Proper Use

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A nurse or other trained health professional may give you this medicine. You may also be taught how to give your medicine at home. This medicine is given as a shot under the skin of your stomach, thigh, or upper arm.

Always double-check both the concentration (strength) of your insulin and your dose. Concentration and dose are not the same. The dose is how many units of insulin you will use. The concentration tells how many units of insulin are in each milliliter (mL), such as 100 units/mL (U-100), but this does not mean you will use 100 units at a time.

Each package of insulin degludec contains a patient information sheet. Read this sheet carefully and make sure you understand:

  • How to prepare the medicine.
  • How to inject the medicine.
  • How to dispose of syringes, needles, and injection devices.

If you use this medicine at home, you will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Do not use the exact same spot for each injection. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas. This will help prevent skin problems from the injections.

Since insulin degludec lowers the blood glucose over 24 hours, it is best to use it at about the same time every day.

Check the liquid in the FlexTouch® pen or vial. It should be clear and colorless. Do not use it if it looks cloudy, thick, or discolored, or if it has particles in it.

Follow carefully the special meal plan your doctor gave you. This is the most important part of controlling your condition, and is necessary if the medicine is to work properly. Also, exercise regularly and test for sugar in your blood or urine as directed.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For injection dosage form (solution):
    • For Type 1 diabetes:
      • Adults and children 1 year of age and older—Dose is based on your blood sugar and must be determined by your doctor.
      • Children up to 1 year of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For Type 2 diabetes:
      • Adults and children 1 year of age and older—Dose is based on your blood sugar and must be determined by your doctor.
      • Children up to 1 year of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

If you missed a dose, make sure that there are at least 8 hours between doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

You may store the unopened FlexTouch® disposable prefilled pen or vial in the refrigerator until its expiration date or at room temperature for up to 56 days. Protect from light. Do not freeze. Do not use the medicine if it has been frozen.

You may store the FlexTouch® disposable prefilled pen or vial that you are currently using in the refrigerator or at room temperature, away from direct heat and light, for up to 56 days. Throw the pen or vial away after 56 days, even if there is still insulin in it.

Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.