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Doctor insights on: Levemir Flexpen Medication

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As of jan. 1, my prescription drug coverage will no longer cover lantus. They want me to switch to levemir (insulin detemir). Is levemir (insulin detemir) basically the same thing?

Tough question: Some patients do much better on Lantus and others do better on levemir (insulin detemir). You will have to work with your doctor on this. Essentially they do the same thing. ...Read more

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Does levemir (insulin detemir) insulin last for the full 24 hours?

Does levemir (insulin detemir) insulin last for the full 24 hours?

Levemir (insulin detemir): There is considerable debate about Levemir (insulin detemir) vs Lantus but there is not much difference.
My personal preference for patients is Lantus because the drug has an effect a bit longer than Levemir (insulin detemir).
Your choice should be on the cost - take the less expensive one and things should turn out fine. ...Read more

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What time of day should I take my Levemir (insulin detemir) Flex Pin? Morning or midday or night?

Night: If it's used as once per day, nighttime is best. More often, you need this as a twice per day injection, depending on your characteristics. ...Read more

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Any other effects of novorapid or levemir (insulin detemir)?

Any other effects of novorapid or levemir (insulin detemir)?

Insulin side effects: Side effects for insulin: low blood sugar, pain at injection site, thickened tissue at injection site, itchiness, rash, weight gain, water/sodium retention. ...Read more

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We think we just put novolog in the levemir (insulin detemir) bottle we have no more levemir (insulin detemir).... Is the levemir (insulin detemir) ruined it was 10 units..

We think we just put novolog in the levemir (insulin detemir) bottle we have no more levemir (insulin detemir).... Is the levemir (insulin detemir) ruined it was 10 units..

Novolog is rapid: Acting ; is used to cover sugars that are elevated pre meals, when you mix the two you could get reaction- do not use the mixture you now have. ...Read more

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I just recently got put on levemir (insulin detemir) flexpen and I also take clonidine I read that clonidine lowers the effects of levemir (insulin detemir) is that true?

I just recently got put on levemir (insulin detemir) flexpen and I also take clonidine I read that clonidine lowers the effects of levemir (insulin detemir) is that true?

Not exactly: Clonidine does not alter the effectiveness of Levemir (insulin detemir), (insulin detemir) however it CAN mask the symptoms of hypoglycemia that can be caused if you take too much Levemir (insulin detemir). As long as you are keeping close tabs on your blood sugar levels and not allowing them to go too low you should be fine. ...Read more

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Any other known side effects of novorapid or levemir (insulin detemir)?

Any other known side effects of novorapid or levemir (insulin detemir)?

Low blood sugar: They are both insulin. If use too much, they can cause low blood sugar. Other possible side effects are injection site reaction, rash, allergic reaction to the components in the insulin, low potassium level, weight gain. ...Read more

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Any other known side effects of novorapid or levemir (insulin detemir) vs others?

Any other known side effects of novorapid or levemir (insulin detemir) vs others?

Just like others: Side effect is the same as other insulin: low blood sugar, pain at injection site, thickened tissue at injection site, itchiness, rash, weight gain, water/sodium retention. ...Read more

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I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

Eye on sugar: Hi. Sooner or later, it happens to most insulin users. It would have been more dangerous had you injected Novolog instead of Levemir (insulin detemir), (insulin detemir) because Novolog hits with a bang, and hypoglycemia risk would be much higher for 6-7 hours. As it is, your risk is much lower for hypoglycemia having taken Levemir (insulin detemir) by accident. It won't cover your meal well at all. Follow your sugars more for next 16-20 hours. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

Any advice? I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

Long Instead short: Levemir (insulin detemir) is long acting. It will stay in your system about 24hrs. Don't take the rest of the Novolog for the 24h.Can stay longer than 24hrs if you have kidney or liver problem.
-Low Blood sugar: take sugary drinks (Juice, soda, and eat) and go to ER.
Low Blood sugar causes sweating, weakness, Tremor, palpitations, passing out, coma and death.
Call your doctor for Further advice.
Be Well. ...Read more

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I take levemir (insulin detemir) 40u before bed. Not working well. Sugars still 140-220 range. Will splitting dose help?

I take levemir (insulin detemir) 40u before bed. Not working well. Sugars still 140-220 range. Will splitting dose help?

Dose of levemir (insulin detemir): You obviously should discuss the dosing of Levemir (insulin detemir) (l) with they physician (p) who prescribed it. You may be ingesting too many carbohydrates. Your current dose of l appears to be inadequate. Call your p to discuss the dose of l you should be on. ...Read more

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I take metformin1000mg, victoza1.8mg, levemir (insulin detemir) 7units at night and my sugar is still high in the morning why is that? Its around 150 to 180

I take metformin1000mg, victoza1.8mg, levemir (insulin detemir) 7units at night and my sugar is still high in the morning why is that? Its around 150 to 180

150-180: Please gradually increase your Levermir by one unit a day. Check your blood sugar on alternate morning and bedtime and gradually you will find your blood glucose is stable. ...Read more

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I take metformin, victoza (liraglutide) added levemir about 2weeks now I always feel fainting but my sugars are not that low and jittery is this ok?

I take metformin, victoza (liraglutide) added levemir about 2weeks now I always feel fainting but my sugars are not that low and jittery is this ok?

Yes: It seems that your diabetes has not been controlled for a while and now it is getting better. As long as your sugars are not less than 70 you will be ok. Your sugars drop you should decrease levemir (insulin detemir) dose ...Read more

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Can levemir (insulin detemir) insulin be predrawn for a home care patient and if so how long of a period of time would it be considered stable?

Can levemir (insulin detemir) insulin be predrawn for a home care patient and if so how long of a period of time would it be considered stable?

