Long-Acting Insulin, Lantus, Levemir, or Tresiba, Which is Best for Your Child?

Whether your child has just been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes or you’ve been dealing with it for awhile, long-acting insulin is necessary to keep the A1C level down.

In case you’re unfamiliar with what long-acting insulin is they keep working in the background to keep your blood sugar under control throughout your daily routine.

There’s currently four different long-acting insulin products available: Lantus, Levemir, Toujeo and Tresiba.  We have never used Toujeo, thus cannot comment on it.

We started off using Lantus straight from our initial hospital visit/diagnosis.

However our daughter, Casteel, was always complaining about how the Lantus stung or burned so when it was time to visit our Endocrinologist we asked her if there were any alternatives.

That’s when we were initially introduced to Tresiba as an alternative to using Lantus.

Tresiba was relatively new to the market at that time.  Since we were receiving a free sample we opted to give it a try as it lasts up to 42 hours.

We actually really liked Tresiba until it came to getting our prescription filled and found out that our health insurance didn’t cover the ridiculous price they charge for Tresiba. 🙁

So that forced us to look into another option, Levemir, which luckily enough was covered by our health insurance.

Levemir lasts 18 to 23 hours on average and has been a suitable alternative to using Lantus.

From our own experiences it seems to sting less than Lantus.

So if your child is complaining of the long-acting insulin Lantus “stinging” or “burning” we recommend you first give Tresiba a try, granted your insurance covers it.

If you insurance does not cover Tresiba then give Levemir a try and hopefully your son or daughter will be less uncomfortable when having their long-acting insulin administered.

Please leave us a comment and let us know which long-acting insulin you use and your experiences with it.


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