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|Generic:||Insulin Detemir [recombitant DNA origin]|
|This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:|
|This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:|
Novo Nordisk, Inc.
|This drug is available in the following forms:|
|View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:|
- Levemir (insulin detemir [recombinant DNA origin]) is a long-acting insulin used to treat adult patients with diabetes for the control of high blood sugar.
- Because Levemir is made by recombinant DNA technology (rDNA) and is chemically different from the insulin made by the human body, it is called an insulin analog.
Side Effects of Levemir
Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can occur with:
- the wrong insulin dose.
- medicines that directly lower glucose or increase sensitivity to insulin.
- medical conditions that limit the body’s glucose reserve, lengthen the time insulin stays in the body, or that increase sensitivity to insulin.
- not enough carbohydrate (sugar or starch) intake.
- too much glucose use by the body.
Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can occur with:
- the wrong insulin dose.
- medicines that directly increase glucose or decrease sensitivity to insulin.
- medical conditions that increase the body’s production of glucose or decrease sensitivity to insulin.
- too much carbohydrate intake.
Talk to your healthcare professional about symptoms of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.
Other possible side effects include the following:
- Serious allergic reaction. Get medical help right away if you develop a rash over your whole body, have trouble breathing, a fast heartbeat, or sweating.
- Reaction at the injection site (local allergic reaction). You may get redness, swelling, and itching at the injection site. If you have serious or continuing reactions, you may need to stop using Levemir and use another insulin.
- Skin thickens or pits at the injection site, especially if the injection site is not rotated.
- Vision changes that may require evaluation by an ophthalmologist (medical doctor specializing in eye disease) or changes in your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription.
- Fluid retention or swelling of your hands and feet.
- Low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia).
Who Should Not Take Levemir
Do not take Levemir if:
- your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia).
- you are allergic to insulin detemir or any of its ingredients.
Interactions with Levemir
Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you are taking including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Certain medicines may increase or decrease glucose or may increase or decrease sensitivity to insulin. Do not start any new medicines until you know how they may affect your insulin dose.
- Many medicines may affect your insulin needs. Other medicines can change the way insulin works. You may need a different dose of insulin when you are taking certain other medicines. Keep a list to show to your health care professional. Do not start any new medicines until you know how they may affect your insulin dose.
- The amount of food you eat can affect your insulin needs. Talk to your doctor if you change your diet so that you know how to adjust your Levemir and other insulin doses.
- Alcohol, including beer and wine, may affect your blood sugar levels. Talk to your healthcare professional about drinking alcohol.
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