What is Tresiba?
Tresiba (insulin degludec) is a long-acting insulin that starts to work several hours after injection and keeps working evenly for 24 hours. Insulin is a hormone that works by lowering levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood.
Tresiba is used to improve blood sugar control in adults with diabetes mellitus.
Tresiba may be used for type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Tresiba is supplied in a multiple-dose vial or as a single-patient-use FlexTouch pen.
How should I use Tresiba?
Use Tresiba exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Tresiba is injected under the skin, usually once daily at any time of day. A healthcare provider will teach you how to properly use the medication by yourself.
Tresiba must not be given with an insulin pump, or mixed with other insulins. Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don’t understand all instructions.
A dose counter on the injection pen shows your dose in units. Do not convert your dose. Use the U-100 vial for a child whose dose is less than 5 units per day.
Do not inject Tresiba into skin that is damaged, tender, bruised, pitted, thickened, scaly, or has a scar or hard lump.
Never share an injection pen with another person, even if the needle has been changed. Sharing these devices can allow infections or disease to pass from one person to another.
Tresiba side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Tresiba: hives, itching, skin rash; wheezing, tiredness, trouble breathing; feeling like you might pass out; nausea, diarrhea; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- fluid retention – weight gain, swelling in your hands or feet, feeling short of breath; or
- low potassium – leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, increased thirst or urination, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or limp feeling.
Common Tresiba side effects may include:
- low blood sugar;
- swelling, weight gain;
- itching, rash; or
- thickening or hollowing of the skin where you injected the medicine.