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Levemir® FlexPen®

> Can be used by children as young as 2 years old with type 1 diabetes
> Is Pregnancy Category B
> Can be used in combination with a GLP-1 therapy and diabetes pill

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When Is Insulin an Appropriate Choice?

To help control blood sugar, people with diabetes should maintain a healthy diet and be physically active. If you have been having problems getting to your blood sugar goal, your doctor may suggest insulin therapy. Insulin therapy helps keep your blood sugar levels in the right range. The kind of insulin therapy you need may depend upon your diabetes type, your schedule, and other health conditions.

Why control blood sugar levels?

With diabetes, your blood sugar levels may go up and down throughout the day and night. Your doctor may have told you how important it is to keep your blood sugar within a certain range. High blood sugar levels can result in serious health problems. Low blood sugar levels, or hypoglycemia, can lead to shakiness or fainting.

Staying close to your blood sugar goal and testing frequently can help prevent the long-term health problems associated with diabetes. It can be challenging at times to keep your blood sugar within range. Things that you’re probably already doing, such as maintaining a nutritious diet and exercising regularly, are helpful for controlling blood sugar. When you need tighter control, insulin therapy may help you get to your blood sugar goal.

Long-acting insulin therapy

A long-acting basal insulin therapy like Levemir® FlexPen® can help you lower your blood sugar levels and get to your goal. For people with type 2 diabetes, one dose before bedtime helps keep their blood sugar level consistent throughout the day and night, for up to 24 hours. This can keep your blood sugar levels from getting too high and causing serious health issues.

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What are the possible side effects of Levemir®?

• Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.

• Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, and weight gain.

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