Best answer: Does insulin go bad if left unrefrigerated?

Insulin products contained in vials or cartridges supplied by the manufacturers (opened or unopened) may be left unrefrigerated at a temperature between 59°F and 86°F for up to 28 days and continue to work.

What happens if you don’t refrigerate your insulin?

A: Insulin you are not using should be kept between 36 degrees and 46 degrees Fahrenheit. If it gets colder than that it can freeze. If it gets warmer than that, it will be good for a while, but eventually it will start to break down.

How do you know if insulin is bad?

If your insulin looks cloudy or discolored in any way, don’t use it. If it has clumps or what look like little “strings” in it, it’s probably not safe to use. The second way to know your insulin is not working properly is unexplained high blood sugars, as mentioned above.

CAN expired insulin hurt you?

Using insulin past the manufacturer’s expiration date can cause your blood glucose to be higher than expected if you stick to the same dosing you’ve been using all along. High blood sugar can cause symptoms like thirst, fatigue, blurry vision and a frequent need to urinate.

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Do insulin pens have to be refrigerated?

Insulin pens only require refrigeration before their first use. After its initial use, simply keep your insulin pen out of direct sunlight and in room temperature. Insulin pens typically stay good for 7 to 28 days after the initial use, depending on the type of insulin they contain.

How long does Lantus insulin last?

insulin glargine (Lantus), lasts up to 24 hours. insulin detemir (Levemir), lasts 18 to 23 hours. insulin glargine (Toujeo), lasts more than 24 hours. insulin degludec (Tresiba), lasts up to 42 hours.

What happens if insulin gets warm?

When it is exposed to high temperatures as you describe, the insulin can become damaged and less potent. You may see some changes in the color or texture or nothing at all. Sometimes the only way you know it is damaged is by watching your blood sugar go up for no good reason.

How long can insulin be refrigerated?

Unopened insulin vials can be stored in the fridge until their expiration date, and outside the fridge for 28 days. Once opened, most insulin vials last up to 28 days inside or outside the fridge. These include: Insulin glargine (Lantus)

At what temperature should insulin be stored?

According to the product labels from all three U.S. insulin manufacturers, it is recommended that insulin be stored in a refrigerator at approximately 36°F to 46°F. If you are using ice, avoid freezing the insulin. Do not use insulin that has been frozen.

Can insulin be put back in the fridge?

Unused (unopened) insulin vials, devices, or cartridges inadvertently left at room temperature can be returned to refrigeration but must be used within designated days of initially being stored at room temperature (see Tables 1 and 2).

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Where should I store my insulin pen?

Once you open a vial, keep it stored in the fridge or at room temperature. Be aware that injecting refrigerated insulin may be painful. Keep an insulin pen refrigerated until you open it; after that, you can store it at room temperature. Ask your doctor if your particular insulin has a shorter or longer lifespan.