Talk to Your Health Care Provider About Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection)
Having a good relationship with your health care provider is very important. Your health care provider is your partner in diabetes care. He or she can help you manage your diabetes so you can stay as healthy as possible.
Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection)
Doctor Discussion Guide
This discussion guide is a useful tool that you can take with you to your next appointment. Look through it, check the questions that you want to ask your health care provider, and use it during your discussion to make sure Levemir® is right for you.
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Discussing Your Insulin Therapy
Every person with diabetes has their own unique experience with their condition. This includes a different medical history and different risk factors. Your insulin therapy should fit your own personal needs. When you talk to your health care provider, be sure to discuss:
- Your blood sugar goal. Find out the blood sugar range that you should be trying to reach.
- Your daily schedule. Depending on where you are at different times of the day, you should have an insulin therapy and delivery device that suits your needs.
- Your risk factors. Ask your health care team about any risk factors that may be unique to you.
Important Safety Information
INDICATIONS AND USAGE
What is Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection)?
- Levemir® is a man-made long-acting insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.
- It is not recommended to use Levemir® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Who should not use Levemir®?
- Do not use Levemir® if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my health care provider before taking Levemir®?
- About all of your medical conditions, including liver, kidney, or heart problems.
- If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to do either.
- About all prescription and nonprescription medicines you take, including supplements, as your dose may need to change.
How should I take Levemir®?
- Inject Levemir® under the skin of your stomach area, upper arms, or thighs, but never into a vein or muscle.
- Do not dilute or mix Levemir® with any other insulin or injectable diabetes medicine or use in an insulin pump. Give yourself separate injections in the same body area, but not next to each other.
- Do not change your dose or type of insulin unless you are told to by your health care provider.
- Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes.
- Check your blood sugar levels as directed by your health care provider.
What should I consider while using Levemir®?
- Alcohol, including beer and wine, may affect your blood sugar.
- Be careful when driving a car or operating machinery. You may have difficulty concentrating or reacting if you have low blood sugar. Talk to your health care provider if you often have low blood sugar or no warning signs of low blood sugar.
What are the possible side effects of Levemir®?
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.
- Serious allergic reactions may occur. Get medical help right away, if you develop a rash over your whole body, have trouble breathing, a fast heartbeat, or sweating.
- Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, and weight gain.
The weight benefits of Levemir® when used alone or with other medications have not been established. The actual weight effects of Levemir® and these other medicines are not known.
Please click here for complete Levemir® Prescribing Information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Levemir® is a prescription medication.
If you need assistance with prescription drug costs, help may be available. Visit pparx.org or call 1-888-4PPA-NOW.
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