How do you take Levemir insulin?

Patients treated with LEVEMIR® once-daily should administer the dose with the evening meal or at bedtime. Patients who require twice-daily dosing can administer the evening dose with the evening meal, at bedtime, or 12 hours after the morning dose. The dose of LEVEMIR® must be individualized based on clinical response.

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.

How much Levemir should I take at night?

Starting adult patients on Levemir. Starting dose: When initiating Levemir®, start insulin-naïve patients with type 2 diabetes on 10 units once-dailya dosage or 0.1 to 0.2 units/kg daily dosage with the evening meal or at bedtime and titrate accordingly.

How long does it take for Levemir to kick in?

How long does it take for Levemir (insulin detemir) to start working? 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.

Should Levemir be taken twice a day?

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.

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.

Does Levemir last 12 hours?

Levemir’s effects usually last for 24 hours. But some people may notice that their blood sugar levels start to increase shortly before their next dose of Levemir is due. Splitting once-daily Levemir dosing into twice-daily dosing may help to keep a more consistent amount of the drug in your body.

Is it better to take insulin in the morning or at night?

Ideally, basal insulin should produce at most a 30 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) change when blood sugar levels are stable and in your target range during sleep times. That’s why your healthcare provider will most likely advise you to inject basal insulin at night, preferably before bedtime.

How much insulin should I take if my blood sugar is 400?

Theoretically, to reduce 400 mg/dL blood sugar to about 100 mg/dL, you would need at least 10 units of insulin. However, depending on your weight and other factors, a higher dose of insulin is almost always required.

How many hours does Levemir last?

insulin detemir (Levemir), lasts 18 to 23 hours. insulin glargine (Toujeo), lasts more than 24 hours. insulin degludec (Tresiba), lasts up to 42 hours.

How do you know when a levemir Flexpen is empty?

Push the injection button until you see 0 in the dose window. You should see a drop or stream of insulin at the end of the needle. This means the pen is ready to use. Repeat steps 7 and 8 one or two more times if you need to, until you see a drop of insulin.

Can you take Levemir and Humalog together?

Interactions between your drugs

No interactions were found between Humalog and Levemir. However, this does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult your healthcare provider.

What happens if you take too much Levemir?

Levemir Overdose

If you administer too much Levemir, your blood sugar may fall low (hypoglycemia). You can treat mild low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) by drinking or eating something sugary right away (fruit juice, sugar candies, or glucose tablets).

Do you have to refrigerate levemir FlexPen?

After initial use, the LEVEMIR® FlexTouch® must NOT be stored in a refrigerator and must NOT be stored with the needle in place. Keep the opened (in use) LEVEMIR® FlexTouch® away from direct heat and light at room temperature, below 30°C (86°F).

What happens if insulin is taken after food?

You’ll need to fine-tune your dose and schedule until you find one that works best. Research shows that the best time to take a mealtime insulin is 15 to 20 minutes before you eat a meal. You can also take it after your meal, but this may put you at a higher risk of a hypoglycemic episode.