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Have you ever transitioned /made the change from Lantus to Levimir?

If so, what was your experience?
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231441 tn?1333896366
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Hi,
I have not used lantus, but I do use levemir.  Both are medium acting basal insulins.  Levemir works best injected twice a day.  I inject just before going to bed (22 units), and when I wake up in the morning (8 units).  As you can see, I don't use the same dose morning and evening, as I find I need more basal insulin at night when I am inactive, than during the day when I am active.  
You will need to adjust your dosage based on your target blood sugar levels.

Another new basal insulin is tresiba.  This is a long acting basal insulin and is only injected once a day.  Many people find it gives more stable blood sugars than some of the other basal insulins.    You may wish to ask your Dr about this insulin.
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Thank you so much Sally.... I appreciate this info!! Will look into tresiba as well
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My insurance company pushed me to make that exact switch a few years ago, and I'm pretty happy with it.

Biggest difference is that Levimir release cycles last around half as long as Lantus, which makes for 2 basal shots a day, and it's a little easier to accidentally overlap doses.  For example, I try to get my shots at 7am and 10pm, but that creates a 3-hour overlap and gap on either end.

Getting the dosage right makes it easy to work around, but it's only as good as the consistency in your schedule.  With Lantus, I focused on getting to sleep around the same time every night, but now I have to also focus on waking up early on the weekends too.

The other thing I liked about the switch was being able to use a flex pen instead of a vial.  Not sure if Lantus comes in pens now, but that was a big benefit when I switched.  No more syringes, just flexpen needles for everything.
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I take Lantas via a pen.
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Insurance forced me transition from Lantus to Levemir in February, and I haven't seen any difference in effectiveness. I am only taking one injection before bed, and it's worked just as well as Lantus in keeping my morning numbers in range. The biggest difference I noticed was that Lantus would burn every time I injected and Levemir does not.
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