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Insulin Degludec (U-100) Vials

Generic Name: Insulin Degludec (U-100) Vials (IN su lin de GLOO dek)
Brand Name: Tresiba

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 18, 2019.

Uses of Insulin Degludec Vials:

  • It is used to lower blood sugar in patients with high blood sugar (diabetes).

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Insulin Degludec Vials?

  • If you have an allergy to this medicine (insulin degludec vials) or any part of this medicine (insulin degludec vials).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Acidic blood problem or low blood sugar.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (insulin degludec vials).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (insulin degludec vials) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Insulin Degludec Vials?

All products:

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (insulin degludec vials). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Allergic reactions have happened with this medicine (insulin degludec vials). Rarely, some reactions can be very bad or life-threatening. Talk with the doctor.
  • Low blood sugar may happen with this medicine (insulin degludec vials). Very low blood sugar can lead to seizures, passing out, long lasting brain damage, and sometimes death. Talk with the doctor.
  • Low blood potassium may happen with this medicine (insulin degludec vials). If not treated, this can lead to a heartbeat that is not normal, very bad breathing problems, and sometimes death. Talk with the doctor.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine (insulin degludec vials) affects you.
  • Some diabetes drugs like pioglitazone or rosiglitazone may cause heart failure or make it worse in people who already have it. Using insulin with these drugs may increase this risk. If you also take one of these drugs, talk with the doctor.
  • Be sure you have the right insulin product. Insulin products come in many containers like vials, cartridges, and pens. Be sure that you know how to measure and get your dose ready. If you have any questions, call your doctor or pharmacist.
  • It may be harder to control blood sugar during times of stress such as fever, infection, injury, or surgery. A change in physical activity, exercise, or diet may also affect blood sugar.
  • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
  • Do not drive if your blood sugar has been low. There is a greater chance of you having a crash.
  • Check your blood sugar as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or taking products that have alcohol in them while taking this medicine (insulin degludec vials).
  • Do not share your insulin product with another person. This includes any pens, cartridge devices, needles, or syringes, even if the needle has been changed. Sharing may pass infections from one person to another. This includes infections you may not know you have.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this medicine (insulin degludec vials) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine (insulin degludec vials) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Insulin Degludec Vials) best taken?

Use this medicine (insulin degludec vials) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

For all patients taking this medicine (insulin degludec vials):

  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin on the top of the thigh, belly area, or upper arm.
  • If you will be giving yourself the shot, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to give the shot.
  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Wash your hands before use.
  • Move site where you give the shot each time.
  • Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
  • Do not use if solution changes color.
  • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. Do not reuse needles or other items. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Do not use outdated insulin.
  • Do not mix with other liquids.
  • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
  • Do not draw into a syringe and store for future use.

Children:

  • Give this medicine (insulin degludec vials) at the same time of day.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Adults:

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Be sure there are at least 8 hours between the doses.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Children:

  • Call your child's doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Chills.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Seizures.
  • Change in skin to thick or thin where the shot was given.
  • Mood changes.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, or swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Low blood sugar can happen. The chance may be raised when this medicine (insulin degludec vials) is used with other drugs for diabetes. Signs may be dizziness, headache, feeling sleepy or weak, shaking, fast heartbeat, confusion, hunger, or sweating. Call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs. Follow what you have been told to do for low blood sugar. This may include taking glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or some fruit juices.

What are some other side effects of Insulin Degludec Vials?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Nose and throat irritation.
  • Signs of a common cold.
  • Headache.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Weight gain.
  • Irritation where the shot is given.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Insulin Degludec Vials?

  • Store unopened pens in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Do not use if it has been frozen.
  • Store in the carton to protect from light.
  • If an unopened container has been stored at room temperature, be sure you know how long you can leave this medicine (insulin degludec vials) at room temperature before you need to throw it away. If you are not sure, talk with the doctor or pharmacist.
  • After opening, store in a refrigerator or at room temperature. Protect from heat and light. Throw away any part not used after 8 weeks.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine (insulin degludec vials), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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