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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 ...
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
It is recommended you attend a diabetes education program
to understand diabetes and all the important aspects of its treatment,
Isn’t it funny when a mistake leads you to discover something beneficial? I had this happen to me last week and thought I’d share, so other can benefit from my “mistake”. (Note: My doctor has given me the green light to make these changes to my dosing without his consultation. Please check with your doctor before changing the timing or dosing of your insulin.)
Typically I give myself two injections of Lantus daily: one at bedtime (usually around 10:00 p.m.) and another with breakfast (between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m.) One morning, I realized I forgot my morning Lantus dose and ended up giving it to myself at 10:30 a.m. Later that day, I noticed the Dexcom didn’t show the gradual rise of my blood sugar in the late afternoon to early evening period that I was getting used to seeing. Maybe the timing of the Lantus dose had something to do with it?
I decided to test the theory and try giving the second daily do...
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