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Levemir® is a long-acting insulin analog that can help control high blood sugar for up to 24 hours in adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Levemir® can be dosed once or twice daily and is the first and only long-acting insulin analog that has been approved for use in children with type 1 diabetes as young as 2 years of age. Levemir® is also the first and only man-made long-acting insulin to receive a Pregnancy Category B classification. Levemir® is available in 10 mL vials, and in FlexTouch®. Levemir® FlexTouch® is the first prefilled insulin pen with no push-button extension and is covered by most health insurance plans and Medicare part D plans. Ask your doctor if Levemir® FlexTouch® is right for you. For more information on Levemir® FlexTouch® and a money-saving offer, please visit

What is Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection)?

  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

See Levemir® Prescribing Information.

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