Compare Toujeo vs. Levemir

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Toujeo (insulin glargine)

Prescription only

Levemir (Insulin Detemir)

Prescription only
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.

4.4/ 7 average rating with 130 reviewsforLevemir
Upsides
  • 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
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • 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
The Toujeo (insulin glargine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Levemir (Insulin Detemir) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Changes in blood sugar levels

    Changes in insulin

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Medication errors

    Using more than one insulin at a time

  • Severe allergic reactions

    Allergic reactions to other insulins

  • Fluid accumulation leading to heart failure

    Taking thiazolidinediones in combination with insulin

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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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