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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Caregivers can be active partners in managing diabetes

Consider meal plans

Preparing a diabetes-friendly meal can be hard for some people with diabetes. Help your loved one make food choices that include a balanced mix of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Assist them with carefully measuring out their portion sizes, based on food exchange rates. And have them go with you to talk to a nutritionist or dietician if their meals are leaving them hungry or unsatisfied.

Caregivers can be active partners in managing diabetes

Keep a travel checklist handy

Your loved one may forget important supplies on overnight or vacation trips. Remind them or help them to pack:

Help communicate with doctors

Visits to the doctor can be stressful for your loved one. When you go along you can help your loved one feel more at ease and make the appointment more productive.

Ask the doctor to repeat anything that seems unclear to either of you. Remember beforehand to write down questions and concerns that you have about your loved one’s health problems or their treatment with Levemir®.

Use one of our Doctor Discussion Guides

Other ways you can help

Caregivers can be active partners in managing diabetes
See our FAQs for answers to other concerns you may have

Get more tools and tips to help a loved one manage their diabetes

Learn about the free resources available from Cornerstones4Care®

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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