Compare Metaglip vs. Levemir

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(Metformin / Glipizide)

(Insulin Detemir)

Coming soon.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 Levemir (Insulin Detemir)
+44% vs. Metaglip (Metformin / Glipizide)
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Side effects

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How it works
Coming soon.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
Coming soon.
Prescription only
Available as
  • Pill
  • Injection
Used for (click to learn more)
  • Diabetes mellitus type 2
Risk factors for serious side effects
Coming soon.
  • Insulin dose too high
  • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
  • Poor injection techniques
  • Unstable kidney functions
  • Unstable liver functions
  • Use of other medicine that lowers potassium
  • Current electrolyte imbalance
    Detailed Levemir (Insulin Detemir) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

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

    See the FDA package insert
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    No specific weight-related info.
    • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
    • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
    Upsides and benefits
    Coming soon.
    • 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
    Coming soon.
    • 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
    Coming soon.
    • 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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