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Levemir Vs Lantus

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Last Updated: 16 September 2020

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Insulin is a necessary hormone that is produced by the pancreas in the body to help utilize glucose, or sugars, for energy. People with diabetes produce very little or no insulin at all. Therefore, Insulin is needed to convert sugars for energy and prevent complications in kidneys and blood vessels. Levemir and LANTUS are two insulins that are used to treat high blood sugar levels in those with diabetes. Both Insulins are long - acting injectables that can be given daily to maintain and control high blood sugar levels. Both Levemir and LANTUS work in very similar ways. However, there are few differences between them. * Prescription Savings vary by prescription and by pharmacy, and may reach up to 80% of cash price. Pharmacy names, logos, brands, and other trademarks are property of their respective owners. This article is not medical advice. It is intended for general information purposes and is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your physician or dial 911.

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Use

Both Levemir and Lantus are given through injection in the same way. You can give injections to yourself or have someone you know give them to you. Injection should go under your skin. Never inject these drugs in vein or muscle. It is important to rotate injection sites around your abdomen, upper legs, and upper arms. Doing so helps you avoid lipodystrophy at injection sites. You shouldnt use either drug with insulin pump. Doing so can result in severe hypoglycemia. This can be a life - threatening complication. Your initial dose of either drug depends on the specifics of your diabetes. The solution for injection for Levemir and Lantus is 100 units / mL. Both are available in 10 - mL vials. Theyre also available in 3 - mL injection devices. The solution is clear and colorless. Injection devices are more convenient because the solution is already in the device that injects it. The device also has clear numeric marks that help make incorrect dosing less likely. The rate at which Levemir is absorbed into your body depends on your dose. It also depends on whether you take your daily dose all at once or at two different times. Levemir generally reaches peak concentration in your blood six to eight hours after you take it. The concentration of Levemir in your blood can remain close to peak levels for up to 24 hours. On other hand, Lantus has no clear peak. It absorbs into your body more slowly and steadily than Levemir. It maintains fairly constant concentration for about 24 hours. That say, absorption of either product may vary. It is important for you to check your blood sugar level regularly.

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Dosage

Levemir and Lantus are both long - acting injectable insulins that can be used for long - term management of diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that is naturally produced in the body by the pancreas. It helps convert glucose in your bloodstream into energy. This energy is then distributed to cells throughout your body. With diabetes, your pancreas produces little or no insulin or your body is unable to use insulin correctly. Without insulin, your body ca use sugars in your blood and can become starve for energy. Excess sugar in your blood can also damage different parts of your body, including your blood vessels and kidneys. Everyone with type 1 diabetes and many people with type 2 diabetes must use insulin to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Levemir is a solution of insulin detemir, and Lantus is a solution of insulin glargine. Insulin glargine is also available as brand Toujeo. Both insulin detemir and insulin glargine are basal insulin formulas. That means that they work slowly to lower your blood sugar levels. Theyre both absorbed into your body over a 24 - hour period. They keep blood sugar levels lower for longer than short - acting insulin does Although formulations are slightly different, Levemir and Lantus are very similar drugs. There are only a few differences between them.

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Side effects

Serious side effects from Lantus are common, but they can occur. Call your doctor right away if you have serious side effects. Call 911 if your symptoms feel life - threatening or if you think you having a medical emergency. Serious side effects and their symptoms can include the following: Severe hypoglycemia. Symptoms can include: drowsiness, headache, anxiety, confusion, hunger, irritable mood, sweating fast heartbeat, seizures, severe allergic reaction. Symptoms can include: rash covering most or all of your body, sweating, trouble breathing, swelling of your tongue, mouth, or throat Hypokalemia. Symptoms can include: weakness, fatigue, muscle cramping, abnormal heart rhythm, paralysis respiratory failure.


What is Lantus?

The Food and Drug Administration has approved both Lantus and Levemir to improve blood sugar levels in children and adults with type 1 diabetes. Lantus is approved for children aged 6 years and older with type 1 diabetes. Levemir is approved for children aged 2 years and older with type 1 diabetes. Lantus is approved to treat adults with type 2 diabetes. Levemir is approved to treat both children and adults with type 2 diabetes. Lantus and Levemir are both long - acting insulins. This means that they work the same way in the body. They both help control blood sugar levels for up to 24 hours or longer. Lantus contains the drug insulin glargine. Levemir contains the drug insulin detemir.

