This injection is used by individuals with Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes who need insulin to manage their high blood sugar levels.
Drug class: Anti-diabetics, Long-acting insulin
Route of administration: Subcutaneous
Is it a drug that needs a prescription? YES
Is it an OTC drug? NO
Mechanism of action
Insulin Degludec, a long-acting injectable, gets to work within two hours of delivery and lasts up to 24 hours. It works just like insulin, which is normally produced by the body. In addition, it blocks the release of glucose from the liver and helps muscle and fat cells retake glucose.
Weight gain, redness/pain/irritation at the site of injection, low blood sugar level, dizziness, weakness, abnormal heart rate, muscle cramps, sweating, swelling of face/throat/tongue, blurred vision, shortness of breath, swelling of hands/arms/feet/legs, rash/itching.
Before using this medication, take the following precautions and notify your doctor:
If you are allergic to any type of insulin or have any other allergies,
If you are taking any other medication (prescribed, non-prescribed, or herbal products),
When you have a history of liver, renal, or heart illness, thyroid difficulties, pituitary gland disorders, or a combination of these conditions,
If you have undergone any type of surgery,
It should not be used if you have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar or glucose levels)
Limit your alcohol usage since it increases your chances of obtaining low blood sugar levels. It may also cause headaches, vomiting, nausea, flushing, disorientation, and anxiety.
You may have dizziness, changes in vision, or lack of awareness as a result of low or high blood sugar levels.
When your body is stressed, controlling your blood glucose level becomes challenging.
This drug’s adverse effects are more severe in older people and children.
Consult your doctor if you get pregnant or if you are breastfeeding while using this medication.
Use of this medication should be avoided during pregnancy.