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What is the best substitute for Levemir?

What is the best substitute for Levemir?

There are a couple of alternatives to Levemir that you may want to talk with your doctor about. First off, Lantus and the more affordable biosimilar, Basaglar, are both long-acting insulins used for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Lantus and Basaglar provide the same units of insulin per milliliter as Levemir.

Has Levemir been discontinued?

Novo Nordisk announced the discontinuation of Levemir (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) FlexPen on September 30, 2014. After this date, and once the wholesaler’s inventory is exhausted, no additional product will be available.

Which is better Levemir or Lantus?

Both Levemir and Lantus appear to be equally effective in the daily management of blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. A 2011 study review found no significant difference in the safety or effectiveness of Levemir versus Lantus for type 2 diabetes.

Do you gain weight with Levemir?

Levemir may cause weight gain. This is a common side effect of all forms of insulin. Studies have shown that Levemir can cause small weight increases in people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. But it causes less weight gain than other types of long-acting insulin.

What is the generic version of Levemir?

Trade Name: LEVEMIR Generic Name: Insulin Detemir [rDNA Origin] Sponsor: Novo Nordisk, Inc.

Why is there a shortage of Levemir?

Novo Nordisk Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Levemir®, Tresiba®, Fiasp®, Novolog® and Xultophy® Product Samples Due to Improper Storage Temperature Conditions. When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service.

How many hours does Levemir last?

insulin detemir (Levemir), lasts 18 to 23 hours.

How much does each unit of Levemir lower blood sugar?

Levemir lowered their fasting blood sugar by an average of 30 to 44 mg/dL over 16 to 24 weeks. Adults taking insulin NPH had their fasting blood sugar lowered by an average of 9 mg/dL. In comparison, people taking insulin glargine (Lantus) had their fasting blood sugar lowered by an average of 41 mg/dL.

Is 10 units of Levemir a lot?

Dosage for type 2 diabetes The usual starting dose of Levemir for type 2 diabetes is 10 units. Or your doctor may prescribe a dose based on your body weight. The usual dosage range is from 0.1 units/kg to 0.2 units/kg. You’ll likely inject your dose once per day in the evening.

Is there a generic alternative for Levemir?

Levemir (insulin detemir) is an expensive drug used to treat diabetes mellitus, including diabetes type 1 and diabetes type 2. There is currently no generic alternative for Levemir.

What is Levemir used for?

What is Levemir? Levemir ( insulin detemir) is a man-made form of insulin, a hormone that is produced in the body. Insulin works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. Levemir is a long-acting insulin that starts to work several hours after injection and keeps working evenly for up to 24 hours.

How should I take Levemir®?

Take Levemir®exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to. Know the type and strength of insulin you take. Do not change the type of insulin you take unless your healthcare provider tells you to. The amount of insulin and the best time for you to take your insulin may need to change if you take different types of insulin.

Is Levemir safe for patients with hepatic impairment?

Careful glucose monitoring and dose adjustments of insulin, including LEVEMIR®, may be necessary in patients with hepatic impairment [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY ]. Some medications may alter insulin requirements and subsequently increase the risk for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia [see DRUG INTERACTIONS ].

What is the distribution of Levemir in the US?

LEVEMIR has a small apparent volume of distribution of approximately 0.1 L/kg. LEVEMIR, after subcutaneous administration, has a terminal half-life of 5 to 7 hours depending on dose. Special Populations