Long Acting Insulin 3 ml. 1 pen. Sold by Shwe Myittar Pharmacy.
Composition and Indication
Levemir is used to treat diabetes in adults, adolescents and children aged 1 year and above.
It contains a long acting insulin detemir. Each milliliter of Levemir has 100 units of insulin detemir. One flexpen contains 3 milliliters which is equal to 300 units of insulin detemir.
Dosage and Precautions
Levemir has a long and steady blood-sugar-lowering action within 3 to 4 hours after injection. Levemir provides up to 24 hours of basal insulin coverage.
Pay attention to special warnings and precautions, including the risks of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders, kidney and liver diseases and potential interactions with other medications.
Undesirable Effects and Drug Interactions
While using Levemir, you may experience certain side effects. These can include hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), vision problems,skin changes at injection sites, signs of allergy (redness, swelling, itching), peripheral neuropathy (pain due to nerve damage), and swollen joints.
It's important to be aware of the potential for interactions with other medications. Other oral antidiabetic medications, MAOI, beta blockers, ACEI, acetylsalicylic acid, anabolic steroids, and sulphonamides may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), whereas oral contraceptives, thiazides, glucocorticoids, thyroid hormone therapy, sympathomimetics, growth hormone, and danazol may cause hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Octreotide and lanreotide may either increase or decrease blood sugar level. Beta-blockers can potentially diminish or completely mask the initial warning signs that help you recognize low blood sugar levels.
In some cases, patients with long-standing diabetes and heart disease or a previous stroke may develop heart failure when pioglitazone is combined with insulin. If you experience symptoms like unusual shortness of breath, rapid weight gain, or localized swelling (edema), it is crucial to inform your doctor promptly.
For unused Levemir FlexPen, store them in a refrigerator between 2°C and 8°C, ensuring they are not placed in or too close to the freezer section or cooling element.
Levemir FlexPen that is being used or carried as a spare should be stored below 30°C or in a refrigerator between 2°C and 8°C.
Make sure the Levemir FlexPen does not freeze or come into contact with excessive heat or light. To protect it from light, always keep the pen cap on when the pen is not in use.
Currently, there are no alternative medications available in Myanmar that contain insulin detemir.
For More Information
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The information above was sourced from Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of the product. It was verified by Dr. Khine Khine Zaw in May 2023.