FDA Approves Novo Nordisk's Levemir
Levemir is a drug that is approved to treat both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
This medication is a long-acting insulin, and works by providing a steady level of insulin to help control blood sugar levels throughout the day. Levemir comes in injectable form and is typically used once or twice a day. Possible side effects include low blood sugar levels and skin reactions at the injection site.
Levemir is a man-made form of a hormone that is produced in the body. It works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is a long-acting form of insulin that is slightly different from other forms of insulin that are not man-made.
Levemir is used to treat diabetes in adults and children.
Insulin detemir is a long-acting human insulin analogue for maintaining the basal level of insulin. Novo Nordisk markets it under the trade name Levemir. It is an insulin analogue in which a fatty acid (myristic acid) is bound to the lysine amino acid at position B29 . It is quickly resorbed after which it binds to albumin in the blood through the fat acid at position B29. It then slowly dissociates from this complex.
This man-made insulin is very similar to human insulin. It has been changed so that it acts longer than regular human insulin, providing a low, steady level of insulin. It is used along with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Insulin detemir may be used in combination with a shorter-acting insulin (regular), but they should not be mixed together in the same injection. In some people with diabetes, insulin may be used alone or with other diabetes drugs (e.g., sulfonylureas like glyburide).
People with diabetes do not make enough insulin for their body to properly use the sugar in food. Eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and using your insulin as directed can help you live an active and healthy life.