inject into skin that is red, swollen, itchy, or damaged. Use this medication regularly as directed by your doctor in order to get the most benefit from it. You may inject insulin glargine once daily at any time during the day (such as before breakfast or at bedtime) but you should inject at the same time each day. Carefully follow the insulin treatment plan, meal plan, and exercise program your doctor has recommended. Do not mix this product with other insulins or solutions, or use it in an insulin pump. Do not change brands or types of insulin without directions on how to do so from your doctor. Monitor your blood sugar on a regular basis. Keep track of the results, and share them with your doctor. This is very important in order to determine the correct insulin dose. If you are measuring doses from vials, do not reuse needles and syringes. If you are using the cartridges or pens, use a new needle each time. Do not share your pen device with another person, even if the needle is changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely. Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens (your blood sugar is too high or too low).


Basaglar can cause mild or serious side effects. The following lists contain some of the key side effects that may occur while taking Basaglar. The more common side effects of Basaglar can include: edema (swelling) in your legs, ankles, or feet, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level), injection site reactions (pain, redness, itchiness, or swelling around the area of your injection), itchy skin, changes in the thickness of your skin near your injection site, skin rash, infections, such as the common cold, weight gain. Most of these side effects may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk with your doctor or pharmacist. 

Serious side effects from Basaglar aren’t common, but they can occur. Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life-threatening or if you think you’re having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following: Severe hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar level). Symptoms can include: headache, confusion, anxiety, drowsiness, hunger, irritable mood (being easily upset), sweating, fast heartbeat, seizures, coma. Hypokalemia (low potassium level). Symptoms can include: fatigue (lack of energy), feeling weak, muscle cramps, abnormal heart rhythm (a heartbeat that’s too fast, too slow, or uneven), respiratory failure (a condition in which your lungs can’t deliver oxygen to your blood), paralysis (being unable to move certain parts of your body).


Who should not take this medication?

Do not use insulin glargine if you: are allergic to insulin or to any of the ingredients of the medication, have diabetic coma and have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

Will I need to use this drug long term?

Basaglar is meant to be used as a long-term treatment. If you and your doctor determine that Basaglar is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely take it long term. 

There are many different types of insulin and they are absorbed at different rates and work for varying periods of time. Insulin glargine is an extended, long-acting insulin. It takes about 90 minutes to begin working after injection, and it stops after about 24 hours. After injection, insulin glargine is released slowly and constantly into the bloodstream. Insulin glargine is used with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with diabetes. Follow all package directions for proper use/injection/storage of the particular type of device/insulin you are using. Your health care professional will teach you how to properly inject this medication. If any of the information is unclear, consult your doctor or pharmacist.  Buy Canadian Insulin at  Honeybee Pharmacy carry wide variations of medications for both PetMeds and human medications including Basaglar Kwikpen and Basaglar Cartridge at best price guaranteed.  HBP offers approved and affordable medications to all Americans