Comment from: Dulce 65-74 Female 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: May 19

Years ago when I started to take insulin, Levemir worked wonderful with some increases through the years, stayed on 60 at night and 50 in the am, for the last two months I have been struggling trying to bring the sugars down, no diet or exercise changes, stress yes but who doesnâ??t, I am up to 80 twice a day and watching everything I put in my mouth, blood sugars staying in the 300â??s at night and 200â??s in the am, I never ever have had 300 blood sugars, is it possible that my body is not absorbing it anymore? Seeing my PCP soon, I feel irritable and with no patience, I used to be very patient and calm. Thank you.

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Comment from: Paul 65-74 Male 5 to less than 10 years Patient Published: November 04

Insurance would not cover Lantus, was switched to Levemir, my a.m. blood sugars went from 100-105 to 195-216 over night!

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Comment from: Medicare Victim 65-74 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: August 30

Levemir injection of 120cc once each evening with glucose reduction only to 185 in the mornings, raising to 260 in the afternoon. Ineffective as a blood sugar control.

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Comment from: Richard 65-74 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: August 19

My insurence made me switch to this. Worst insulin I have ever used in over 20 years. Injecting water would have been as good. I had to stop using it. Then i heard of Novolin at walmarrt much better and much cheaper. Would love to get my money back.

Comment from: Michael Utter 65-74 Male 10 years or more Patient Published: May 28

Diabetic for 25 years, on insulin for 18. Lantas was controlling sugars well. Forced to switch to Levemir by provider. It is not working for me and I feel terrible. Even with careful ketogenic lifestyle A1C up from 6.3 to 8's and going higher. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO JOIN A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST INSURERS TO GET BACK TO LANTAS.

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Comment from: Cookymkr 55-64 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: January 01

Been using for almost a week and being very careful about my diet. Blood glucose readings never under 200 and often over 300! Taking 20 units at bedtime. Curious to how soon others saw it working. I understand stand it’s “slow acting “ but seriously? ??

Comment from: 75 or over Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: November 13

After using 3 vials I am beginning to have muscle ach all over my body.

Comment from: 55-64 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: July 08

I use Levemir in conjunction with fast-acting insulin Novolin. The combination keeps my A1c around 7.0 when I eat decently. The pen set is easy to use. There low cost pen needles for sale online.

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Comment from: 65-74 Female 10 years or more Patient Published: January 28

I have been using Levimir for over a week now and my blood sugars are higher than ever. It doesn't seem to be working.

Comment from: tabdeans 45-54 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: January 18

I am so glad to read these comments. I was forced to switch from Lantus to Levemir because of my insurance, and in the three months since I've switched I have felt horrible. I have repeatedly been assured that Levemir has nothing to do with it, and I was beginning to think something was seriously wrong with me. My blood sugars have reached more than 500 several times, which never happened in 15 years that I took Lantus. I have gained 10 pounds, lost all motivation, felt weak in my muscles and tired. I have decreased my caloric intake and increased my activity, including lifting weights three times a week, and still I cannot lose weight. I am curious to see my A1c results this week. I am literally using twice as much insulin as in the past, (I also had to switch from humalog to novolog) and my results are all over the place. I suspect I will bite the bullet and pay cash to switch back. Thanks for the comments here.

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Comment from: Tom 45-54 Male 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: March 27

After having tried multiple oral and injectables for my diabetes, the doctor decided to try the Levemir Flextouch. It began working within a couple of days. Prior to initiation of this medicine I had multiple side effects and my A1C continued to be high. Now...virtually no side effects, my sugar is under control and my A1C is below 6. something that has not happened in years. Great medication! (for me at least.)

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Comment from: Sabra 35-44 Female less than 1 month Patient Published: August 03

I've been a type 2 diabetic for 8 years now and I've never been controlled. I started out on Metformin and then they added Glipizide 4 months ago. After my last A1C I started talking to my Dc about other alternatives. She had samples of Leveimir and in the 3 weeks I've been on it my sugars have dropped from 348 average down to 130. I'm not sleepy all the time. I've been watching what I eat and excising too. With just using Metformin it didn't seem to matter I would watch what I eat and workout some and it would rarely go below 200. So I just gave up and started eating what I wanted and didn't check my sugars. FOR ONCE I'm on track. I do have to go talk to the Dr about the rash that's developed on my arm. I've only noticed it for the past week. Not sure if it's a side effect or an allergic reaction.

Comment from: 45-54 Male less than 1 month Patient Published: May 25

I was on Lantus insulin for several years and taking a dose of 35 units a day. My blood sugar levels ran from 80 to 100. Now my provider has made me switch to Levemir and I'm currently taking 60 units a day with blood sugar levels never dropping below 200. I'm not sure what to do since I'm taking almost twice as much and still having extremely high numbers.

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Comment from: tex 65-74 Male 2 to less than 5 years Caregiver Published: November 01

My wife has been on Levemir for about 3 years.20 units at 8:pm & 23 units at 8:am. blood sugar 80 to 120 depending on exercise and calories.

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Comment from: Saphyre Star 55-64 Female 1 to 6 months Patient Published: July 18

My sugars are all over the place from 95 up to 540. Can't stand the burning and the red lumps and itching at injection site. There is a discount card that Levemir and lantus gives you. Also, I switched to Target instead of Walmart. Walmart did not know how to use the discount card and argued with me. The discount card is used after your co pay and saves alot of money.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male 10 years or more Patient Published: April 30

Have been on insulin since 1991. 61 year old male. Use R insulin as bolus and Lantus 100 units at bedtime as basal. Worked well. Insuror would not pay for Lantus so switched to Levemir. Might as well be injecting water. No apparent effectiveness. Trying to control with R, but does not work well.

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Comment from: Frank 55-64 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: July 03

Have used both Levemir and Lantus. I find no difference in effectiveness. I take 15 units once a day and Humalog at each meal 3-5 units. Also take 2000 mg of metformin. HbA1c stable at around 7.2. Normally in the 100 to 200 range. Only over 200 if I eat a big meal or large snack. No problems with going too low. Works good for me.

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Comment from: tideflash 45-54 Male 6 months to less than 1 year Patient Published: June 24

I have been using levimer for 8 months. I also use glimiperide and metformin pills. When I went on Levimer my blood sugar readings were as high as 390. Now they range from 114 average and as low as 85 if I have a very small meal in the evening. My weight has only fluctuated a few pounds. The injections using a needle and vial are usually okay but rarely will hurt if I inject into a harder muscular area of my stomach. I experience a little bleeding about 1 out of 5 injections.


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Comment from: Alphadog 55-64 Male 2 to less than 5 years Patient Published: June 19

I switched from Lantus 2 years ago because of painful injection at the site. I have had the best experience by taking 20u in AM and 20u PM. as long as I DON'T EAT High carb food within 2 hrs of sleeoing (that bedtime bowl of cereal had to go) I consistantly wake up with an 80 to 100 count. My A1C has also maintained 6.7 to 6.9. Very happy with product.

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Comment from: Levinsonbill 65-74 Male 10 years or more Patient Published: May 27

Is this similar to Lantus?

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Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

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