That STINKS!!! I’m curious, because I’m on Lantus - did you find that you gained weight on it? I came off all of my medication (insulin pump and all) for a year due to no insurance. I lost so much weight. Now that I have insurance again and they’ve put me back on all of my meds (except the pump yet), I’m putting the weight back on. I truly believe it’s the Lantus that is doing it. It also burns like crazy when I do the injections.
Adjusting dose on insulin is complicated. Doses of the long-acting insulins are not numerically the same each other and not necessarily numerically the same as basal dose with short-acting in a pump.
If found that I need only 14 units of Tresiba a day as compared to 20 units of Lantus a day.
I wouldn’t blame weight gain on insulin by itself but if at some times of day it is requiring you to eat to not go low, then the absorption timing is far less than optimal. I found Tresiba to not be perfectly flat but I really like how it peaked 8-10 hours after the injection which means that when I take it in the evening that it’s broad peak in early AM completely stomps any dawn phenomenon.
My insurance company stopped paying for Tresiba, so I had my GP call the insurance company and tell them that for various reasons it was medically necessary for me to remain on it. I left a long list with my GP listing all the reasons why Tresiba is the best insulin that I have used. The insurance company approved it for another year.
I’m not gonna tell my doc or the insurance company but I’ve got a substantial stockpile of Tresiba :-). I know not everyone is so lucky. I actually have a stash of expired Lantus from 3 years ago before I switched to Tresiba.
My switch from Lantus to Tresiba was actually because the previous insurance company stopped paying for Lantus. In my particular case I think switching to Tresiba was a real improvement in several respects.
But I suppose whatever backroom dealing that results in the insurance company execs and middlemen and insulin manufacturers getting the biggest kickbacks, is more important than what the drug actually does to help me.
I was trying to use some very recently expired Novolog and it suddenly stopped working for me. I finally had to throw some cartridges away. I was quite disappointed because I had never tried to use expired insulin before and hoped it was still good. It was definitely expired even though the expiration date was 5/20.
Translation: My pharmacist gave me months worth of insulin in preparation for the flu-apocalypse. I own an old fridge that doesn’t keep reliable temperature. Worried it would all freeze. It didn’t though. I’m still using the same supply. That post was 11 months ago and I have not needed to refill once.
i have UHC myself and when i found out they didnt cover novolog and levimir i was like what…well you covered it last time. i had to go back onto humolog and lantus as it didnt work before but works again now. well sometimes it does. im on an insulin pump so i rarely use the lantus. it seems UHC isnt covering a lot of meds it seems. their list is big but the meds that i need isnt covered that i had to switch to different ones. i know this is an old post but i hope you were able to find a solution to the situation