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Poll: Replace Lantus with Levemir??

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by BothKidsT1D, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. BothKidsT1D

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    Have any of you discussed the recent news with your doctor ... and are you considering replacing Lantus with Levemir? Levemir is not associated with
    the same "potential" cancer risks.

    Interested in your thoughts. Thanks.
     
  2. Christopher

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    Danielle's endo was not concerned at this time and is not recommending that we switch from Lantus. The European studies looked at older, overweight women with Type 2 diabetes, using very large doses of Lantus. She does not see enough solid evidence to switch at this time.

    Here is a link to some info:

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/93b22c78-7169-11de-a821-00144feabdc0.html

    "A group of international medical experts convened by Sanofi-Aventis on Wednesday publicly rejected safety concerns over the French pharmaceutical group’s diabetes drug, Lantus."

    "Their analysis triggered a statement from the European regulatory agency that it would examine the data in more detail, while urging patients not to switch prescriptions."
     
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  3. WhyMyBabyGirl

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    Yes, it was discussed, but I believe they believe it's only for type 2 women at large doses.

    Of course I'm still extremely concerned, interesting to here what others are doing
     
  4. BothKidsT1D

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    We may switch

    The Lantus issue is specifically related to the receptor (IGF) targeted by Lantus. Levemir does not use this receptor. If Levemir works just as well, and does not have these (potential) issues, switching may be the route we will take. Our doctor is open to switching, as he is comfortable with Levemir.
    The one negative he mentioned with Levemir is that you need to use it twice a day, but we do that with Lantus already (split dose).
     
  5. Adinsmom

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    We will be discussing it at our next appointment in a couple weeks. I am not overly concerned but will switch to Levimer if she recommends it.
     
  6. cpm122

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    Just an fyi - we are on levemir (just recently - before we were on nph and novolog mdi) We only do one dose of levemir in the pm, not twice a day.
     
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    I am not concerned about the cancer risk, because it was specifically breast cancer that was associated, and because I believe that insulin resistance was part of it.

    I would switch from Lantus to Levemir if I had to take the Lantus twice daily because Lantus stings and Levemir doesn't, and the sting is not my favorite thing.
     
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    We just went to our endo appt last week and he changed us from Lantus to Levemir. He said you could not deny the research findings and Levemir works the same. So far we have not had a problem. Alyssa is on the same dosage as she was before and everything good.
    Angie
     
  9. BozziesMom

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    Our endo is not concerned at this time either. She will switch us to Levemir if we want, but there's no panic. We stuck with the Lantus for now. I'd hate to add more shots to his regimen.
     
  10. Pavlos

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    Our endo told us that there is no evidence to support the need for to switch.
     
  11. BothKidsT1D

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    Thanks, Angie: Switching to Levemir

    Thanks, Angie. We are switching to Levemir. Levemir seems safer. And no acidic sting.
     
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    We actually went the other way - Levemir to Lantus. Lev didn't last and we saw a peak.

    At some point we might switch back, but not right now.
     
  13. trisha

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    At my son's last endo appt. (couple of weeks ago) his endo switched him from Lantus to Levemir....because of the controversy. No problems. With the endo's consent, I up'd the Levemir by 2 units and Patch's number were GREAT yesterday. Best I have ever seen.
     
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    what is the deal with lantus stinging. is this true? my daughter uses lantus and has from the beginning said it hurt more than her novolog and almost always complains longer after that one. we hardly ever get complaints from novolog but we thought maybe it ws because it is a larger dose than she gets of novolog. that stinging is news to me.
     
  15. Mary Lou

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    We pump, but always have Lantus on hand for emergencies. Our endo said she is switching all her kids after the results of the 3 different studies done showing a potential risk. She readily admitted the studies weren't done on children, but said, better safe than sorry.

    We switched in a heartbeat.

    FWIW: When we were on MDI and lantus, we did not experience a sting.
     
  16. Kalebsmom

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    Before Kaleb went on a pump he used Lantus. He complained about it burning a lot. Not every shot but a lot of them.
     
  17. BothKidsT1D

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    Lantus Stings because it is Acidic

    The sting from Lantus is well understood. It is acidic in pH. A suggestion:
    my daughter is 5 and complains about it more than my son, who is 9. With my daughter, she has learned that Lantus shots are best in the calf, because she can't feel the sting. The nurses did not recommend the calf, but I would rather listen to my daughter on this one, believe me.
     
  18. emm142

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    I tried the calf for lantus before, and it REALLY stung. My calves are all muscle, so I can see why.
     
  19. Mom2Kathy

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    Kathy's endo switched us to Levimir from Lantus - but it seemed to me he did it due to the stinging, not the controversy. He asked her specifically if it stung when she did the Lantus shot and she said it did sometimes.

    FWIW - we haven't had any problems with the Levimir so far. Seems to work just fine. Only problem I can foresee is the pen only has 1 unit increments. So if we ever need to change the dosage, I'll have to go up by full units instead of half units.
     

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