Levemir (Insulin Detemir)

What if I find a lower price with another pharmacy?

We guarantee the lowest price on all of our prescription products. If you find your medications cheaper at any other recognized licensed mail order pharmacy, we will not only match their price, we will beat it by 25% of the difference. It is our 125% price match guarantee!

Example: If you find a product on Canada Drugs Direct for $50.00 and find the same product for $40.00 at another mail order pharmacy, we will provide you with a $12.50 discount, bringing your total to $37.50.

To get the discount please make sure to mention the price match to the customer service team when they call to collect payment for your order. Or call toll free at 1-888-904-8467 to place the order through the phone.

Terms & Conditions of Program

  • Guaranteed lowest price is only valid at the time of sale.
  • We will only match the current advertised price.
  • Products must be identical and in stock at the time of placing an order with a licensed mail order pharmacy. They must be an online Canadian pharmacy with an address in Canada.
  • Products must be authentic in brand and size (same manufacturer, same country of manufacture, same pack size, same strength and same quantity).
  • Products must be new. We cannot match the price of any used, short expiry or expired product.
  • Price match can only be issued over the phone with our customer service team. Please note at this time we cannot offer price matching for the products Ozempic or Saxenda.
What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.


LEVEMIR (Insulin detemir) is a long-acting insulin product. It is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.

People with diabetes mellitus either do not produce enough insulin (type 1 diabetes), or their body has become resistant to the insulin they produce (type 2 diabetes). LEVEMIR is a long-acting insulin that can help regulate and lower high blood sugar around-the-clock. After an injection, LEVEMIR typically lasts about 18-24 hours for most people.


Inject LEVEMIR subcutaneously once or twice daily. Inject LEVEMIR at the same time each day and do not modify the regimen without first speaking with your doctor.

Rotate injections sites to avoid localized cutaneous amyloidosis and lipodystrophy. Injection sites include the abdomen, thighs, and back of the upper arm.

Store LEVEMIR insulin pens or vials in the refrigerator while unopened. Once open, the package should be stored at room temperature for no more than 28 days.


Insulin glargine is the active ingredient in LEVEMIR (insulin detemir).


Low blood sugar is a medical emergency and can happen when using insulin. It is essential to be familiar with the signs of low blood sugar and to treat it quickly. Some medications can mask the signs, including:

  • Beta-blockers
  • Clonidine
  • Guanethidine
  • Reserpine

Drugs can have different effects on the blood sugar of people with diabetes. Some can increase blood sugar while others lower it. The following medications can affect blood sugar, so tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking them:

  • Alcohol
  • Atypical Antipsychotics
  • Corticosteroids
  • Disopyramide
  • Diuretics
  • Estrogens/Progesterones
  • Fibrates
  • Fluoxetine
  • Isoniazid
  • Lithium
  • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Niacin
  • Oral antidiabetic agents
  • Pentoxifylline
  • Phenothiazine derivatives
  • Pramlintide
  • Propoxyphene
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Salicylates
  • Somatostatin Analogues
  • Somatropin
  • Sulfonamide Antibiotics
  • Sympathomimetic agents
  • Thyroid replacement medication


Hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia are more common when the insulin regimen is changed (like using a new type of insulin, a new manufacturer, or a new injection site). Monitor blood sugar more often when making any changes.

Insulin products are commonly mixed up, which can lead to medication errors and low blood sugar. Read the label carefully before each injection of LEVEMIR.

While using insulin, the doctor should monitor glycemic control, potassium levels, liver function, and kidney function.

Side Effects

The most common side effects that patients experience while taking LEVEMIR insulin can include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Edema
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Injection site reactions
  • Lipodystrophy
  • Pruritis
  • Rash
  • Weight gain


Levemir [package insert] Plainsboro, NJ: Novo Nordisk; 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

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