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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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Your blood sugar level and diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where your blood sugar level can be higher than normal. When you have diabetes:

Controlling your blood sugar is essential for managing diabetes

As a result, sugar can’t get into your cells, so it stays in your blood. This causes your blood sugar to stay too high (also called hyperglycemia).

Both high and low blood sugar can result in serious complications. That’s why controlling your blood sugar level is an essential part of managing your diabetes.

Follow your doctor’s recommendation about the best time of day to check your blood sugar. Once you get a little practice checking your blood sugar, it will become part of your routine.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

If you have diabetes you may have some or all of these symptoms:

You may also have problems with:

Or you may have no symptoms at all.

What are the types of diabetes?

Your health care provider may have spoken with you about your type of diabetes, but you may not know about the other types.

What causes type 2 diabetes?

No one knows the exact cause of type 2 diabetes. However, certain risk factors—such as being overweight, older, having a family history of type 2 diabetes, or having a lifestyle that doesn’t include staying active—may increase a person’s chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

See how diabetes affects your body

Treating type 2 diabetes

Every person with diabetes is different. You and your diabetes care team may be able to work together to manage your condition in the following ways:

Even if you have been managing your diabetes well, there may come a time when you need to add insulin to your treatment plan. Moving to insulin is not a sign of failure. The truth is, many 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.

See if insulin is right for you

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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