Tresiba

(insulin degludec)

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Lowers blood sugar.

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Tresiba (insulin degludec) is a long-acting insulin you use once a day for all-day sugar control. It can cause low blood sugar, so make sure you can recognize the signs & symptoms and always have a source of sugar handy.

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Quick facts about Tresiba
  • Drug class: endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Injectable insulins are the most effective medicines for controlling your blood sugar.
  • Tresiba (insulin degludec) is a long-acting insulin that can be taken once daily and at any time during the day.
  • The dose can be adjusted according to your needs.
  • Each pen can deliver up to 160 units per injection.
  • The pens are good for up to 8 weeks at room temperature.
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Downsides

  • Tresiba (insulin degludec) must be injected.
  • You have to check your blood sugar every day while on Tresiba (insulin degludec).
  • Can cause weight gain (about 4 to 6 pounds).
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Tresiba (insulin degludec) is a long-acting insulin that breaks down sugars and fats.

Quick facts about Tresiba
  • Drug class: endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Tresiba (insulin degludec) for Improves blood sugar levels

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  • Possible side effects
  • Common cold
  • Headache
  • Infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Injection site reactions
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Side effect rates for Tresiba (insulin degludec)

From 1102 clinical trials of Tresiba when taken for type 1 diabetes (subcutaneous injection q.d.)
  • Common cold
    24%24%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    12%12%
  • Headache
    12%12%
  • Sinus infection
    5%5%
  • Stomach flu
    5%5%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Tresiba.

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Risks and Warnings for Tresiba (insulin degludec)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Insulin dose too high
    • Use of other blood sugar lowering medicines
    • Poor injection techniques
    • Kidney damage
    • Liver damage

    Tresiba (insulin degludec) can cause hypoglecmia or very low blood sugar. This is life-threatening. Your doctor will find the right dose to control your blood sugar, but does not cause it to become too low. Talk to your doctor about the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar, and how to treat it. You should also keep a log of your daily blood sugar levels to see how your body reacts to Tresiba (insulin degludec).

Common concerns from people taking Tresiba (insulin degludec)

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Kidneys and liver
  • Each pen can deliver up to 160 units per injection.
Weight
  • Can cause weight gain.
  • Can cause weight gain (about 4 to 6 pounds).