How Does Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) Work?
Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) is a long-acting insulin
Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) is used to treat both type 1
and type 2 diabetes. As an insulin therapy that helps control blood sugar levels
between meals and while you sleep, Levemir® is a long-acting
In people without diabetes, long-acting insulin, or basal insulin is produced by
the pancreas in a steady amount, day and night. This
keeps blood sugar within a normal range overnight and between meals. With diabetes,
your pancreas does not make enough insulin to control your blood sugar. As a long-acting
insulin, Levemir® helps control your blood sugar for up to 24 hours.
Some people may take Levemir® by itself, while others may take Levemir® along with
other diabetes medicines or with a fast-acting, or bolus insulin.
Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) in combination with other diabetes
When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor may prescribe meal planning,
exercise, and diabetes pills to help control your blood sugar levels. However, diabetes
pills sometimes stop working after a few months or years. This may be due to the
way diabetes pills work, or to your diabetes changing over time. When you need more
control over your blood sugar levels, your doctor may recommend combination therapy
with diabetes pills and Levemir®. Your doctor may also recommend a diabetes pill and GLP-1 therapy to use in combination with Levemir®.
Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) in combination with a fast-acting
People who take Levemir® may also take a fast- or rapid-acting
insulin. In people
without diabetes, fast-acting insulin is released
in quick bursts after a meal to cover the blood sugar that is produced when food
is digested. Fast-acting and long-lasting insulins work together to control blood
Taking a long-acting insulin such as Levemir® and a fast-acting insulin is called
"basal-bolus therapy." Basal-bolus therapy is useful for people with diabetes who
need more control over their blood sugar levels.