Insulin detemir Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Insulin detemir is also known as: Levemir

Insulin detemir Pregnancy Warnings

Insulin detemir has been assigned to pregnancy category B by the FDA. A clinical study of pregnant women with type I diabetes using insulin detemir during pregnancy did not show an increase in the risk of fetal abnormalities. Insulin is the drug of choice for the treatment of diabetes during pregnancy. Data from human pregnancy have revealed an increased incidence of teratogenicity associated with diabetes mellitus. The association with the use of insulin is probably coincidental. Because of the strong association between diabetes or hyperglycemia and perinatal morbidity and multiple congenital malformations, most experts recommend strict control of maternal plasma glucose with the use of insulin during pregnancy. Insulin detemir is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.

Insulin detemir Breastfeeding Warnings

There are no data on the excretion of insulin detemir into human milk. The manufacturer recommends that caution be used when administering insulin detemir to breast-feeding women. Lactating women may require an adjustment in insulin dosage and/or diet.

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