Compare Glucotrol vs. Levemir

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Glucotrol (glipizide)

Prescription only

Levemir (Insulin Detemir)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Glucotrol (glipizide) is an effective medicine for lowering blood sugar, but it can cause your blood sugar level to be too low so you must always carry some form of sugar with you that can be readily used.

4.3/ 7 average rating with 332 reviewsforGlucotrol
Lowers blood sugar.

Levemir is a long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you know what the symptoms are and always have a source of sugar nearby.

4.4/ 7 average rating with 130 reviewsforLevemir
Upsides
  • Lowers A1c levels by 1-2%.
  • Glucotrol (glipizide) is an oral medicine so it might be a good alternative for those who don't like injections.
  • Protects your organs and blood vessels by preventing the harmful effects of high blood sugar levels.
  • Okay to use by people with kidney problems.
  • Available as a generic form and is relatively cheap.
  • Insulin is the most effective blood sugar-lowering medicine. When used correctly, it'll lower blood sugar every time you use it and prevent the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
  • Levemir is a long-lasting insulin that provides consistent, all-day sugar control with less risk of low blood sugar.
  • Dose can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body.
  • Starting insulin early in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin-producing cells and slow down disease progression.
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
Downsides
  • Has a higher risk than other diabetes medicine for causing blood sugar levels to be too low.
  • While taking Glucotrol (glipizide), your blood sugars should be checked 2 to 5 times a week, but less often once you are on a stable dose.
  • Can cause mild weight gain of 2-3lb.
  • Might lose its effectiveness over time.
  • Needs to be taken 30 minutes before a meal for it to be most effective.
  • You have to take insulin by injection.
  • You have to check your blood sugar every day.
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
  • Higher risk of low blood sugar episodes than other kinds of diabetes medicines.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Injection
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Reviews
332 
50%
think this treatment is worth it
32%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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130 
45%
think this treatment is worth it
35%
think this treatment works well
22%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Nervousness
    4%
  • Tremor
    4%
  • Low blood sugar
    3%
  • Constipation
    3%
  • Passing gas
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Headache
    2%
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The Levemir (Insulin Detemir) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Low blood sugar

    Skipping meals or having inconsistent meal times

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Severe allergic reaction

    History of allergy to sulfa-containing medicine

  • Kidney and liver disease

    Those with kidney and/or liver disease

  • Breakdown of red blood cells

    People with G6PD deficiency

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  • Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)

    Insulin dose too high

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Complications due to low potassium

    Use of other medicine that lowers potassium

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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