Compare Precose vs. Levemir

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

Precose (acarbose)

Prescription only

Levemir (Insulin Detemir)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Precose (acarbose) helps lower your post-mealtime blood sugar levels, but it must be taken at the beginning of each main meal in order for it to be most effective.

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
Upsides
  • Precose (acarbose) helps control meal-time blood sugar levels without causing weight gain.
  • When used alone it doesn't normally cause blood sugar levels to be too low unlike other anti-diabetes medicines.
  • Safe to be used in people age 65 or older.
  • Has relatively few interactions with other 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
  • Not a first choice medicine because it isn't as effective at lowering blood sugar compared to other treatment options.
  • Associated with bothersome side effects like excessive gas and diarrhea.
  • Relatively more expensive than other diabetes medicines.
  • Has to be taken three times a day with each meal.
  • Might cause episodes of low blood sugar when taken together with insulin or medicines that stimulate insulin release.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Reviews
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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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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Excessive gas
    74%
  • Diarrhea
    31%
  • Stomach pain
    19%
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The Levemir (Insulin Detemir) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Low blood sugar

    Using insulin or other medicines that stimulate insulin release

  • Kidney function

    Those with kidney problems

  • Interactions with other medicines

    Taking multiple medicines together

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  • 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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