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Insulin Detemir

Drug Interactions

Insulin detemir can potentially interact with a number of other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Insulin Detemir).

What If I Take an Overdose of Insulin Detemir?

People who take too much insulin detemir (or any other insulin) may experience symptoms such as:
  • Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia)
  • Fainting
  • Shakiness
  • A fast heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Loss of life.
If you happen to take overdose on this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Levemir Overdose for more information.)

How Should This Medicine Be Stored?

Unopened insulin detemir vials and pen devices should be stored in the refrigerator. It is best to keep the vials refrigerated once they are opened, although they may be kept at room temperature (less than 86°F).
Once you start using a pen device, you must not keep it in the refrigerator. Both the vials and the pen device are good for up to 42 days once they are opened, after which you must discard any unused portion.

Clinical Effects

Studies have shown that once- or twice-daily insulin detemir works similarly to once- or twice-daily NPH insulin (an intermediate-acting insulin) in adults and children with type 1 diabetes and in adults with type 2 diabetes. Studies have also shown that twice-daily insulin detemir works similarly to once-daily insulin glargine (Lantus®), a long-acting insulin, in adults with type 1 diabetes.
More importantly, studies suggest that people may gain less weight with insulin detemir, compared to those using Lantus or NPH insulin, although further research is necessary to confirm these findings.
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