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 (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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
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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
3possible side effects
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
    69%
  • Common cold
    13%
  • Lung infection
    10%
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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
  • Sharing of Toujeo (insulin glargine) pens
  • Changes in blood sugar levels
    • Changes in insulin
    • Alcohol
    • Other anti-diabetic medications
  • Medication errors
    • Using more than one insulin at a time
  • Severe allergic reactions
    • Allergic reactions to other insulins
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugars)
  • 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
    • 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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