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 77 23
Diabetes Type 1 24 4
Diabetes Mellitus 8 2
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 4 1
Diabetic Neuropathy 2 1
Balance problems 1 1

Show all 12 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 4
None 24

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with insulin detemir

Side effect Patients
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 2
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
20 units daily 2
50 units daily 2
5 units daily 1
10 units twice daily 1
22 units daily 1
25 intl units daily 1
25 units daily 1
50 mg daily 1
60 mg daily 1
32 units twice daily 1

See all 18 dosages

Why patients stopped taking insulin detemir

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 5
Doctor's advice 4
Did not seem to work 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
See all 12 patients who’ve stopped taking insulin detemir

Duration

Currently taking insulin detemir

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking insulin detemir

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 21
Usually 6
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 8
Not specified 17

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking insulin detemir after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Insulin Glargine (Lantus) 2
Glimepiride (Amaryl) 1
Insulin Aspart (Novolog) 1
Insulin NPH (Humulin N) 1

Patients stopped taking insulin detemir and switched to:

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

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Sex: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I have:
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See MSgator's full insulin detemir history

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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