I have heard many people who do this and have much better control. So I hope that this will help you as well!
You can even give more Lantus at one injection. If you need more basal during the day, then give 60-70% of the Lantus in the morning and 30-40% in the evening, for example. You can ask your doctor about this. It sometimes help people get better control.
When I took Lantus I always took it 2 times a day as it is way more effective than once a day. If you exercise or change your eating habits they are going to affect the working time of the Lantus. I think I took 14 units every 12 hours and it seemed to work pretty well. Good luck but it is ok and hey I give my cat 5 units of Lantus twice a day and that seems to work pretty well!!
I started off with Levemir....and used it for like 7 months. Though as Levemir has a peak I was adviced it lasts a shorter period than Lantus. Hence I changed...everything was working well....up till recently. With my CGM I realized that my BGL was above 200 as of 10pmish till 2-3amish...and it is a certain pattern that just repeats itself, so since last Saturday I am taking it in 2 dosages. I have to admit that my total basal is still very low (11 units) and have ofcourse no clue if this will change over time as only time will tell, but I have only had T1D for just over a year now.
When I changed to Lantus about 2.5 years ago, I went directly to 2 shots a day. Not long ago, I was taking 13 units when I woke up and 13 units--12 hours later. Now I take 12 units when I wake up and 7 units--12 hours later. I take less since there is more sunlight(light), heat and more running around.
I used to take a total 18 units of Lantus at night only - but ended up having hypos in the a.m. So, checked with my doctor prior to giving a go with just 8 units at night and then 10 units in the morning. No more hypos and my BG's were more stable.
Hey Dave - I gave my cat Beauduoin (aka the Fat Cat) Lantus as well - it was cheaper to use then the insulin they sold at the vets (he used to argue with me when I was preparing for my own shot(twice a day like myself) - thinking it was time for HIS injection ).
I think when taking smaller doses of Lantus, it's sometimes helpful to break it up into two doses... the smaller the dose, the less of it there is to neutralize, therefor the body picks it up faster. I find that injecting smaller doses (I do 9u in the evening, 7u in the morning) it doesn't last anywhere close to 24 hours. If i am more than a an hour or two late with the split dosage, I definitely notice it. I never got a full 24 hours out of a single dose once I was done honeymooning either.
I never found that Lantus lasted the reported 24 hours for me, even when honeymooning. I was taking small doses & took two doses. One immediately before bed & the other first thing in the morning. On Levemir now & I take this in two doses also.
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