Insulin detemir Side Effects

Not all side effects for insulin detemir may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to insulin detemir: subcutaneous solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by insulin detemir. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking insulin detemir:

Incidence not known
  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cool, pale skin
  • cough
  • depression
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • headache
  • hives
  • hoarseness
  • increased hunger
  • irritation
  • itching
  • joint pain
  • nausea
  • nightmares
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • redness of the skin
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • skin rash
  • slurred speech
  • stiffness or swelling
  • swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands, or feet
  • tightness in the chest
  • trouble breathing
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some of the side effects that can occur with insulin detemir may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Incidence not known
  • Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
  • decrease in the amount of urine
  • noisy, rattling breathing
  • redistribution or accumulation of body fat
  • swelling of the fingers, hands, feet, or lower legs
  • trouble breathing at rest
  • weight gain

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to insulin detemir: subcutaneous solution

Metabolic

Metabolic side effects have included hypoglycemia and weight gain.

Local

Local side effects have included lipodystrophy, redness, pain, itching, hives, swelling, and inflammation at the injection site.

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity side effects have included systemic or general allergy to insulin manifesting as rash (including pruritus) over the whole body, shortness of breath, wheezing, reduction in blood pressure, rapid pulse, or sweating. Severe cases of generalized allergy, including anaphylactic reactions, may be life threatening.

Other

Other side effects reported in a clinical study of both adults and children with type 1 diabetes have included headache, upper respiratory tract infection, pharyngitis, back pain, bronchitis, gastroenteritis, influenza-like illness, abdominal pain, pyrexia, cough, viral infection, nausea, rhinitis, and vomiting.

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