Using expired insulin is absolutely not recommended and should only be done if you have no other option. The effectiveness of insulin degrades over time and it’s impossible to predict how well expired insulin will work – or if it will even work at all!
What happens when you take expired insulin?
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.
Does insulin expire?
Unopened insulin generally expires after one year, but once you open your insulin, it takes about 28 days to expire. It’s also important to store insulin properly, as it can expire early, so make sure to keep it refrigerated and away from light or heat.
How long is insulin good for out of the fridge?
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.
How long does insulin last in the fridge?
OPEN vials can be stored in the fridge or at CONTROLLED room temperature. Regardless of where it is stored, OPEN insulin will only last 28 days before it must be thrown away. Insulin kept in the fridge should be removed and allowed to reach room temperature before injection.
How long can you store unopened insulin?
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)
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.
How long does it take for insulin to spoil?
Insulin Is Safe at Room Temperature, After It’s Been Opened, for About a Month. Insulin is fine at room temperature but will start to degrade and lose its potency after 28 days.
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).
Does insulin make you gain weight?
Weight gain is a common side effect for people who take insulin — a hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar (glucose) by cells. This can be frustrating because maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of your overall diabetes management plan.
Does insulin lose potency?
At elevated temperatures, insulin loses chemical potency, which is accelerated as the temperature increases. For example, at room temperature (77°F), insulin will lose <1.0% of its potency over 30 days, or <0.03% potency lost per day.
What is the side effects of insulin?
Insulin regular (human) side effects
- dizziness or lightheadedness.
- fast heart rate.
- tingling in your hands, feet, lips, or tongue.
- trouble concentrating or confusion.
- blurred vision.
How cold is too cold for insulin?
Keep your diabetes devices and insulin out of the cold
Just like extreme heat, extreme cold can affect your insulin (insulin solutions freeze near 32 degrees Fahrenheit), and we recommend that you avoid exposing your insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor to weather below 34 degrees Fahrenheit.