What is insulin detemir?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Levemir FlexPen Levemir

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See also: Levemir

Insulin detemir is a generic form of insulin that can be sold under numerous brand names. It is used to lower blood sugar in patients with diabetes. Insulin detemir is considered to be a long acting form of insulin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Diabetes type 2 99 32
Diabetes type 1 27 6
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 4 1
Diabetic neuropathy 2 1
Balance problems 1 1

Show all 11 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 6
None 34

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with insulin detemir

Side effect Patients
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 3
Bruising 1
Injection site bruising 1
Injection site redness 1
Occasional weight gain 1
Weight loss 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking insulin detemir

Dosage Patients
100 units twice daily 6
3.5 intl units twice daily 1
13 units daily 1
25 mL daily 1
25 units daily 1
35 units daily 1
20 units twice daily 1
40 mL daily 1
50 units daily 1
70 units daily 1

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking insulin detemir

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 5
Other 5
Did not seem to work 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 13 patients who've stopped taking insulin detemir

Duration

Currently taking insulin detemir

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking insulin detemir

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 9
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 3
< $25 11
Not specified 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking insulin detemir after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 7
Metformin (Glucophage) 2
Exenatide (Byetta) 1
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 1
Glipizide (Glipizide ER) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking insulin detemir and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Insulin degludec (Tresiba) 3
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 2
Insulin Glulisine (Apidra) 1
Insulin NPH (Novolin N) 1
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1 patient evaluation for insulin detemir

May 29, 2009 (Started Apr 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for diabetes type 2)
  • Side effects
    Mild (injection site bruising)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: injection site bruising

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