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When and How to Take Levemir

General considerations for when and how to take Levemir include the following:
 
  • This diabetes medication comes in injectable form. It is injected just under the skin (subcutaneously) once or twice a day.
     
  • Levemir comes in vials or in a pen device (the FlexPen® and FlexTouch® pen). To use the pens, you will need specific types of needles known as "pen needles." Each time you inject Levemir, you need to use a new needle. To use Levemir from the vial, you will need insulin syringes (with needles).
     
  • Your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject Levemir. It can be injected into the skin and fat layer of the abdomen (stomach), upper arm, or thigh. Choose one of these three areas, and rotate injection sites within your chosen area (but do not rotate between different areas, as Levemir may be absorbed differently from various areas).
     
  • Because Levemir is a solution, not a suspension, you don't need to shake or swirl it.
     
  • Never mix Levemir with any other insulin in the same syringe.
     
  • For this diabetes drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it. Make sure to monitor your blood sugar levels as your healthcare provider recommends.

 

Dosing Information

The dose of Levemir your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your current dose of other insulins
  • Your weight
  • How you respond to Levemir (especially as measured by your blood sugar levels)
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Levemir Dosage for more information.)
 
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