Compare Toujeo vs. Levemir

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Toujeo
(insulin glargine)

Levemir
(insulin detemir)

Lowers blood sugar. Toujeo (insulin glargine) is a concentrated long-actin insulin that allows you to inject higher doses at lower volume compared to other long-acting insulins like Lantus and Levemir.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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Side effects
ToujeoLevemir
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) 69%
  • Common cold 13%
  • Lung infection 10%
  • Viral infection of the nose and throat 7%
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) that requires medical attention 5%
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  • 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
ToujeoLevemir
Toujeo (insulin glargine) is a long-acting insulin that lowers blood sugar in your body.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
ToujeoLevemir
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
ToujeoLevemir
  • Injection
  • Injection
Used for
ToujeoLevemir
Risk factors for serious side effects
ToujeoLevemir
  • Changes in insulin
  • Alcohol
  • Other anti-diabetic medications
  • Using more than one insulin at a time
  • Allergic reactions to other insulins
Detailed Toujeo (insulin glargine) risks & warnings »
  • 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 »
Pregnancy

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

Food
ToujeoLevemir
  • Keep a consistent meal and exercise schedule to prevent any fluctuations in your blood sugar.
No food related info.
Kidneys and liver
ToujeoLevemir
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
Weight
ToujeoLevemir
  • Can cause weight gain like other insulins
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
Upsides and benefits
ToujeoLevemir
  • Most effective medicine for controlling your blood sugar.
  • Can be injected once daily.
  • Contains 3 times as much insulin as other long-acting insulins, which means that you can inject lower fluid volume.
  • Can be used in patients 65 and older.
  • 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
ToujeoLevemir
  • Has to be injected.
  • Can cause weight gain like other insulins
  • Can cause low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you do not take it consistently or have an inconsistent meal and exercise schedule.
  • 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
ToujeoLevemir
  • Can be kept at room temperature for 28 days.
  • Inject at the same time each day, but rotate injection sites to prevent skin irritation or deformity.
  • Do not mix with any other types of insulin.
  • Keep a consistent meal and exercise schedule to prevent any fluctuations in your blood sugar.
  • Do not reuse or share pen needles.
  • 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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