Compare Levemir vs. Actos

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Levemir (Insulin Detemir)

Prescription only

Actos (pioglitazone)

Prescription only
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
Lowers blood sugar.

Actos (pioglitazone) can improve blood sugar control but is not a top choice since it has a lot of side effects.

4.1/ 7 average rating with 175 reviewsforActos
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Improves sugar control and lowers A1c levels by around 1%.
  • Easily taken by mouth as a once a day pill.
  • Prevents the harmful effects of high sugar levels on your organs.
  • Rarely causes low blood sugar.
  • Lower the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • May take several weeks to lower blood sugar.
  • Can cause weight gain.
  • People with heart failure or history of bladder cancer shouldn't use this medicine.
  • Some people might get fluid accumulation (edema), from minor ankle swelling to fluid in lungs that makes it hard to breathe.
  • Raises the risk of bone fractures, especially for people who already have a risk for fractures.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
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Reviews
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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175 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
30%
think this treatment works well
21%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Levemir (Insulin Detemir) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible side effects
  • Low blood sugar
    27%
  • Swelling
    27%
  • Colds and flu
    13%
  • Headache
    9%
  • Heart failure
    8%
  • Sinus infection
    6%
  • Back pain
    6%
  • Pain in arms and legs
    6%
  • Muscle pain
    5%
  • Sore throat
    5%
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Risks and warnings
  • 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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  • Heart failure

    Heart failure

  • Liver damage

    Current liver problems

  • Bladder cancer

    History of bladder cancer

  • Bone fracture

    Women

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