I've been on Levemir since May (switched from Lantus). The few things I can share are:
- Levemir works better taken twice per day (am & pm; it's more of an 18-20 hr long-acting insulin, even though it's touted as a 24hr-no peak insulin).
- Levemir and alcohol don't mix (the 2 times I drank alcohol I went hypo, regardless that I ate to compensate).
- unlike Lantus, it doesn't leave welts where I inject. That's a good thing!
- also, unlike Lantus...it doesn't sting!
- many switchers from Lantus or NPH have found that they needed more Levemir to achieve the same glucose levels. I went from 18 units Lantus at 11PM to a 12 unit dose of Levemir at 7AM & 7PM. (I think I read the average increase was around 30%).
I don't think Levemir causes any more lows than other long-acting insulins. In fact, I think if anything, the twice a day injections may even allow for more control. At one time I was doing 10 units in the morning and 14 units at night. I've always had more insulin resistance after dinner through morning and more insulin sensitivity morning through dinner so, this kind of flexibility allows me to compensate better. I hope you've got an educator or endo working with you to get your doses in order? Good luck and we're here for ya
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"