Storage of Levemir®
How to store Levemir® that has not been opened:
- Unopened Levemir® FlexPen® and Levemir® vials must be kept in the refrigerator at a temperature range between 36° and 46°F (2° and 8°C)
- Do not freeze Levemir® FlexPen® or Levemir® vials or use if frozen
- Keep unopened Levemir® FlexPen® and Levemir® vials in the carton to protect from light
- Unopened Levemir® FlexPen® and Levemir® vials can stay in the refrigerator until they expire. See the expiration date on the box
How to store Levemir® FlexPen® once in use:
- Levemir® FlexPen® must be kept at room temperature, below 86°F (30°C) for up to 42 days
- Do not store Levemir® FlexPen® that you are using in the refrigerator
- Keep Levemir® FlexPen® away from direct heat or sunlight
- Dispose of your used Levemir® FlexPen® after 42 days, even if there is insulin left in it
How to store Levemir® vials once in use:
- Vials must be kept in the refrigerator or at room temperature below 86°F (30°C) for up to 42 days
- Keep vials away from direct heat or light
- Throw away an opened vial after 42 days of use, even if there is insulin left in the vial
- Unopened vials can be used until the expiration date on the Levemir® label if the medicine has been stored in a refrigerator
Tips for traveling with Levemir®
- Levemir® FlexPen® can go almost anywhere, since you can keep it in your pocket, purse, or bag
- If you’re in a warm climate, remember to keep Levemir® FlexPen® out of direct sunlight and at room temperature (below 86°F) once in use
- Bring an extra written prescription from your doctor with you in case you lose Levemir® FlexPen®
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What is Levemir® (insulin detemir [rDNA origin] injection)?
- Levemir® is a man-made insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.
- Levemir® is not meant for use to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.
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®
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®?
- 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.
What should I avoid while taking Levemir®?
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how it affects you.
- Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that contain alcohol.
What are the possible side effects of Levemir®?
Serious side effects can lead to death, including:
Low blood sugar. Some signs and symptoms include:
- anxiety, irritability, mood changes, dizziness, sweating, confusion, and headache.
Your insulin dose may need to change because of:
- change in level of physical activity, weight gain or loss, increased stress, illness, or change in diet.
Other common side effects may include:
- reactions at the injection site, itching, rash, serious allergic reactions (whole body reactions), skin thickening or pits at the injection site (lipodystrophy), weight gain, swelling of your hands and feet and if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure.
Get emergency medical help if you have:
- trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.
Please click here for Levemir® Prescribing Information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Levemir® is a prescription medication.
If you need assistance with prescription drug costs, help may be available. Visit pparx.com or call 1-888-4PPA-NOW.