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Selected Important Safety Information

Who should not take Levemir®?

Do not take Levemir® if:

  • You have an allergy to Levemir® or any of the ingredients in Levemir®.

How should I take Levemir®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes. You may give or get an infection from another person.
  • Never inject Levemir® into a vein or muscle.
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See how Levemir® can help your body control blood sugar levels day and night

When you have diabetes, your body may not be making enough insulin to control your blood sugar or may prevent the insulin you do make from working correctly. Levemir® is a man-made insulin that can help provide the insulin your body needs between meals and while you’re sleeping.

As a long-acting (or basal) insulin, Levemir® provides blood sugar control for up to 24 hours and lowers your A1C.

Levemir® works with other diabetes medicines

Diabetes care starts with a good diet and exercise plan and may include a treatment option that is right for you. This treatment may include taking insulin, or a combination of insulin and other medicine.

Levemir® long-acting insulin can be taken with other diabetes medicines, such as:

Talk to your health care provider about other medicines you take, as they may affect your Levemir® dose.

There’s no better day than today to ask your doctor about Levemir®

Use our Doctor Discussion Guide at your next appointment

What is Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection)?

Important Safety Information

Who should not take Levemir®?

Do not take Levemir® if:

Before taking Levemir®, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions including, if you are:

Talk to your health care provider about how to manage low blood sugar.

How should I take Levemir®?

What should I avoid while taking Levemir®?

What are the possible side effects of Levemir®?

Serious side effects can lead to death, including:

Low blood sugar. Some signs and symptoms include:

Your insulin dose may need to change because of:

Other common side effects may include:

Get emergency medical help if you have:

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Levemir® is a prescription medication.

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