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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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Talking to Your Doctor About Insulin

Having a good relationship with your doctor is very important. Your doctor is your partner in diabetes care. He or she can help you manage your diabetes so you can stay as healthy as possible.

Discussing your insulin therapy

Every person with diabetes has their own unique experience with their condition. This includes a different medical history and different risk factors. Your insulin therapy should fit your own personal needs. When you talk to your doctor, be sure to discuss:

  • Your blood sugar goal. Find out the blood sugar range that you should be trying to reach
  • Your daily schedule. Depending on where you are at different times of the day, you should have an insulin therapy and delivery device that suits your needs
  • Your risk factors. Ask your health care team about any risk factors that may be unique to you

Working with diabetes educators

A diabetes educator can be a nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, podiatrist, or other doctor. Many diabetes educators have also earned the certified diabetes educator (CDE) credential. Diabetes educators help people develop the skills to successfully manage their diabetes by teaching diabetes-friendly lifestyle and behavior.

To locate a diabetes educator near you, you can visit the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Web site and use their Find A Diabetes Educator tool.

Get a helpful doctor discussion guide

To prepare for your visit, you may want to write down questions you have and bring a pen or pencil to write down the answers. You can customize our doctor discussion guide, print it out, and use it during your visit. Go to the doctor discussion guide

Selected Important Safety Information

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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