Compare Levemir vs. Apidra

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

Levemir
(insulin detemir)

Apidra
(insulin glulisine)

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.Coming soon.
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Best available price for 1 (5 flextouch pens of 3ml) carton of insulin detemir
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Best available price for 1 (5 solostar pens of 3ml) carton of insulin glulisine
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4.39Levemir
Reviews for Levemir (insulin detemir)
45%
of people (All ages) say Levemir (insulin detemir) is worth it
35%
say it works well
22%
say it's a big hassle
130 reviews
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Reviews for Apidra (insulin glulisine)
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+55% better vs. Levemir (insulin detemir)
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+65% better vs. Levemir (insulin detemir)
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+22% better vs. Levemir (insulin detemir)
Have you used Apidra (insulin glulisine)?
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Side effects
LevemirApidra
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 26%
  • Headache 23%
  • Sore throat 10%
  • Influenza-like illness 8%
  • Abdominal pain 6%
  • "stomach flu" 17%
  • Fever 10%
  • Cough 8%
  • Viral infection 7%
  • Nausea 7%
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How it works
LevemirApidra
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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
LevemirApidra
Prescription only
Available as
LevemirApidra
  • Injection
  • Injection
Used for
LevemirApidra
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
LevemirApidra
  • 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 »
    Coming soon.
    Pregnancy

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

    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.

    Kidneys and liver
    LevemirApidra
    • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Weight
    LevemirApidra
    • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
    • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    LevemirApidra
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    Downsides and risks
    LevemirApidra
    • 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.
    Coming soon
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    LevemirApidra
    • 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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