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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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Starting on Insulin

As you know, diabetes is a condition that changes over time. You’re probably already doing a lot to manage your diabetes, like making healthy food choices, exercising more, and taking your medication as prescribed. If your blood sugar is still not under control, insulin therapy may be right for you. The truth is, most people with type 2 diabetes may need to take insulin at some point in their lives. This is a natural progression of diabetes. Although you can’t always control it, you can control the next step you take.

When you need insulin to help manage your diabetes, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t been doing everything right. You may even have been controlling your blood sugar without insulin until now. It’s important to remember that while some factors of diabetes are under your control, some are not. Remember, diabetes is a progressive condition—it changes as you age.

Fortunately, there are treatments available that can address your needs as your diabetes changes. Experts from 2 major diabetes associations—the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)— together have provided general recommendations for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The chart below shows one possible stepwise approach supported by these experts.

You should know that the time between these steps can sometimes be long or very short. And not everyone will go through every step. In addition, your doctor may recommend medications not listed in this chart as part of an individualized diabetes treatment regimen. Only you and your doctor can decide if insulin is right for you.

Working insulin therapy into your life

Many people with diabetes are concerned at first about taking insulin. The good news is that, for most people with type 2 diabetes, insulin therapy can be added once per day to the medicine you’re already taking. As a result of advances in insulin delivery, Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection) is available in the FlexPen®, a prefilled insulin pen that is ready to use in just a few steps. Levemir® FlexPen® uses NovoTwist® needles, which are the thinnest needles available from Novo Nordisk.*†

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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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