Can you get a Basaglar Prescription Online?
Basaglar is the brand name of the drug insulin glargine. Basaglar is a long-acting insulin used to control high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, in adults and children with type 1 diabetes and adults with type 2 diabetes.
Click here to find out if Basaglar is right for your health needs by setting up an online appointment with one of our trusted PlushCare doctors. Or read on to find out more about Basaglar and how you can get a prescription online.
What is Basaglar?
Basaglar is a beginner insulin best for those new to insulin treatment. It will help give your body the proper insulin it needs to regulate your blood sugar levels. It can be used to help those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
How does Basaglar work?
Basaglar works by mimicking the function of naturally produced insulin in the body. Insulin is a peptide hormone produced by beta cells in the pancreas to promote glucose metabolism. In a healthy body, insulin is released by the pancreas following a meal to increase the adsorption of glucose from your food so it can used by your organs and tissues. In diabetics, insulin is not successfully completing this task, leading to high blood sugar levels which can pose a risk to your health.
Basaglar works by providing background levels of insulin in low concentration to keep blood sugar levels stable in between meals and overnight. Its goal is to supplement your body with the insulin you need.
Basaglar dosage and treatment
Basaglar should be taken at the same time each day and works over 24 hours to reduce your blood sugar levels.
For type 2 diabetes the recommended starting dose for Basaglar is 0.2 units/kg once daily or up to 10 units once daily.
For type 1 diabetes the recommended starting dose for Basaglar is ~1/3 of the total daily insulin requirements and should be used simultaneously with short acting insulin.
As with every prescription drug, take Basaglar exactly as directed by your doctor.
Benefits of Basaglar
Basaglar can help you live a healthier life by allowing you to regain control over your blood sugar levels.
Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney problems, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function. Slowing the progression of your diabetes includes proper dieting and an active lifestyle. Together, these can also lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Side Effects of Basaglar
Report side effects to your doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible. Some may require immediate medical attention.
- Allergic reactions (skin rash, hives, itching, swelling of the face, lips or tongue)
- Breathing difficulty
- Signs of high blood sugar such as dizziness, dry mouth, dry skin, fruity breath, nausea, stomach pain, increased hunger or thirst, increased urination
- Signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) such as:
- Feeling anxious
- Increased hunger
- Feeling unusually weak or tired
- Blurred vision
- Fast heartbeat
- Loss of consciousness
Side effects that do not require medical attention include swelling, itching, rash or an increase or decrease in fatty tissue under the injection site.
Considerations and precautions of Basaglar
Set up an appointment online through PlushCare with one of our trusted doctors to find out if Basaglar is right for you. Always tell your doctor your complete medical history and any other medications you may be currently taking.
Drug interactions are important to understand as they may change the way Basaglar functions and could possibly jeopardize your safety.
Basaglar may interact with other medicines for diabetes as well as,
- alcohol containing beverages
- antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS
- aspirin and aspirin-like drugs
- certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
- female hormones, such as estrogens or progestins, birth control pills
- male hormones or anabolic steroids
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
- medicines for weight loss
- medicines for allergies, asthma, cold, or cough
- medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- NSAIDs, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
- quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, ofloxacin
- some herbal dietary supplements
- steroid medicines such as prednisone or cortisone
- sulfamethoxazole; trimethoprim
- thyroid hormones
Who should not take Basaglar?
Do not take Basaglar if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. It is not yet known if Basaglar is safe for children with type 2 diabetes. Before starting Basaglar, tell your doctor if you,
- Have current or past kidney problems
- Are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
Can you buy Basaglar online?
Not exactly, but with PlushCare you can make an online appointment with one of our trusted healthcare professionals. An online doctor will help determine if Basaglar (or a different prescription drug) is right for your needs. Either over the phone or on video chat, our doctors will listen to your symptoms and medical history and provide you with the right treatment. If the doctor finds that Basaglar is right for you, they will electronically send your prescription the pharmacy of your choice.
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