Q. Are Insulin glargine and Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch the same?
Both insulin glargine and Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch are man-made versions of human insulin, but they are different in some aspects. On one hand, insulin glargine is a long-acting insulin that helps to maintain adequate blood sugar control for an entire day, although it cannot be combined with any other type of insulin. Whereas, on the other hand, Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch is an ultra long-acting insulin that helps control blood sugar levels for more than a day and can be safely combined with other types of insulin (e.g., fast-acting insulin).
Q. Can Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch raise your blood sugar?
No, Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch by itself does not raise your blood sugar. However, if you stop taking Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch, miss a dose or take a dose lower than what is prescribed, your blood sugar levels may rise. Furthermore, if the person has any other condition along with diabetes, especially infections, stress, irregular meals or reduced activity levels, it may also lead to high blood sugar levels. As a result, their requirement for Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch may increase further. Consult your doctor to know about any dose changes if you have been facing any of these issues or if your blood sugar levels are not controlled.
Q. Do I have to take Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch at the same time every day?
Yes, take Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch preferably at the same time every day and exactly as advised by your doctor. On occasions when it is not possible to take it at the same time of the day, it can be taken at a different time of the day. Make sure to have a minimum gap of 8 hours between doses. However, children and young adults must take their dose at the same time every day.
Q. Can Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch be used in combination with other diabetes medicines?
Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch can be safely used in combination with other diabetes medicines or fast-acting insulins, if prescribed by the doctor. Take it in the dose and duration advised by your doctor to get maximum benefit. However, taking thiazolidinediones (TZDs), like pioglitazone, with Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch may cause heart failure in some people. This can happen even if you have never had heart failure or heart problems. In case you already have heart failure, it may get worse on taking TZDs with Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch. Let your doctor know about all the other medicines, particularly any other diabetes medicines you are taking because they may affect, or be affected by, this medicine. Inform your doctor if you have or ever had any heart problems.
Q. What should I avoid while taking Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch?
Your doctor will advise certain lifestyle changes and you must adhere to them. Stay active and exercise regularly. Avoid missing meals and monitor your blood sugar levels. You may consult a dietician and follow a diet chart that suits you best. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch affects you. Do not drink alcohol as it may cause some undesirable side effects like dizziness. Tell your doctor about all the other medicines that you are taking as they may affect your dosage.
Q. Can Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch be used alone?
Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch can help with daily management of diabetes. However, you may still need to use short-acting insulin to treat spikes in your blood sugar levels and diabetic ketoacidosis (a dangerous buildup of acids in your blood).
Q. Is Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch basal insulin?
Yes, Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch is basal insulin. There are three types of basal insulin currently available: Glargine, Detemir and Degludec. The pharmacies sell these under different brand names. Basal insulin is a slow-acting type of insulin. People take it between mealtimes and before bedtime to control blood sugar outside of eating.
Q. How does basal insulin work?
Long-acting insulins are also called basal or background insulins. They keep working in the background to keep your blood sugar under control throughout your daily routine. They’re absorbed into your body over a 24-hour period. Therefore, they keep blood sugar levels lowered for longer than short-acting insulins do.
Q. How is Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch administered?
Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch is injected just below the skin (subcutaneously). Your doctor will train you on the correct method and the areas (abdomen or stomach, thighs, arms, hips or buttocks) where you should inject it. It is advised that the site of injection should be changed within the chosen area of skin, for every dose. For example, if you have been advised to inject it into the skin of your stomach, avoid puncturing the same point on your stomach every day. Rather, inject the needle at a site that is slightly away, say around 1cm, from the previous injection. You can also consider switching sides while injecting, like choosing the right side on one day and the left side on the next day. This way, you can reduce the complications associated with repeated injections in the same site such as thickening of the fat tissue below the skin known as lipodystrophy, irritation, pain etc. After one to two weeks, you should move to another area of your body (eg. from the stomach to the arms or thighs) as advised by your doctor. Consult your doctor if you face any problems while injecting Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch.
Q. Can Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch be used alone?
Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch can help with daily management of diabetes. Tresiba 100IU/ml Flextouch is a long acting type of insulin that helps to normalize blood sugar levels for an entire day. However, you may still be prescribed a short-acting insulin or oral diabetes medicines to treat the spike (rise) in your blood sugar levels after taking a meal. Follow your doctor’s advice for keeping an adequate control on your blood sugar levels.