"Miriam E. Tucker
Medscape Medical News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now require a "for single patient use only" warning on all multidose pen devices used for injectable diabetes medications.
Levemir Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is insulin detemir (Levemir)?
- What are the possible side effects of insulin detemir (Levemir)?
- What is the most important information I should know about insulin detemir (Levemir)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using insulin detemir (Levemir)?
- How should I use insulin detemir (Levemir)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Levemir)?
- What happens if I overdose (Levemir)?
- What should I avoid while using insulin detemir (Levemir)?
- What other drugs will affect insulin detemir (Levemir)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Levemir)?
Follow your doctor's directions if you miss a dose of insulin. It is important to keep insulin detemir on hand at all times. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
What happens if I overdose (Levemir)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An insulin overdose can cause life-threatening hypoglycemia.
Symptoms of severe hypoglycemia include extreme weakness, confusion, tremors, sweating, fast heart rate, trouble speaking, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing, fainting, and seizure (convulsions).
What should I avoid while using insulin detemir (Levemir)?
Do not change the brand of insulin detemir or syringe you are using without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can lower your blood sugar.
What other drugs will affect insulin detemir (Levemir)?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially other diabetes medications such as:
- exenatide (Byetta, Bydureon);
- liraglutide (Victoza); or
- any oral (taken by mouth) diabetes medications, especially metformin (Glucophage, Actoplus Met, Avandamet, Glucovance, Janumet, Jentadueto, Kombiglyze, Metaglip, or Prandimet).
Using certain medicines can make it harder for you to tell when you have low blood sugar. Tell your doctor if you use any of the following:
- asthma medication;
- cholesterol-lowering medication;
- heart or blood pressure medication, including a diuretic (water pill);
- medicine to treat depression or psychiatric disorders;
- steroid medication;
- sulfa drugs; or
- thyroid replacement medication.
This list is not complete and there are many other drugs that can increase or decrease the effects of insulin detemir on lowering your blood sugar. Tell your doctor about all medications you use; prescription and over the counter drugs, vitamins, minerals, or herbal products. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about insulin detemir.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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Additional Levemir Information
- Levemir Drug Interactions Center: insulin detemir subq
- Levemir Side Effects Center
- Levemir Overview including Precautions
- Levemir FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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