Quick Answer: Is Levemir A Fast Acting Insulin?

Levemir (insulin detemir) is a man-made form of insulin, a hormone that is produced in the body.

Insulin works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood.

Insulin detemir is a long-acting insulin that starts to work several hours after injection and keeps working evenly for up to 24 hours.

How long does it take for Levemir to kick in?

Long-acting: It begins working around four hours after injection and it has the ability to work for up to 24 hours. These insulins do not peak but are steady throughout the day. Examples of long-acting insulin including glargine (Lantus) and detemir (Levemir).

What insulin is equivalent to Levemir?

Levemir (detemir) and Lantus (glargine) are both long acting insulins and no difference has been found in their efficacy however, weight gain and night-time hypoglycemia appear to be less with Levemir.

Can Levemir and Humalog be taken at the same time?

A rapid- or short-acting insulin is often prescribed with Levemir. However, Levemir should never be mixed in the same syringe with other insulins before injection. Do not vigorously shake insulin before use. Don’t reuse or recycle.

Is levemir a 24 hour insulin?

What Levemir® provides. As a long-acting insulin, Levemir® provides blood sugar control for up to 24 hours and lowers your A1C. Levemir® can help provide the insulin your body needs between meals and while you’re sleeping. Hypoglycemia is a common side effect of all insulins, including Levemir®.

What is the best time of day to take Levemir?

When Levemir is taken once daily, inject the insulin with the evening meal or at bedtime. When taken twice daily, the evening dose should be taken with the evening meal, at bedtime, or 12 hours following the morning dose.

Where is the best place to inject Levemir?

Levemir® can be injected in the thigh, abdomen, or upper arm. It’s important to change the injection site within your injection area each time you inject and not inject into the exact same spot each time.

Does Lantus work better than Levemir?

Both Levemir and Lantus also have a lower risk of causing hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood sugar) compared to other insulins. Because they work slowly over 24 hours, you tend to experience more predictable blood sugar levels. You also don’t need to plan your daily dose around meals like you do with other insulins.

How many units of Levemir should I take?

The recommended starting dose of LEVEMIR in patients with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on oral antidiabetic medications is 10 Units (or 0.1-0.2 Units/kg) given once daily in the evening or divided into a twice daily regimen.

What is the best long acting insulin?

Tresiba (insulin degludec) is the longest acting insulin available, and there don’t appear to be any coming down the pipeline that give this duration of effect. What makes Tresiba a hero is its long duration of action (more than 40 hours) with minimal fluctuations in blood levels of the drug.