Levemir Flexpen injection is used to lower the raised blood sugar level (diabetes mellitus). Levemir Flexpen is used to treat both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. It contains insulin detemir as an active ingredient. It is a long-acting insulin that provides a steady level of insulin for a longer duration of time in the body. This medicine helps to maintain optimum blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Insulin must be taken 15-20 minutes before or within 20 minutes of starting the meal. Avoid skipping the meal and the dose of insulin. Rotate the site of the insulin administration site. The doctor will guide on the use of the injection. While on the Levemir Flexpen injection, it is recommended to keep sugar candy or glucose handy as it has decreased blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) as it common side effect. However, if you experience these symptoms quite often, contact your doctor he might change the dose of this medicine....
Q: Which food items must I avoid, as I'm a diabetic?
Avoid using maida, white bread, noodles, corn flakes, poori, biryani, naan, fried rice, etc.
Avoid using custard apple, mango, jack fruit, fruit salads with ice cream, fruit-based desserts.
Avoid using cheese, milkshakes, ice creams.
Avoid using pork, beef, soft drinks, sugarcane juice, sweetened health drinks and beverages.
Q: Can I stop using the injection if I am feeling uncomfortable after taking the medicine?
A: No, avoid stopping the insulin without speaking with a doctor. It leads to high blood sugar levels and may worsen the disease condition and complications. In case of side effects or discomfort, inform the doctor. You may need a dose adjustment.
Q: Why should I always change the site for the injection?
A: Taking injection at the same site may lead to a lump formation, local irritation and itching. Avoid taking injections at the same site or maintain a gap of one day.
Q: What other lifestyle modifications I must follow to manage diabetes?
Diet must include chapatis, multigrain bread, puffed rice with vegetables, sprouts, roasted grams, plain cooked daal, soups, steamed vegetables, cooked vegetables with less oil, Jamun, orange, guava, apple, watermelon, papaya, cow’s milk, curd, thin buttermilk, fish (grilled, baked or steamed), peanuts, cashew nuts and walnuts (handful)....
Limit sugar intake.
Walk daily for 30 minutes.
Monitor the blood glucose.
Take the anti-diabetic medication on time.
Q: I suffer from low blood sugar levels often, what is the possible reasons?
Risk factors for low blood glucose levels include taking too much insulin, not taking adequate meals or missing meals, too much alcohol consumption, fever and too much exercise.
Some medicines when used with insulin result in such episodes like other diabetes medicine glimepiride, medicines used for fever and pain (salicylates), ramipril, etc.
Report to the doctor about these episodes. You may need a dose of adjustment.
Q: Does the Levemir Flexpen injection need to be refrigerated?
After opening the injection pen, you should use it within 6 weeks of opening and should be stored at 25°C to 30°C room temperature. Do not refrigerate it.
Unused Levemir Flexpen should be stored in a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C. Do not freeze it.