For Health Care Professionals

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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Educational tools and information to help you stay on track with your diabetes care

Finding a treatment to control your blood sugar is only one part of managing your diabetes. The right tools can help you manage the other pieces of your day-to-day health. The information in this section will help you track your blood sugar and plan your daily meals and exercise routines, or understand ways to help someone you love.


Our free diabetes care program provides helpful e-mails and access to tools that can help you manage your diabetes.

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Tracking blood sugar

Tracking your blood sugar can help you see how your insulin treatment and diabetes care are working.

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Nutrition & exercise

Tips for planning and monitoring your physical activity and the food you eat.

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Caregiver tips

An active partner helping a friend or family member manage their diabetes can be a valuable resource.

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Helpful links

Connect with organizations and communities online who have information to share about diabetes and insulin.

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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:

Please click here for Levemir® Prescribing Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Levemir® is a prescription medication.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

If you need assistance with prescription drug costs, help may be available. Visit or call 1-888-4PPA-NOW.