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What You Need To Know About Levemir Onset Peak and Duration

What You Need To Know About Levemir Onset Peak and Duration

What is Levemir?

Levemir or insulin detemir refers to a man made insulin that is used to lower blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. Insulin is a natural hormone produced by the pancreas that transports glucose from the blood to various tissues. In case there is no enough insulin, glucose will not be able to enter the cells for energy. This will lead to a build up of glucose in the blood. Levemir is used to treat adults and children above 2 years with type 1 diabetes, and adults with type 2 diabetes. Insulin detemir replaces the natural insulin our bodies make. It works by helping glucose get into the cells. This medication can be used alone or with other diabetes medication such as metformin.

Levemir Onset Peak and Duration

Levemir is a long acting insulin, which starts to work hours after being taken and can last up to 24 hours. Insulin detemir works longer compared to regular insulin, providing your body with low and steady flow of insulin.The rate at which this medication is absorbed will depend on your dose and number of times you are taking it per day. Usually, levemir onset is between 3 to 4 hours, while peak is between 6 to 8 hours. Like most insulin, levemir onset and duration of action can be affected by conditions such as stress, changes in meal patterns, exercise or illness.


Your insulin detemir dosage is based on how you respond to treatment and your medical condition. The medication can be taken subcutaneously once or twice every day. In case this medication is taken once every day, it should be taken at bedtime or with evening meal. However, if it is taken twice every day, it should be administered with the morning meal and evening meal. Make sure you take your evening dose 12 hours after your morning meal. Insulin detemir is usually injected under the skin. Your health care provider will show you the best place to take the insulin injection. It is usually injected under the skin of your upper arm, thigh or abdomen. Make sure you rotate the injection areas to avoid adverse reactions.


In case of unused levemir medication, it should be kept in a refrigerator at temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius. This medication should not be kept in a freezer. In case of frozen this medicine, you should not use it. Insulin detemir can also be stored under room temperature. Make sure you keep the drug away from heat or moisture. Unused levemir can be stored in a refrigerator until it has expired. Expired drugs should be thrown away. Ask your doctor how to properly dispose expired drugs.


Disclaimer: Please note that the contents of this community article are strictly for informational purposes and should not be considered as medical advice. This article, and other community articles, are not written or reviewed for medical validity by Canadian Insulin or its staff. All views and opinions expressed by the contributing authors are not endorsed by Canadian Insulin. Always consult a medical professional for medical advice, diagnosis, and treatment.
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