Starting on Levemir® may be the right step in your diabetes treatment plan
Millions of people with diabetes use insulin therapy to help control their blood sugar. If you have type 2 diabetes, other medicines you are taking may not be getting you to goal and may only last for part of the day.
Levemir® can be taken with other prescribed diabetes medicines. Adding Levemir® as a treatment can help keep your blood sugar within your target range for up to 24 hours. Your health care provider may have given you a prescription for Levemir® to help you reach your blood sugar goal.
Dosing and tracking your blood sugar
When you are starting on Levemir®, your health care provider will tell you what dose is right for you and how many times to take Levemir® each day. As with all insulins, you may need to adjust your dose depending on your blood sugar levels. Please consult your health care provider before making any adjustments to your dose.
Download a free Blood Sugar Diary
Novo Nordisk offers a Blood Sugar Diary to help you track your blood sugar readings over time. With this information, you and your health care provider can make better decisions about your diabetes treatment plan.
Injecting with Levemir® FlexTouch®
You may have concerns about adding an injectable medicine to your daily routine. But it’s important to realize the positive effect it may have on the management of your diabetes. Once you gain a little practice, Levemir® injections will become part of your daily routine.
If you were given instructions from your health care provider on how to use Levemir® FlexTouch® and you have read the Instructions for Use in the Patient Information, you may be ready for your first injection.
Check your insulin type
Read the label to check you have the right insulin. Make sure the insulin is clear and colorless.
Attach a new needle
Pull off the paper tab. Push and twist the needle on until it is tight. Pull off both needle caps.
Prime your pen
Turn the dose selector to select 2 units. Press and hold the dose button. Make sure a drop appears.
Give your injection
Select your dose
Turn the dose selector to select the number of units you need to inject.
Give your injection
Wipe the skin with an alcohol swap. Let the injection site dry before you inject your dose. Insert the needle. Press and hold the dose button. After the dose counter reaches 0, slowly count to 6.a
Remove the needle
Carefully remove the needle and place it in a sharps container. Replace the pen cap.
aPlease note that if the needle is removed before the 6-second count is completed after the dose counter returns to “0,” then underdosing may occur by as much as 20%, resulting in the need for increasing the frequency of checking blood sugar and possible additional insulin administration.
Levemir® can be injected in the thigh, abdomen, or upper arm. It’s important to change the injection site within your injection area each time you inject and not inject into the exact same spot each time.
Rotating where you inject allows your body to absorb the insulin and can help to prevent skin changes such as thickening or pitting, known as lipodystrophy.
Your health care provider can show you how to inject Levemir® before you start taking it.
Needles for your insulin pen
Levemir® FlexTouch® can be used with NovoFine® or NovoTwist® disposable needles.
NovoTwist®, NovoFine® Plus, and NovoFine® 32G Tip needles:
- Novo Nordisk’s thinnest and shortest needles available
- Designed to enhance flow rates and reduce dosage force
Needles are sold separately and may require a prescription in some states.
Or, if you prefer the traditional way of taking insulin with a vial and syringe, Levemir® is also available in 10-mL vials from your pharmacy.