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
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Perceived effectiveness
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  • 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 3
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with insulin detemir

Side effect Patients
Injection site bruising 1
Injection site redness 1
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 1
Weight loss 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking insulin detemir

Dosage Patients
22 units daily 2
25 units daily 2
50 units daily 2
80 units daily 2
6 units daily 1
10 units daily 1
12 units daily 1
30 units daily 1
35 units daily 1
40 mL 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 11 patients who’ve stopped taking insulin detemir

Duration

Currently taking insulin detemir

Duration Patients
1-3 months 2
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 7
2 years or more 10

Stopped taking insulin detemir

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

Adherence


Always
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19
79%
Usually
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4
17%
Sometimes
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0
0%
Never taken as prescribed
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1
4%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
1
4%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
3
13%
A little hard to take
Patients
8
33%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
12
50%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
4%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
1
4%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
7
29%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
15
63%

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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Last updated:
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