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Hypo=hypoglycemia.
bLess weight gain than insulin glargine.1,2
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Whether these observed weight results represent true effects of Levemir® and other therapies are not known since the trial was not blinded, and the protocol (eg, diet and exercise instructions and monitoring) was not specifically directed at exploring hypotheses related to weight effects of the treatments evaluated. The clinical significance of these observed effects has not been established.

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cAverage Tier 1 co-pay may vary by benefit design. Does not include UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.

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Consistent absorption with no pronounced peak3,4
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First FDA-approved basal insulin analog with Pregnancy Category B classification3 
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Low rate of hypoglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes3,5 
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A1C and FPG reductions at a once-daily dose in patients with type 2 diabetes3,5,d 
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24-hour effect similar to insulin glargine6 
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Less weight gain vs insulin glargine1,2,b
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dLevemir® can be dosed once or twice daily.


Whether these observed weight results represent true effects of Levemir® and other therapies are not known since the trial was not blinded, and the protocol (eg, diet and exercise instructions and monitoring) was not specifically directed at exploring hypotheses related to weight effects of the treatments evaluated. The clinical significance of these observed effects has not been established.

Selected Important Safety Information

Contraindications

  • Levemir® is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to Levemir® or any of its excipients.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Never Share a Levemir® FlexTouch® Between Patients, even if the needle is changed. Sharing poses a risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens.
  • Dosage adjustment and monitoring: Monitor blood glucose in all patients treated with insulin. Insulin regimens should be modified cautiously and only under medical supervision. Changes in insulin strength, manufacturer, type, or method of administration may result in the need for a change in insulin dose or an adjustment of concomitant anti-diabetic treatment.
  • Administration: Do not dilute or mix with any other insulin or solution. Do not administer subcutaneously via an insulin pump, intramuscularly, or intravenously because severe hypoglycemia can occur. 

Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) Indications and Usage

  • Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.

Important Limitations of Use

  • Levemir® is not recommended for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. Intravenous rapid-acting or short-acting insulin is the preferred treatment for this condition.

Important Safety Information

Contraindications

  • Levemir® is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to Levemir® or any of its excipients.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Never Share a Levemir® FlexTouch® Between Patients, even if the needle is changed. Sharing poses a risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens.
  • Dosage adjustment and monitoring: Monitor blood glucose in all patients treated with insulin. Insulin regimens should be modified cautiously and only under medical supervision. Changes in insulin strength, manufacturer, type, or method of administration may result in the need for a change in the insulin dose or an adjustment of concomitant anti-diabetic treatment.
  • Administration: Do not dilute or mix with any other insulin or solution. Do not administer subcutaneously via an insulin pump, intramuscularly, or intravenously because severe hypoglycemia can occur.

  • Hypoglycemia: Hypoglycemia is the most common adverse reaction of insulin therapy and may be life-threatening. When a GLP-1 receptor agonist is used in combination with Levemir®, the Levemir® dose may need to be lowered or more conservatively titrated to minimize the risk of hypoglycemia.

  • Hypersensitivity and allergic reactions: Severe, life-threatening, generalized allergy, including anaphylaxis, can occur with insulin products, including Levemir®.

  • Renal and hepatic impairment: Careful glucose monitoring and dose adjustments of insulin, including Levemir®, may be necessary in patients with renal or hepatic impairment.
  • Drug interactions: Some medications may alter insulin requirements and subsequently increase the risk for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.
  • Fluid retention and heart failure with concomitant use of PPAR-gamma agonists: Fluid retention and heart failure can occur with concomitant use of thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which are PPAR-gamma agonists, and insulin, including Levemir®. Patients should be observed for signs and symptoms of heart failure. If heart failure occurs, dosage reduction or discontinuation of the TZD must be considered.

Adverse Reactions

  • Adverse reactions associated with Levemir® include hypoglycemia, allergic reactions, injection site reactions, lipodystrophy, rash, pruritus, and if taken with a GLP-1 receptor agonist, diarrhea.

Use in Specific Populations

  • Levemir® has not been studied in children with type 2 diabetes or in children with type 1 diabetes who are younger than 2 years of age.

  • The background risk of birth defects, pregnancy loss, or other adverse events that exists for all pregnancies is increased in pregnancies complicated by hyperglycemia.

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References
  1. Rosenstock J, Davies M, Home PD, Larsen J, Koenen C, Schernthaner G. A randomised, 52-week, treat-to-target trial comparing insulin detemir with insulin glargine when administered as add-on to glucose-lowering drugs in insulin-naive people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetologia. 2008;51(3):408-416.
  2. Hollander P, Cooper J, Bregnhøj J, Pedersen CB. A 52-week, multinational, open-label, parallel-group, noninferiority, treat-to-target trial comparing insulin detemir with insulin glargine in a basal-bolus regimen with mealtime insulin aspart in patients with type 2 diabetes. Clin Ther. 2008,20(11):1976-1987.
  3. Levemir [package insert]. Plainsboro, NJ: Novo Nordisk Inc; 2015.
  4. Heise T, Nosek L, Rønn BB, et al. Lower within-subject variability of insulin detemir in comparison to NPH insulin and insulin glargine in people with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes. 2004;53(6):1614-1620.
  5. Blonde L, Merilainen M, Karwe V, Raskin P; TITRATE Study Group. Patient-directed titration for achieving glycaemic goals using a once-daily basal insulin analogue: an assessment of two different fasting plasma glucose targets—the TITRATE study. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2009;116:623-631.
  6. King AB. Once-daily insulin detemir is comparable to once-daily insulin glargine in providing glycaemic control over 24 h in patients with type 2 diabetes: a double-blind, randomized, crossover study. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2009;11(1):69-71.