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Are there any insulins that aren't tied to mealtimes?

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Long-acting insulins aren't tied to mealtimes. You'll take detemir (Levemir) once or twice a day no matter when you eat. And you'll take glargine (Basaglar, Lantus, Toujeo) once a day, always at the same time. Deglutec is taken once a day, and the time of day can be flexible. But some people do have to pair a long-acting insulin with a shorter-acting type or another medication that does have to be taken at meal time.

SOURCES:

The Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic. 

Thomson Micromedex. 

Sanofi-aventis Group in the United States. 

New Zealand Ministry of Health.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 5, 2018

SOURCES:

The Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic. 

Thomson Micromedex. 

Sanofi-aventis Group in the United States. 

New Zealand Ministry of Health.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on June 5, 2018

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