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Insulin Degludec



Insulin Degludec is used in the treatment of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes

How it works

Insulin Degludec replace the insulin that the body would normally make. Insulin is critical for promoting the use and storage of all the major nutrients, such as glucose, fats, and proteins.

Common side effects

Weight gain, Injection site allergic reaction, Lipodystrophy, Fall in blood sugar level

Available Medicine

  • ₹1850
    Novo Nordisk India Pvt Ltd
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Expert advice

  • Avoid consuming alcohol as it may increase the chance of severe low blood sugar. 
  • Notify your doctor if you have any signs of troubled-breathing or rashes (severe and life-threatening allergy).
  • Type 2 diabetes can be controlled with a proper diet alone or a diet along with exercise. Planned diet and exercising are always important when you have diabetes, even when you are taking antidiabetic medicines. 
  • Low blood sugar is life-threatening. Low blood sugar may occur due to:
    • Delay or missing a scheduled meal or snacks. 
    • Exercising more than usual. 
    • Drinking a significant amount of alcohol.
    • Using too much insulin.
    • Sickness (vomiting or diarrhea).
  • The main symptoms (alarming signs) of low blood sugar are fast heartbeat, sweating, cool pale skin, feeling shaky, confusion or irritability, headache, nausea, and nightmares. Make sure that you have access to quick-acting sugar sources that treat low blood sugar. Consuming some form of quick-acting sugars immediately after the appearance of the symptoms will prevent the low blood sugar levels from worsening. 

Frequently asked questions

Insulin Degludec


What is insulin degludec?
Insulin degludec is long-acting basal insulin


How does insulin degludec work?
Insulin degludec binds (attaches) to the human insulin receptor and performs effects actions same as human insulin. It promotes the uptake and utilization of sugar (glucose) in the body. It also stops the liver from producing more sugar. After the injection of insulin degludec multi-hexamers of insulin degludec are formed which act as store house (depots) from which small amounts of insulin degludec are continuously.

Content on this page was last updated on 21 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)