AskNadia: Levemir Insulin Versus Lantus

Dear Nadia, I would like to know, if I normally use Levemir pen insulin, and I run out before my health insurance kicks in, can I use Lantus insulin until I can get coverage for my Levemir ? Rita U Dear Rita: Levemir and Lantus are similar insulins.  Our advisory board member Jane Jeffrie Seley, DNP MSN MPH RN GNP BC-ADM CDE CDTC suggests that

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Diabetes Health Type 1: When Your Doctor’s Office Makes Mistakes

I have a concern. I switched doctor’s offices this year because my insurance company didn’t cover much at the healthcare provider I was visiting. While the bills got better (thank goodness!), and the people couldn’t be nicer, some things didn’t improve. I found that they were making a lot of mistakes, pretty important ones! I always bring my medication list with me when I visit

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AskNadia: Does Levemir Last Longer Than Lantus

Dear Nadia: Which lasts longer: Levemir or Lantus? Kabir Dear Kabir: Although many people have asked this question, the answer depends on indirect comparisons from studies that compared insulin detemir (Levemir) from Novo Nordisk and insulin glargine (Lantus) from Sanofi. The two are basal insulins designed to provide a constant background level of insulin throughout an extended period, in both cases, 24 hours. They are

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AskNadia: Skin Reaction to Levemir Insulin

Dear Nadia, I injected Levemir insulin and now I have a ball. Is that normal? It itches as well. Michelle Dear Michelle, Skin reactions to insulin injection are not new. Since the advent of insulin in 1922, people taking injections who experience adverse reactions was once estimated at 50%.  This is believed to be a result of agents like zinc that was used to manufacture

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Novo Nordisk Introduces New Insulin Device to U.S. Market

Novo Nordisk has introduced the Levemir® FlexTouch® prefilled insulin delivery device to the U.S. market. The device, filled with insulin detemir [rDNA origin], the first of its kind that does not use a pushbutton extension. In a conventional insulin delivery device, a pushbutton extends out from the device. If the called-for dose is large, an extension may cause problems for the user. In the FlexTouch,

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New Type 2 Drugs Change Treatment Decisions

Metformin, the cornerstone in treating type 2 diabetes, saw an increase in usage among type 2s from 23 percent of that population in 1997 to 53 percent in 2012. But that increase has since plateaued due to the introduction of additional drugs that target insulin secretion and glucose regulation. DPP-4 inhibitors, such as Januvia and Onglyza, now account for 21 percent of treatments. Long-acting insulins,

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Lantus and Levemir: What’s the Difference?

Lantus and Levemir have a lot in common. Both are basal insulin formulas, which means that they last for a long time in the body and act as background insulin, with a slow feed that mimics the constant low output of insulin produced by a healthy pancreas. Both are insulin analogues, which means that their insulin molecules are analogous to human insulin, but engineered, or

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Type 1: FDA OKs Levemir for Two- to Five-Year-Olds

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Novo Nordisk’s Levemir basal insulin for type 1 children aged two to five years. The FDA decision makes Levemir (insulin detemir [rDNA origin]) the only basal insulin approved for use in this age group.Levemir, introduced to the US market in 2006, was previously approved for older children and adults with type 1 diabetes, as

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