Compare Janumet vs. Levemir
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Janumet is a combination of two anti-diabetic medicines that work better together, but is available as brand only.
Levemir (insulin detemir) is an effective, long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control, but there are similar medications that can be used instead.
- This 2-in-1 combination can lower the number of pills you have to take daily.
- Lowers A1c (average blood sugar over time) up to 2.5%.
- Available in extended and immediate release forms to allow better control of your blood sugar.
- Doesn't increase your appetite unlike other anti-diabetic medicines.
- Does not cause hypoglycemia or very low blood sugar.
- Insulin is the most effective blood sugar lowering medication, as it lowers A1c (average blood sugar over time) up to 2 or 3%. When used correctly, it'll prevent the harmful effects of high blood sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
- Levemir (insulin detemir) is a long lasting insulin that provides consistent, all-day blood sugar control with less risk of low blood sugar.
- Doses can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body's needs.
- Starting insulin early in the treatment of type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin producing cells and slow down disease progression.
- Levemir (insulin detemir) can be used in people with liver or kidney problems.
- Available as brand name only and may be expensive.
- Metformin component usually causes upset stomach.
- Sitagliptin component may increase your risk for throat infections and inflammation of pancreas.
- Not appropriate for those with poor kidney function.
- You have to take Levemir (insulin detemir) by injection.
- You have to check your blood sugar regularly.
- There is a risk of low blood sugar episodes with use of Levemir (insulin detemir).
- Levemir (insulin detemir) can cause tiredness, moderate weight gain, and swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
- Extended release
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- Stomach pain6%
- Excess lactic acid in the blood
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Congestive heart failure
- Using contrast dye for procedures
- Alcohol use
- Low vitamin B12 levels
- Inflammation of the pancreas
- Serious allergic reactions
- Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
- Insulin dose too high
- Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
- Poor injection techniques
- Complications due to low potassium
- Use of other medicine that lower potassium
- Current electrolyte imbalance
- Severe allergic reactions
- Allergy to insulin