Can I use Levemir instead of Lantus?

Levemir lasts for 42 days once opened, Lantus for 28 days. They should not be used together but are usually included in a regimen with short or rapid-acting insulins. Although both Levemir and Lantus are long-acting insulins, one should not be substituted for the other except on a doctor’s advice.

Is there a substitute for Lantus insulin?

Semglee (insulin glargine-yfgn) is both biosimilar to, and interchangeable with (can be substituted for), its reference product Lantus (insulin glargine), a long-acting insulin analog.

When should you not take Levemir?

You should not use Levemir if you are allergic to insulin detemir, or if you are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis (call your doctor for treatment with a short-acting insulin). Never share a Levemir injection pen or syringe with another person, even if the needle has been changed.

Which is more expensive Lantus or Levemir?

2) Cost. The other major difference between Levemir and Lantus lies in their cost. Both medications can be expensive without insurance, but Levemir’s retail price is slightly higher.

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What insulin is equivalent to Levemir?

There are a couple of alternatives to Levemir that you may want to talk with your doctor about. First off, Lantus and the more affordable biosimilar, Basaglar, are both long-acting insulins used for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Lantus and Basaglar provide the same units of insulin per milliliter as Levemir.

What is the generic name for Levemir?

Trade Name: LEVEMIR Generic Name: Insulin Detemir [rDNA Origin] Sponsor: Novo Nordisk, Inc.

What is the cheapest short acting insulin?

Novolin R and Novolin N are currently the cheapest traditional insulins, with average unit prices of around $0.10.

What is the side effects of Levemir?

What are the side effects of Levemir (Insulin Detemir)?

  • low blood sugar;
  • weight gain;
  • swelling in your hands and feet;
  • rash, itching; or.
  • thickening or hollowing of the skin where you injected the medicine.

Is 10 units of Levemir a lot?

Dosage for type 2 diabetes

If you’re just starting to use insulin, the recommended starting dose for Levemir is 10 units, or 0.1 to 0.2 units per kg of body weight. You’ll take Levemir once a day in the evening or divide it into two doses a day.

How long does it take for Levemir to lower blood sugar?

It starts working several hours after injection and continues working for up to 24 hours. Most people will only need to inject Levemir (insulin detemir) once daily.

What is Levemir insulin used for?

Levemir® is a man-made insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes mellitus. Levemir® is not meant for use to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.

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Are NPH and Lantus the same?

Glargine (Lantus) is an insulin analog recently available in the U.S. It is a long-acting insulin but differs from other long-acting insulins (such as NPH, Lente, and ultralente) because it is clear as opposed to cloudy. It also has an acidic pH and should not be mixed with other insulins.

Is levemir regular insulin?

LEVEMIR® is a recombinant human insulin analog for once- or twice-daily subcutaneous administration. Patients treated with LEVEMIR® once-daily should administer the dose with the evening meal or at bedtime.

Are Levemir and NovoLog the same?

Levemir is a long-acting human insulin analog and is a rapid-acting form of insulin. NovoLog is usually given together with another long-acting insulin. Side effects of Levemir and NovoLog that are similar include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and injection site reactions (e.g., pain, redness, irritation).