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Detemir, Glargine Insulin (long acting) : Levemir, Lantus (antidiabetics, hormones)

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Generic Name

detemir, glargine

Trade Name

Levemir, Lantus

Indication

hyperglycemia with diabetes type 1 and 2, diabetic ketoacidosis

Action

stimulates uptake of glucose into muscle and fat cells, inhibits production of glucose in the liver, prevents breakdown of fat and protein

RouteOnsetPeakDuration
Detemir3-4 hr3-14 hr24 hr
Glargine3-4 hrnone24 hr

Therapeutic Class

antidiabetics, hormones

Pharmacologic Class

pancreatics

Nursing Considerations

  • assess for symptoms of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia
  • monitor body weight over time
  • may cause decreased inorganic phosphates, potassium, and magnesium
  • monitor blood sugars every 6 hours, monitor A1C every 3-6 months
Detemir, Glargine Insulin (long acting) : Levemir, Lantus (antidiabetics, hormones)

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Date Published - Jun 15, 2016
Date Modified - Jun 29, 2016

One Comment

  1. Joyce M Gorcyca

    Long acting insulin is not used to treat diabetic ketoacidosis. Otherwise the information is accurate.

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