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Generic: insulin detemir
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This drug lowers the amount of sugar in your blood
               



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What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:

Symptoms of low blood sugar:
  • You may feel nervous, confused, dizzy, hungry, weak, sweaty, shaky, cold, and irritable. You may also experience headache, blurred vision, rapid heartbeat and loss of consciousness.

Symptoms of high blood sugar:

  • You may experience dizziness, dry mouth, dry skin, fruity breath, loss of appetite, nausea, stomach ache, unusual thirst, frequent urination

Insulin also can cause rare but serious allergic reactions in some patients, including:

  • bad skin rash and itching
  • breathing problems

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your health care professional or doctor if they continue or are bothersome):

  • increase or decrease in fatty tissue under the skin, through overuse of a particular injection location
  • itching, burning, swelling, or rash where injected

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store unopened cartridges, FlexPens, or Levemir Innolet systems in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F.) Do not freeze or use if the insulin has been frozen. Once opened, the Levemir Innolet system, FlexPen, and cartridges that are inserted into pens should be kept at room temperature, below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Do not store in the refrigerator once opened. Once opened, the insulin can be used for 42 days. After 42 days, the cartridge, Levemir Innolet system or FlexPen should be thrown away.

Store unopened insulin vials in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze or use if the insulin has been frozen. Opened vials (vials currently in use) should be stored in a refrigerator, never a freezer. If refrigeration is not possible, the opened vial can be stored unrefrigerated at room temperature, below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) for up to 42 days. After 42 days, the vial of insulin should be thrown away. Keeping your insulin at room temperature decreases the amount of pain during injection.

Protect from light and excessive heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date or after the specified time for room temperature storage has passed.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

               
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