Discussion in 'Lantus / Basaglar (glargine) and Levemir (detemir)' started by Jennifer Girard, Aug 25, 2018.
I was wondering if I could just change the insulin from lantus to levemir.
also Is there any differences between cat and human insulin?
Glargine Lantus/ or Basaglar or Levemir are both good for cats.
They work slightly differently thou. Very slightly differently.
So if yo uwish to switch it is up to you, but why?
Why do you want to switch away from Lantus? have your kitty being on it for for awhile w/ no results?
Insulin replacement therapy takes time - regardless of the insulin type - why do you thing Lantus is no longer good?
There is no cat insulin as such if I am not mistaken...not in the USA at least.
In the US one Rxes Vetsulin or ProZinc to pets but it is not as good as human. synthetic insulin like Glargine Lantus or Glargine Bazaglar, or Levemir - they all are human , synthetic insulin and are very good for cats. (in the USA, that is).
Lantus is very good choice for cats and a lot of people here use it for years. If yo ucan tell us what is - as you think - is wrong with it, then perhaps we can help?
We switched from Lantus to Levemir. Each cat is different. Lev works better for Zeke then Lantus ever did.
How long has your kitty been on Lantus?
I'm considering changing only because my grandfather is using levemir and I was wondering if human insulin is the same as the one from the veterinarian.
He's been on Lantus since May I believe
Other then vetuslin, they are all human insulins as far as I know of.
If your cat is doing good, it would be best to leave him on his current insulin. You don't have any data on your SS so will be hard for anyone to be able to tell you how Lantus is doing for your kitty.
Yes there are pet insulins, including in North America. Prozinc is one example, as was PZI. Vetsulin is another, though it's really a dog insulin (originally called Caninsulin in the US), being used for a cat. I got my Levemir from the human pharmacy, some vets charge a mark up so best to buy where humans do.
I also switched from Lantus to Levemir. We recommend starting at a Levemir dose that is 70% of the size of the Lantus dose, as some cats have a strong reaction to the change. The other thing to consider is that the Levemir onset and nadirs are later than for Lantus, typically around +4 for the onset and +8 for the nadir, though lots of cats are not typical.
I will update the SS in the next days ! I’m pretty sure I would need to increase the number of units. My vet is not very helpful !
So I can get the insulin in a pharmacy without issues ? They have Lantus too
Yes, in Canada it's an over the counter medicine. Depending where you live, some people have had issues, so just went to another pharmacy. I found It cheapest at Safeway pharmacy of all places.
If you keep your spreadsheet up to date, we can help you with dosing.
I’m from the province of Quebec so I don’t have Safeway near ! And thanks I will do it.
Costco Pharmacy, if you have one, is also a good price.
I don’t haha (small town) but I’ll ask my sister ! Do you know what a « good price » is ?
I got a five pack of Levemir cartridges fro around $125, but that's in BC.
Hi Wendy, do you use Marks Marine? I just talked to them today and they quoted me $169.99 for 5 cartridges? If not, which pharmacy do you get your insulin from? Thanks!
No, I didn't use Mark's Marine. I live in Canada, about 25 minute drive from Marks as it turns out. Their prices are high compared to what I got over the counter. Safeway pharmacy had the best prices. If you are in the US, that's a good price for 5 cartridges.