Prescription onlyClass: Endocrine

Levemir 

(insulin detemir)

Prescription onlyClass: Endocrine
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Lowers blood sugar.

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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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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

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.

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Side effect rates for Levemir (insulin detemir)

Risks and Warnings for Levemir (insulin detemir)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Insulin dose too high
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Poor injection techniques
    • Unstable kidney functions
    • Unstable liver functions

    Very low blood sugar is life-threatening. Understand how your body signals low blood sugar, which may include fast heartbeat, sweating, pale skin, feeling shaky, confusion or irritability. Make sure you have access to easy sugar sources to treat low blood sugar.

Common concerns from people taking Levemir (insulin detemir)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Okay to use even if you have liver or kidney problems, unlike most other blood sugar-lowering medicines.
Weight
  • Can cause weight gain and low blood sugar.
  • Likely to cause moderate weight gain (around 4 to 6 pounds).
  • Supposed to make you gain less weight than NPH. Had to do 22 units more per day(72 units total), gained 8 lbs, average readings 170 to 190 in am. Absolutely ineffective and worthless. 3X more expensive than NPH.