Compare Lantus vs. Levemir

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Lantus (insulin glargine)

Prescription only

Levemir (insulin detemir)

Prescription only
Lowers blood sugar.

Lantus (insulin glargine) is an effective, long-acting insulin that provides all-day blood sugar control, but it can cause low blood sugar levels, so be sure to have a source of sugar nearby.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 584 reviewsforLantus
Lowers blood sugar.

Levemir (insulin detemir) is an effective, long-acting insulin that provides all-day sugar control, but there are similar medications that can be used instead.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 130 reviewsforLevemir
Upsides
  • Insulin is one of the most effective blood sugar-lowering medication and can lower your A1c (average blood sugar over time) by up to 2-3%.
  • Lantus (insulin glargine) is a long-lasting insulin that provides consistent, all-day sugar control with just once or twice daily dosing.
  • Dose can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body's needs.
  • Lantus (insulin glargine) can be used with liver or kidney problems.
  • Insulin is the most effective blood sugar lowering medication, as it lowers A1c (average blood sugar over time) up to 2 or 3%. When used correctly, it'll prevent the harmful effects of high blood sugar levels on your organs and blood vessels.
  • Levemir (insulin detemir) is a long lasting insulin that provides consistent, all-day blood sugar control with less risk of low blood sugar.
  • Doses can be easily adjusted to make a customized regimen that's tailored to your body's needs.
  • Starting insulin early in the treatment of type 2 diabetes can maintain your body's insulin producing cells and slow down disease progression.
  • Levemir (insulin detemir) can be used in people with liver or kidney problems.
Downsides
  • You have to take insulin by injection.
  • You have to check your blood sugar regularly to assure your medications are working.
  • You may gain some weight, around 4-6 pounds.
  • You have to maintain a consistent schedule to avoid low blood sugar episodes. Dramatic changes in weight or meal patterns will require dose adjustments.
  • You have to take Levemir (insulin detemir) by injection.
  • You have to check your blood sugar regularly.
  • There is a risk of low blood sugar episodes with use of Levemir (insulin detemir).
  • Levemir (insulin detemir) can cause tiredness, moderate weight gain, and swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
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Reviews
584 reviews so far
67%
saidit'sworth it
51%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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130 reviews so far
45%
saidit'sworth it
35%
saiditworked well
22%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
19possible side effects
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    28%
  • Swelling in the limbs
    20%
  • High blood pressure
    20%
  • Flu
    19%
  • Sinus infection
    19%
  • Cataracts
    18%
  • Inflammation of the airways
    15%
  • Joint pain
    14%
  • Pain in extremity
    13%
  • Back pain
    13%
  • Cough
    12%
  • Urinary tract infection
    11%
  • Diarrhea
    11%
  • Depression
    11%
  • Infection
    10%
  • Headache
    10%
  • Blood vessel disease
    7%
  • Retinal vein disorder
    6%
  • Injection site pain
    3%
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5possible side effects
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    26%
  • Headache
    23%
  • Sore throat
    10%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    8%
  • Stomach pain
    6%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
    • Insulin dose too high
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Poor injection techniques
  • Complications due to low potassium
    • Use of other medicine that lower potassium
    • Current electrolyte imbalance
  • Severe allergic reactions
    • Allergy to insulin
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  • Life-threatening low blood sugar (Hypoglycemia)
    • Insulin dose too high
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Poor injection techniques
  • Complications due to low potassium
    • Use of other medicine that lower potassium
    • Current electrolyte imbalance
  • Severe allergic reactions
    • Allergy to insulin
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