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Taking Levemir®

You may have concerns about adding an injectable medicine to your daily routine. But it’s important to realize the positive effect it may have on the management of your diabetes. Once you gain a little practice, Levemir® injections can become part of your daily routine.

See Instructions For Use »

Taking Levemir®

You may have concerns about adding an injectable medicine to your daily routine. But it’s important to realize the positive effect it may have on the management of your diabetes. Once you gain a little practice, Levemir® injections can become part of your daily routine.

See Instructions For Use »

Features of Levemir® FlexTouch®

  • Low injection-force push button. A built-in spring mechanism requires low force to inject all doses. When your dose is delivered, you should hear or feel a clicka
  • Accurate dosing. Turn the dose selector to select the number of units you need to inject, from 1 to 80 units
  • Levemir® FlexTouch® should be used with caution in patients with visual impairment who may rely on audible clicks to dial their dose
  • Thinnest needle available. The 32G Tip needle is the thinnest needle made by Novo Nordisk,b a leader in diabetes care for more than 90 years
  • More insulin than a vial. One box of Levemir® FlexTouch® contains 5 disposable pens, each prefilled with 300 units of Levemir® for a total of 1500 units of Levemir® insulin. You’ll get 50% more insulin than you get from a vial (1000 units)
  • Insurance coverage. Levemir® FlexTouch® is covered by most health insurance and Medicare plans nationwide

aAfter dose counter has returned to 0, keep needle in skin for 6 seconds before the needle is removed. If you do not, you may not have received your full dose and you should check your blood sugar more often because you may need more insulin. You may or may not hear an audible click at end of dose.

bNeedles are sold separately and may require a prescription in some states. Needles and Levemir® FlexTouch® must not be shared.

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Levemir® also comes in a vial

If you prefer to take your insulin with a vial and syringe or if you need to receive your insulin in a vial for insurance reasons, Levemir® is also available in a vial.

Learn about another long-acting insulin

Get details on another long-acting insulin from Novo Nordisk.

Storing Levemir® FlexTouch® and vial

Storage before use

  • Store unused Levemir® FlexTouch® pens and vials in the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C)
  • Do not freeze Levemir®Do not use Levemir® if it has been frozen
  • Keep unopened Levemir® in the carton to protect from light
  • Unused pens and vials may be used until the expiration date printed on the label, if kept in the refrigerator

Storage after use

  • Keep at room temperature (below 86oF) or refrigerated for up to 6 weeks
  • Keep away from direct heat and light
  • Dispose after 42 days, even if there is insulin left in the pen or vial
  • Do not store Levemir® FlexTouch® with the needle in place

Save on your Levemir® prescription with a savings card

If you have commercial insurance, such as insurance you receive through your employer or purchase yourself, you may be eligible to pay as little as $45 per 30-day supply for up to 24 months.c

Save on your Levemir® prescription with a savings card

If you have commercial insurance, such as insurance you receive through your employer or purchase yourself, you may be eligible to pay as little as $45 per 30-day supply for up to 24 months.c

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What is Levemir® (insulin detemir injection) 100 U/mL?

  • 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.

Levemir® Important Safety Information

Do not share your Levemir® FlexTouch® with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.

Who should not take Levemir®?

Do not take Levemir® if:

  • you have an allergy to Levemir® or any of the ingredients in Levemir®.

Before taking Levemir®, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions including, if you are:

  • pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • taking new prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including supplements.

Talk to your health care provider about how to manage low blood sugar.

How should I take Levemir®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Change (rotate) your injection sites within the area you choose with each injection to reduce your risk of getting lipodystrophy (pits in skin or thickened skin) and localized cutaneous amyloidosis (skin with lumps) at the injection sites.
    • Do not use the exact same spot for each injection.
    • Do not inject where the skin has pits, is thickened, or has lumps.
    • Do not inject where the skin is tender, bruised, scaly or hard, or into scars or damaged skin.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not reuse or share your needles or syringes with other people. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.
  • Never inject Levemir® into a vein or muscle.

What should I avoid while taking Levemir®?

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how it affects you.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that contain alcohol.

What are the possible side effects of Levemir®?

Serious side effects can lead to death, including:

Low blood sugar. Some signs and symptoms include:

  • anxiety, irritability, mood changes, dizziness, sweating, confusion, and headache.

Your insulin dose may need to change because of:

  • change in level of physical activity, weight gain or loss, increased stress, illness, or change in diet.

Other common side effects may include:

  • reactions at the injection site, itching, rash, serious allergic reactions (whole body reactions), skin thickening or pits at the injection site (lipodystrophy), weight gain, swelling of your hands and feet and if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure.

Get emergency medical help if you have:

  • trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.

Please click here for Levemir® Prescribing Information.

Levemir® is a prescription medication.

Look up your cost and a savings offer at MyLevemirCost.com.

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.

If you need assistance with prescription costs, help may be available. Visit www.pparx.org or call 1‑888-4PPA-NOW.

Talk to your health care provider about your diabetes management plan, including diet and exercise.