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Levemir

Levemir is a brand - name prescription medication. It is used to lower blood sugar levels in: adults and children aged 2 years old and older with type 1 diabetes adults with type 2 diabetes. Levemir has not been studied in children younger than 2 years of age with type 1 diabetes. It also hasnt been studied in any children younger than 18 years of age with type 2 diabetes. Levemir contains the drug insulin detemir, which is long - acting insulin. Levemir is given as subcutaneous injection. Youll give yourself injections either once or twice a day based on your doctor or pharmacist's direction. Levemir came as a solution. The solution is available in two forms: vial and prefilled pen. A vial contains 10 milliliters of drug solution, with 100 Units of insulin detemir per mL. It is used with a needle for injection. Needles are sold separately and may require prescription in certain states. The pen is called FlexTouch pen. Each pen contains 3 mL of drug solution, with 100 Units of insulin detemir per mL.


Costs

Levemir and Lantus are both brand - name drugs. There is currently no generic version of Levemir or Lantus. Brand - name medications usually cost more than generics. There is a biosimilar version of Lantus called Basaglar, which is less expensive than Lantus. A Biosimilar is a medication that is similar to a brand - name drug. Generic medication is an exact copy of a brand - name drug. Both biosimilars and generics are as safe and effective as brand - name drugs theyre trying to copy. According to estimates on goodrx. Com, Levemir is generally more expensive than Lantus. The actual price youll pay for either drug depends on your insurance plan, your location, and the pharmacy you use.


Effectiveness

In clinical studies, adults with type 1 diabetes who took Levemir had their hemoglobin A1c lower by an average of 0. 1% to 0. 8%. In comparison, adults who took either insulin NPH or insulin glargine, long - acting insulin, had their HbA1c lower by an average of 0% to 0. 7%. In clinical studies, adults with type 2 diabetes taking Levemir had their HbA1c lower by an average of 0. 6% to 2%. In comparison, people who take insulin NPH saw a reduction in HbA1c of an average of 0. 6% to 2. 1%. Levemir also lowers fasting blood sugar by an average of 69 mg / dL over 24 weeks. In comparison, people taking insulin NPH had their fasting blood sugar lower by an average of 74 mg / dL. For more information on Levemirs effectiveness, see Levemir uses section.


Side effects and risks

Levemir and Toujeo both contain long - acting insulin. Therefore, they can cause very similar side effects. Below are examples of these side effects. This list contains examples of more common side effects that can occur with both Levemir and Toujeo. Hypoglycemia allergic reaction, injection site reactions, lipodystrophy, weight gain, peripheral edema, upper respiratory infections, such as common cold. These lists contain examples of serious side effects that can occur with Toujeo or with both Levemir and Toujeo. Can occur with Toujeo: hypokalemia, * which can lead to heart rhythm problems. Can occur with both Levemir and Toujeo: severe hypoglycemia severe allergic reaction * Some sources state that all forms of insulin, including insulin detemir, can cause low potassium levels.

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Summary

Lantus and Levemir are two commonly prescribed basal insulins which can help maintain appropriate blood sugar levels. Both insulins work in the same way to provide consistent long - acting effects over the course of a day. Though they are both formulated the same way in vial or prefilled pen, Levemir can be administered once or twice daily while Lantus can only be administered once daily. Levemir is also only approved for adults and children with diabetes over 2 years old, while Lantus is approved for adults and children over 6 years old. Despite these differences, both insulins are equally safe and effective. Both Lantus and Levemir carry similar warnings for hypoglycemia, most common and dangerous adverse effect from using insulin. It is important to regularly monitor blood sugar to ensure that insulin is working and levels are not too high or low. Some medications such as beta blockers may also mask warning signs of hypoglycemia. Therefore, you should discuss these treatment options with your physician to determine the best insulin to use for your diabetes.

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