Tresiba

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What is Tresiba?

Common Brand(s): Tresiba, Tresiba FlexTouch

Insulin degludec is used with a proper diet and exercise program to control high blood sugar in people with diabetes. Controlling high blood sugar helps prevent kidney damage, blindness, nerve problems, loss of limbs, and sexual function problems. Proper control of diabetes may also lessen your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Insulin degludec is a man-made product that is similar to human insulin. It replaces the insulin that your body would normally make. It acts longer than regular insulin, providing a low, steady level of insulin. It works by helping blood sugar (glucose) get into cells so your body can use it for energy. Insulin degludec may be used with a shorter-acting insulin product. It may also be used alone or with other diabetes drugs.

Uses

  • type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • type 1 diabetes mellitus

Usage Instructions

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using insulin degludec and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor, diabetes educator, or pharmacist.

Learn all preparation and usage instructions, including how to measure the correct dose, from your health care professional and the product package. Check that you are using the correct insulin before injecting this medication.

Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the insulin. Insulin degludec should be clear and colorless. If you are using the insulin vial, do not shake or roll it.

Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change where you inject each time to lessen the risk of problems or damage under the skin (for example, pits/lumps or thickened skin). Insulin degludec may be injected in the stomach area, the thigh, or the upper arm. Do not inject into a vein or muscle because very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) may occur. Do not inject into skin that is red, swollen, itchy, or damaged. Do not inject cold insulin because this can be painful.

Inject this medication under the skin as directed by your doctor, usually once daily. Use a new needle for each injection. Do not use a syringe to remove insulin from your pen device.

This product should not be mixed with any other insulin. Do not use insulin degludec in an infusion pump.

Do not change brands or types of insulin without directions on how to do so from your doctor.

Do not share your pen device with another person, even if the needle is changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Measure each dose very carefully because even small changes in the amount of insulin may have a large effect on your blood sugar.

Check your blood sugar regularly as directed by your doctor. Keep track of your results and share them with your doctor. This is very important in order to determine the correct insulin dose.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse (your blood sugar is too high or too low).

Storage

It is best to refrigerate all unopened insulin products. Unopened insulin degludec may also be stored at room temperature, but it must be thrown away after 56 days. Opened insulin degludec prefilled pens and vials may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature. Throw away all insulin degludec in use after 56 days, even if there is insulin left. Also throw away all insulin products after the expiration date on the package. Do not freeze, and do not use insulin that has been frozen.

Protect insulin from light and heat. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.