Compare glyburide vs. Levemir

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Diabeta
(glyburide)

Levemir
(insulin detemir)

Lowers blood sugar. Diabeta (glyburide) is a good oral anti-diabetic medicine, but can cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.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.
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Reviews for glyburide
45%
of people (All ages) say glyburide is worth it
34%
say it works well
21%
say it's a big hassle
110 reviews
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Reviews for Levemir
45%
Same vs. glyburide
35%
-1% worse vs. glyburide
22%
+1% better vs. glyburide
130 reviews
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Side effects
glyburideLevemir
  • Nausea and heartburn 2%
  • Skin allergies 2%
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  • Upper respiratory tract infection 26%
  • Headache 23%
  • Pharyngitis 10%
  • Influenza-like illness 8%
  • Abdominal Pain 6%
  • Gastroenteritis 17%
  • Abdominal pain 13%
  • Pyrexia 10%
  • Cough 8%
  • Viral infection 7%
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How it works
glyburideLevemir
Diabeta (glyburide) stimulates your body to release insulin and lower blood sugar.Levemir is a long-acting insulin medicine for diabetes. It acts like the insulin that your body normally makes to process sugars and fats, and it keeps your blood sugar stable throughout the day.
Type of medication
glyburideLevemir
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
glyburideLevemir
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for
glyburideLevemir
Risk factors for serious side effects
glyburideLevemir
  • Over age 65
  • Kidney problems
  • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
  • Alcohol
  • Intense physical activity
Detailed Diabeta (glyburide) risks & warnings »
  • Insulin dose too high
  • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
  • Poor injection techniques
  • Unstable kidney functions
  • Unstable liver functions
Detailed Levemir (insulin detemir) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

Alcohol
glyburideLevemir
  • Try to avoid drinking alcohol while on Diabeta (glyburide).
No alcohol related info.
Food
glyburideLevemir
  • Eat well-balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
glyburideLevemir
  • Not ideal for elderly or those with poor kidney function.
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
Weight
glyburideLevemir
  • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
  • Can cause weight gain (about 2 to 3 pounds).
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
Upsides and benefits
glyburideLevemir
  • Available as an oral tablet.
  • Lowers your A1c (average blood sugar over time) up to 2%.
  • Available in generic version.
  • Available in single pill combination with other anti-diabetic medicines.
  • 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 and risks
glyburideLevemir
  • More likely to cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar than other types of oral anti-diabetics.
  • You will have to check your blood sugar often when you first start taking it.
  • Can cause weight gain (about 2 to 3 pounds).
  • Not ideal for elderly or those with poor kidney function.
  • May not work as well for those with severe diabetes and when pancreas cannot produce insulin.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
glyburideLevemir
  • Check your blood sugar regularly.
  • Eat well-balanced meals to avoid low blood sugar.
  • Works best if you take it 30 minutes before first main meal of the day.
  • Can cause weight gain, dizziness, or stomach upset.
  • Try to avoid drinking alcohol while on Diabeta (glyburide).
  • Long-acting insulin good for baseline blood sugar control.
  • Works in 1 hour and lasts about 24 hours.
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
  • Make sure you and your family know the symptoms of low blood sugar: sweating, shakiness, weakness, fast heartbeat, nervousness, headache, blurry vision, trouble thinking clearly, or passing out.
  • Always have a good source of sugar nearby for low blood sugar episodes.
  • Take it at the same time every day.
  • Make sure you understand how to give yourself the injections.
  • Don't shake the vial or mix with another insulin. Store unopened vials in the refrigerator. Opened vials are good at room temperature for 28 days.
  • Check your blood sugar levels every day.
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