Pen form: This Insulin is also manufactured to be used in a pen delivery device. No drawing up. Just turn the dial to the dose. Please check with the diabetes team to see if this might be an option for you. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink bitter melon tea while taking levemir, (insulin detemir)metfomin, voctoza and other meds?

Is it ok to drink bitter melon tea while taking levemir, (insulin detemir)metfomin, voctoza and other meds?

Mgt: Some drinks which contain grapefruit and other fruit juices may alter drug levels. I would recommend checking with your pharmacist as well. ...Read more

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Can Levemir (insulin detemir) cause stomach bloating if I give myself a shot of insulin in my stomach often?

Can Levemir (insulin detemir) cause stomach bloating if I give myself a shot of insulin in my stomach often?

Bloating: You MUST see your primary doctor about this. More than likely you will be referred to an Endocrinologist. Stomach bloating may or may not be related Levemir (insulin detemir) and/or insulin.

Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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My mother was given 20 iu of levemir (insulin detemir) insulin accidentally. 48 hrs later shaking, Is this a side effect?

My mother was given 20 iu of levemir (insulin detemir) insulin accidentally. 48 hrs later shaking, Is this a side effect?

OK, how?: Hi. How on earth does one get insulin ACCIDENTALLY? Most normal people could tolerate 20 units of Levemir (insulin detemir) without a crash and burn. 48 hours afterwards, the symptoms have NOTHING to do with getting 20 units of Levemir (insulin detemir) "accidentally". ...Read more

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Levemir (insulin detemir) really messed my legs up in the thigh area due to pitting. Can anything be done to correct the damage? Thanks

Levemir (insulin detemir) really messed my legs up in the thigh area due to pitting. Can anything be done to correct the damage? Thanks

Pitting: Is not a side effect of Levemir (insulin detemir). It is either diabetic lipodystrophy or edema from other underlying causes. Please get examined and treated. ...Read more

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Iam Nw 37th wk of pregnancy with gestational diabetes. Takg levemir 2x n novorapid 3x still not under control. Now reading says 240. Please help?

Iam Nw 37th wk of pregnancy with gestational diabetes. Takg levemir 2x n novorapid 3x still not under control. Now reading says 240. Please help?

OB specialist: Are you seeing a OB specialist called a Maternal Fetal Medicine OB GYN MD? If not, your complicated pregnancy with diabetes should be co-managed at the least with your regular OB + this type of specialist. See one soon. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mother was given 20 iu of levemir (insulin detemir) insulin accidentally. 48 hrs later shaking, could this be a side effect?

No: Hi. No, a dose of Levemir (insulin detemir) is long gone 48 hours after taking it. Since she's on insulin, anytime she has shaking (other symptoms too, like sweating, confusion, etc), she should check her blood sugar. ...Read more

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I am diabetic, I took my blood sugar it is 455 I took 80 units of levemir (insulin detemir). Have chest pain from cough maybe. What should I do?

I am diabetic, I took my blood sugar it is 455 I took 80 units of levemir (insulin detemir). Have chest pain from cough maybe. What should I do?

Evaluation: Hi, you better go to ER for evaluation if you have chest pain, also you might need evaluation of your high sugar and possibly adjustment of your Insulin. ...Read more

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I just added levemir to my metformin 1000mg, victoza (liraglutide) 1.8mg I always feel weak and sleepy my glucose is not low still 150s in morning is this normal?

I just added levemir to my metformin 1000mg, victoza (liraglutide) 1.8mg I always feel weak and sleepy my glucose is not low still 150s in morning is this normal?

Of course not: B"sd
Seems like a good set of meds. Agree, its probably not the glucose causing those symptoms. Need to consider what else it could be. Possibilities include another endocrine condition, anemia and more. My first guess would be the sleep disorder.
glad to discuss further. ...Read more

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Since I've been taking levemir (insulin detemir) for high bloodsugers my eye has becane very blurrey and I have eye pressuee wiith head ache, shoyld I stop takeing it.

Since I've been taking levemir (insulin detemir) for high bloodsugers my eye has becane very blurrey and I have eye pressuee wiith head ache, shoyld I stop takeing it.

Get checked: Consult with your doctor who treats diabetes first, and do not stop the Levemir (insulin detemir) (insulin analog) as this might cause an extreme rise in blood sugar. The blurred vision sometimes happens with the sugar comes under better control, and there is a temporary swelling of the lens of the eye which blurs the vision. Usually no headache with this though, so the eyes need to be checked asap as well. ...Read more

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5weeks on levemir my sugar hasn't gone down to 160s in the morning I don't feel hungry and always have side tummy pain on metformin and victoza (liraglutide) help.

5weeks on levemir my sugar hasn't gone down to 160s in the morning I don't feel hungry and always have side tummy pain on metformin and victoza (liraglutide) help.

Levemir (insulin detemir): Sorry about your problem. For know please check your blood sugar on alternating morning and night. Once you have worked this out you should be able to adjust your therapy.
You should also ask your doctor to advise you about other diabetes medications that do not include Metformin or Victoza (liraglutide).
Is your diabetes type 1 or type 2. Makes a big difference.
Please let me know what develops. ...Read more

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Took levemir (insulin detemir) 10mcg -first injection- felt numb, tingle, and burning over body in tongue, trouble concentrating and talking. T/2 Benadryl try again?

Took levemir (insulin detemir) 10mcg -first injection- felt numb, tingle, and burning over body in tongue, trouble concentrating and talking. T/2 Benadryl try again?

You will: Need to inform your treating physician asap. There is a possibility you may have side effects from levemir (insulin detemir). If it is life threatening, you will need to go to the emergency room or call 911 asap! ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more