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Drug information on Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen] (Insulin Detemir) from Novo Nordisk Pharma India Ltd.

Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen]

Novo Nordisk Pharma India Ltd.
Generic : Insulin Detemir

Drug Name : Insulin Detemir

Insulin Detemir(Levemir Flexpen) generic Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen] is a long-acting form of the hormone insulin, prescribed for diabetes in patients with need of insulin to control their diabetes. It is a long-acting insulin. It helps to control the levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It works by helping move sugar from the blood into other body tissues where it is used for energy. It also stops the liver from producing more sugar.
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Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on February, 2, 2017
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Medical Condition(s) for which Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen] may be prescribed

Side effects of Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen]

  Central Nervous System: Headache, neuropathy, seizure and sensory disturbances.

  Skin: Inflammation of injection site, itching, rash and skin disorder.

  Eye and ENT: Blurred vision and inflammation of nasopharynx.

  Gastrointestinal: Abdominal pain, diarrhea and nausea.

  Genitourinary: Urinary tract infection.

  Hypersensitivity: Hypersensitivity reaction (including anaphylaxis, angioedema, fast pulse, hypotension, rash, shortness of breath, sweating) and insulin antibody production.

  Lab-tests: Elevated alkaline phosphatase.

  Metabolic: Low blood sugar, low potassium level and weight gain.

  Respiratory: Upper respiratory tract infection.

  Miscellaneous: Accidental injury, chest pain, absent reflexes, influenza and swelling in the extremities.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications)

SC- In insulin-native patients with type 2 diabetes who are not well controlled on oral antidiabetic drugs: Initial- 0.1-0.2 u/kg once daily in the evening or 10 u 1-2 times/day, adjust subsequently based on glucose control. In patients on basal insulin only: May substitute with insulin detemir on a unit-for-unit basis based on the current basal insulin dosage; adjust subsequently to achieve glucose targets.

How to use Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen]?

It comes as a solution for injection, administered subcutaneously (under the skin) by your healthcare provider, either 1 time or 2 times a day.

When is Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen] not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Do not admin by intravenous, intramuscular or via insulin infusion pump. Hypersensitivity to any component.

Warnings and Precautions for Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen]

It may affect liver or kidney functions.

• Regular monitoring of blood glucose and HbA1c.

• Continuous rotation of the injection site within a given area to reduce injection site reactions (allergic reactions that result in cutaneous necrosis).

• Inform your doctor about your pregnancy and lactation.

Patient may develop hypoglycemia. In such case dose reduction is needed.

Other Precautions for Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen]

It is not to be used in insulin infusion pumps.

Storage Conditions for Levemir flexpen® [FlexPen]

Subcutaneous: Unopened preparation: Store between 2-8°C (36-46°F). Do not freeze.

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