What Kind Of Insulin Is Levemir

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Levemir (insulin Detemir)

Levemir is a long-acting (basal) insulin analog manufactured by Novo Nordisk. Its generic name is insulin detemir. Levemir is designed to provide 24-hour blood sugar control and to lower the A1C in those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Insulin detemir is created by recombinant DNA technology and is produced by baker’s yeast. It also contains zinc, mannitol, hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide to adjust its pH level, and other chemicals. Levemir was first approved by the FDA in June of 2005. It then received two more approvals in 2012: for use by pregnant women and in children 2 to 5 years old with type 1 diabetes. Levemir starts to work on bringing down your blood sugar levels a few hours after injection. Peak concentration occurs in about six to eight hours after injection. Levemir is designed to keep working for around 24 hours (and to stay at close to peak levels for that amount of time), but some people clear the medication out of their bodies more quickly. As a long-acting insulin, Levemir can be injected either once or twice daily. How quickly your body processes and clears Levemir will determine how often you will need to inject this insulin. When you first start Levemi Continue reading >>

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  1. Lawrence Rosenbaum

    You are probably getting the most expensive type of insulin prescribed, something like lantus. Humulin regular and humulin NPH are much less expensive and can be given in combination twice a day for much less.
    Go to Costco to get it, even if you don’t have a membership. They don’t play games with hiking things up (generally just a fixed amount on all items over wholesale
    Consider ordering the medication from Canada from a reputable company
    Try to get samples from the doctors office
    See if you can get compassionate samples from the drug company

    Go to a free clinic - they may have ways of helping you out.

    On an editorial note, it is absolutely infuriating how the pharmaceutical companies in the US are fleecing people. Insulin used to be only about 30–40 dollars a bottle; now it is much more.

  2. Eve Lampenfeld

    Ask your doctor for the best insulin options that you can afford, and be honest about your cost concerns. Ask him/her about the many new basal insulins that are lowering their co-pay costs to $10 or $25 a month. Also ask for as many sample packs of that insulin as they can provide, and to give you extra units included in your prescription in case you need more.
    Do some research about what your insurance plan costs. If upgrading your insurance plan will save you money in the long term, then it may be worth it to switch plans. Also see the lowest cost insulins in their tier list. Call them with questions.
    Also visit the websites of your insulins and see about the assistance programs they offer.
    Because your blood sugar can rise dangerously in hours without your RX, it is much better to use a cheaper, less effective insulin than none at all.
    If it is an emergency and your blood sugar is rising, head to the emergency room and they you a shot. Unfortunately your insurance/you'll have to pay for this.
    Long term, learning to carb-count and keeping a lower-carb diet and active lifestyle will reduce your need for insulin and save some money, but if your doctor decides you still need it, or you are T1 diabetic, please stay on your prescriptions.
    Moving to a country with socialized medicine would help. :)

    Good luck, and I hope you find a solution.

  3. Ben Gubar

    When I was buying insulin through my pharmacy plan, I was required to pay 50% of the cost. At the time, that was $50 per vial. So the retail price of Humalog was $100. When I was in Canada and needed a vial, a friend took me to WalMart. I found that Humalog was only $38 CAN per vial, and the number of vials allowed was only limited by the stock maintained by the store. So realizing that it was much cheaper to buy my Humalog in Canada, we went to various stores and purchased enough insulin to last a year, an ice chest, and some cooling packs. I had no problem taking it over the border since it was for my personal use.

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