1. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2020 »
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Guest, stay home, stay safe, save the NHS. Stay up to date with information about keeping yourself and people around you safe here and GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19). Think you have symptoms? NHS 111 service is available here.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Levemir Split Doses

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Sharrryn, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. Sharrryn

    Sharrryn Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    151
    Likes Received:
    41
    Trophy Points:
    68
    Just curious : For those who split levemir doses are your doses the same. I have 12 units at 6am and 4 units at 6pm.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. jlarsson

    jlarsson Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    268
    Likes Received:
    157
    Trophy Points:
    103
    3 at 10ish PM and 15 at 10ish AM, times will vary a bit depending on what I happen to be doing(i.e in a meeting or something) but that's how I do it and it works pretty well.
     
    • Like Like x 3
  3. Alison54321

    Alison54321 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,224
    Likes Received:
    1,818
    Trophy Points:
    198
    I split it 6 about 8 am, 8 at about 8 pm. The higher evening dose is intended to head off the dawn phenomenon as the higher dose should be peaking around about 3 or 4 am.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. Tony337

    Tony337 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    591
    Likes Received:
    973
    Trophy Points:
    153
    I take 10 units at 5.30 am and then 14 units at 6 pm.

    Hope this helps

    Tony
     
    • Like Like x 2
  5. Fairygodmother

    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,568
    Likes Received:
    5,067
    Trophy Points:
    198
    8.5 units 8am and 8 units 8pm.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  6. CranberryIce

    CranberryIce Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    409
    Likes Received:
    544
    Trophy Points:
    133
    My split dose
    7.5 units in the morning (7am)
    6.5 in the evening (7pm)

    I tend to increase my morning dose on non-working days, as I am less active.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  7. Sharrryn

    Sharrryn Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    151
    Likes Received:
    41
    Trophy Points:
    68
    Thanks everyone for your replies. I was just curious as when I started back on injections it was 7 and 7. But I found I was going too high through the day and lower at night. Probably need to do some daytime fasting basal testing to be totally sure.
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
    #7 Sharrryn, Jul 2, 2018 at 8:29 PM
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2018
  8. Alison54321

    Alison54321 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,224
    Likes Received:
    1,818
    Trophy Points:
    198
    That's interesting. Some people seem to need more during the day, and less at night, and others are the other way round.

    Just shows we're all different.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  9. KateMeg

    KateMeg Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Mine are currently 14 at 10am and 5 at 10pm but it changes month to month. When I go through stressful months at work I can need double that!
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  10. Tony337

    Tony337 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    591
    Likes Received:
    973
    Trophy Points:
    153
    I rarely change my levemir dose just the novorapid around it.....
    I’m not saying that’s right it’s just what I do....

    Tony
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Grumpy ole thing

    Grumpy ole thing Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    286
    Likes Received:
    197
    Trophy Points:
    103
    I split Levemir 11u at 9.30am and 14u at 9.30pm as @Tony337 above, not necessarily perfect, but works ok for me, and infinitely better than I've ever known before. I'm much happier correcting with fast acting than trying to work out background changes as they don't seem to work until the day after.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  12. Peterinkiel

    Peterinkiel Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Yes, everyone is different. I take two doses per day, 16 units at the pre-breakfast injection and normally 16 units at bedtime. The evening dose is taken most days, but it can be reduced to 14 units if my BG level to s below 120 at bedtime. Sorry, we don’t use mail here in Germany.
    My levels are corrected during the da with Novo Rapid in small doses of between 8 and 12 units, but the reaction time is slow (up to 2 hours).

    All good wishes to Levemir users
     
    • Like Like x 4
  13. KateMeg

    KateMeg Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    43
    I would but I don't want to be waking up at night all the time to give corrections or doing multiple corrections throughout the day, prefer to just stick in the Levemir and hope for the best!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. Peterinkiel

    Peterinkiel Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    I think you really should be a little more careful using just Levemir as this article s a casal Insulin with longer term effects and it is designed to be used in conjunction with a rapid insulin to compensate for the changing BG levels during the 24 hour cycle which are a normal function of the digestive process. In short, you should expect differing BG levels during the day, normally shortly after a meal. You can then compensate with a smaller dose of rapid insulin, dosed according to your BG level at the time of testing. Remember that rapid insulin is NOT function nstantaneous insulin and it works over a period of time, so do not overcompensate. Use small doses of around 8 to 10 units at the most.. Test again about one hour of your rapid i jection to avoid a hypo.

    I use a CGM monitoring device to follow my BG levels on a permanent basis and find it a godsend. No more hypos and very few hypers. I understand these devices are expensive in the UK, but you may be able to persuade your doabetologist to prescribe one free of charge, Remember that the cost of hospital treatment is far, far greater to the NHS than a CGM system. Here we n Germany the only nsurance companies have worked that out and act accordingly.
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  15. Diabet1c

    Diabet1c Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    11
    Trophy Points:
    43
    I take 27 units in the am and 25 units roughly 12 hours later
     
    • Like Like x 1
  16. novorapidboi26

    novorapidboi26 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,831
    Likes Received:
    1,854
    Trophy Points:
    178
    I was on a uneven split also, cant remember the precise doses now, but they totalled about 70 units all in......
     
  17. scotteric

    scotteric Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    318
    Likes Received:
    140
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Nope, but that's the beauty of splitting it - you can have different doses for day and night to meet your needs. It's why I think it is a better solution than a basal like Tresiba where you are stuck with 1 dose for over 24 hours that can't be adjusted.
     
  18. Ledzeptt

    Ledzeptt Type 3c · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    536
    Likes Received:
    524
    Trophy Points:
    133
    It’s also useful at the moment (warm nights) are lowering my overnight Levemir needs considerably without affecting my daytime Levemir.

    Ps I use FreeStyle Libre to monitor my glucose, so can see that my glucose has been flat overnight.

    (I know heat affects people in different ways.)
     
  19. Peterinkiel

    Peterinkiel Type 1 · Member

    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Good afternoon and welcoming me to this forum on Levemir dosage.

    Perhaps you could read my earlier post on this subject, saying everyone is different.

    What you say gives us all very little information about yourself and your treatment. Could you let us have more nformation concerning for example any other insulin you take, as the Levemir is a basal insulin which works in the background to keep your BG (blood glucose) levels under control at a fairly fixed level if your dosage is correct. But it should not be sed alone, even if used twice a day. The fluctuations in your BG levels after mealtimes are then taken care of by using small dosages of rapid insulin (the dosage should be small to avoid possible risks of a hypo) this is best judged by experimentation using different dosages and then measuring your BG level at say 80 minutes after your rapid insulin injection to measure the effect of your dosage. It may help to keep a written record of your dosage and the BG levels so you can discuss this with your diabetologist or medical practitioner.

    To complete your profile and thus allow other forum contributors to offer assistance and advice, perhaps you could give readers some information about you carbohydrate consumption, the number and timings of your daily mealtimes, an indication of whether or not your weight is steady and any unusual changes in your lifestyle. You will understand that the complexities of treating type 1 diabetes make it necessary to have the full picture and not just the dosage of one type of insulin.

    I really do hope this little note will help you, but if anything is unclear please do reply to this post and I will arrempt to give you a clearer explanation.

    With greetings from a diabetic patient in his seventies having lived with diabetes for nearly 70 years.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. smc4761

    smc4761 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,011
    Likes Received:
    1,820
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Think I was starting to panic a little when I read how little Levemir some of the earlier posters were taking. I take 21 units on getting up typically around 7 am followed by 27 units at bedtime typically 10pm
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook