What is Levemir?

Levemir is an injectable insulin drug that is used to treat patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This drug, also known as insulin detemir, is produced by a pharmaceutical company called Novo Nordisk. This man-made insulin drug is classified as a long-acting insulin. When you inject insulin detemir under the skin, it takes a few hours to start working and can last up to 24 hours. If you are allergic to insulin detemir or any other ingredient of Levemir, you should not take this drug. It is commonly prescribed together with a short-acting insulin. However, inject the 2 insulin drugs separately.

How to inject

Levemir is supposed to be injected subcutaneously using a syringe. Your doctor will show you how to safely administer this insulin drug at home. In case you don’t understand how to give yourself an injection, you should not take this medication. Rotate the injection site every time you take a new dose. Only use the injection pen that comes with insulin detemir.

Levemir FlexPen storage temperature instructions

Unopened Levemir FlexPen should be stored inside a refrigerator at temperatures between 2°C to 8°C or 36°F to 46°F. You should not keep the unopened FlexPen inside a freezer. In case this medication is frozen, do not use it. Make sure you keep the unopened Levemir FlexPen inside the carton to protect it from direct sunlight and heat. Once in use, store at room temperature below 30°C or 86°F and do not refrigerate. After 42 days, you should dispose of your Levemir FlexPen, even if there is still insulin inside of it.

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