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Is Tresiba a long acting insulin?

Medically reviewed by Melisa Puckey, BPharm. Last updated on June 14, 2023.

Official answer


Is Tresiba a long acting insulin?

Yes, Tresiba (insulin degludec) is a long acting insulin that is given once daily. It can be given any time of the day, but in pediatric patients it should be given at the same time each day.

Tresiba is a subcutaneous insulin injection that is used to improve blood sugar levels in diabetic patients that are over 12 months old.

Tresiba gives a steady background level of insulin over a 24 hour period, even when you are not eating such as times between meals and overnight. This helps keep blood glucose levels consistent during the day and at night.

What are some other long acting insulins?

There is variation in the way different formulations of the long acting insulins work, even between insulins with the same name eg: insulin glargine, so they are not interchangeable and different brands should not be substituted.


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