Reprinted with permission from Amy Tenderich of www.diabetesmine.com . Another larger-than-life Diabetes Marketing War , this time without the romantic names: I wrote a post introducing the first-ever competitor to Sanofi-Aventis' long-acting insulin, Lantus. The new product is called Levemir , from Novo Nordisk. What I missed more recently was that things turned ugly back in March. Sanofi filed suit against Novo Nordisk in a New Jersey U.S. District Court claiming that Novo was falsely promoting their drug as effective for 24 hours, which Sanofi claims is not true. The case was dropped on June 23 for lack of evidence, so Novo can go on making its long-lasting efficacy claim. Who's right here? Who knows? Novo's studies do seem to confirm its other two points of differentiation: that Levemir is well-absorbed by patients and causes less weight gain. Meanwhile a report released at the recent ADA Conference shows that a once-a-day dose of Lantus and Levemir have similar effects ...
During my outpatient clinic last week, I was queried about the “untethered regimen” in which the person with diabetes uses both Lantus and the insulin pump. I have heard Dr. Steven Edelman (an adult endocrinologist and person with type 1 diabetes) talk about this regimen in person and in a diabetes conference.
What is it? The “untethered regimen” is such that Lantus is given as an injection to provide approximately 75 percent of basal insulin with the remainder (25 percent) given by the pump. The pump continues to provide bolus insulin for correction and carbohydrates. Generally, most diabetes healthcare providers recommend either insulin pump therapy OR multiple daily injections with Lantus once (or occasionally twice daily) or Levemir (twice daily or occasionally once daily) along with rapid acting insulin for boluses to avoid confusion. Most feel that it is hard enough using one regimen rather than making one’s insulin regimen even more complicated by ...
Generic Name: INSULIN DETEMIR - INJECTION Pronounced: (IN-sue-lin DET-a-meer) Levemir SubQ Overdose
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison
control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US
national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their
local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include
headache, sweating, shakiness, increased hunger, vision changes, nervousness,
tiredness, seizures, loss of consciousness.
Levemir SubQ Missed Dose
It is very important to follow your insulin regimen
exactly. Do not miss any doses of insulin. Discuss specific instructions with
your doctor now in case you miss a dose of insulin in the
Levemir SubQ Notes
Do not share this medication, needles, or syringes with
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to understand diabetes and all the important aspects of its treatment,
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