Levemir

(insulin detemir)

3.3/ 5 average rating with 130 reviewsforLevemir
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Lowers blood sugar.

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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.

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    $468.44
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Quick facts about Levemir
  • Drug class: Endocrine
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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.
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People’s experience with Levemir

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Downsides

  • 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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How it works

Levemir (insulin detemir) is a long-acting insulin medicine for diabetes. It acts like the insulin that your body naturally produces to process sugars and fats, and it keeps your blood sugar stable throughout the day.

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

Dosage forms

  • Injection
People’s experience with Levemir

130reviews so far. What do you think?

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What to expect when you take Levemir (insulin detemir) for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

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  • Possible side effects
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Low blood sugar
  • Swelling in the limbs
  • Stomach flu
  • Weight gain
  • Cough
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Side effect rates for Levemir (insulin detemir)

From 767 clinical trials of Levemir when taken for type 2 diabetes
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    26%26%
  • Headache
    23%23%
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    13%13%
  • Sore throat
    10%10%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    8%8%
  • Headache
    7%7%
  • Stomach pain
    6%6%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Levemir.

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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

    Very low blood sugar is life-threatening. Understand how your body warns you of low blood sugar, this may include fast heartbeat, sweating, pale skin, shakiness, confusion or irritability. Make sure you have access to easy sugar sources to treat low blood sugar episodes.

Pharmacist Q&A

Levemir (insulin detemir) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in adults.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in adults.

Common concerns from people taking Levemir (insulin detemir)

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Food
  • Changes in meals or exercise regimens can cause your blood sugar to be low or high, so try to maintain consistency. Speak to your doctor if this changes, as your dose may need to adjusted.
Kidneys and liver
  • Levemir (insulin detemir) can be used in people with liver or kidney problems.
Weight
  • Levemir (insulin detemir) can cause tiredness, moderate weight gain, and swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
  • Not worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed LevemirSupposed 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.
    70
    Man
    A month or so
    Type 2 diabetes