How long does insulin last once it's been opened?
My mother has type 2 diabetes and needs help with her insulin injections. After I open a new bottle, how long does insulin last for, how should I store it, and how do I know whether it's gone bad?
As a general rule, most bottles of insulin are good for 28 days once they're opened. Of course, how quickly a person goes through a vial is highly individual. Some may go through a bottle in a week or two. Others, on a lower dosage, may not use all the insulin within four weeks. But the drug's stability and potency is only guaranteed for 28 days.
Opened insulin pens typically last 14 days, though some last only 10 days. If you're uncertain, check with your mother's pharmacist to find out how long her insulin should last. When either of you opens a new vial or pen, make a note on the calendar -- and note the date when you'll need to throw out any remaining insulin.
It's best to store an opened bottle of insulin at room temperature, even though manufacturers often recommend refrigeration for opened containers. It's usually less painful to inject insulin when it's at room temperature than when it's cold.
Store unopened insulin vials and pen cartridges in the fridge, though, where they should last until their expiration date. Insulin shouldn't be exposed to extreme temperatures, so don't leave it in the car, next to the stove, in the freezer, or in the bathroom. If the bottle freezes, it must be discarded.
Two typical signs that insulin has gone bad: poor performance and unusual appearance. If your mother is following her treatment plan and her glucose levels stay stubbornly, inexplicably high, her insulin may have lost its potency. Insulin that's cloudy when it's supposed to be clear or that contains particles, crystals, or small clumps is no longer safe or effective and should be discarded.
Even if you or your parent are only mildly concerned that the insulin has gone bad, don't take any chances: Throw the bottle away and open a new one. If the bottle is unopened and the expiration date hasn't passed, you may be able to return it to the pharmacist for an exchange or refund.
my exwife goes thru a bottle about two months once it's been open keep refrgerated
This article was helpful which I'am a diebetic myself and we do keep our insulin in the fridge all the time.
that's what my Dr. told me. I check my insulin 5 times a day.
i cant get my insulin trhough a DR. because i am self pay. I am a type I diabetic. My friend who is also a type I willl give me insulin to inject when she can buy it. She is on a pump(she has insurance) so getting bottles is a little harder. Any who i have a bottle of insulin that expired june 2006 before i use it. Should I? running blood sugars in the 400's and up is a pain. Im tempted because feeling comatose is horrible but im affraid that it will hurt me in some way. Any sujestions?? please respond
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I am on Insulin Humalog (Lispro) and Lantus. I have been keeping them in the refrigerator whil at the same time I have been using them. My dosage of Lispro are early in the morning 7 units, at lunch time 10 units and in the evening 8 units. At bedtime, I use 28 units of Lantus. The lantus insulin lasts for almost 2 months while the Humalog (Lispro) insulin lasts 3 months as long as they are duly refrigerated or kept in a thermocooler . If you require additional information, I may supply you. Antaki
My son is a type 1 diabetic...if you want to use less insulin, and yet stay in range, I have found that eating foods low on the glycemic index require less insulin. Also, your best bet is to weigh and measure your food and match the carbs best you can with insulin to keep from needing a correction after meals. Exercise also helps, as muscles don't need insulin to use glucose for energy. Good luck to those that don't have insurance. Diabetes is expensive!!!
For anyone without insurance, INSULIN R,N, AND 70/30 IS AVAILABLE AT WALMART WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION FOR $25/ BOTTLE
Insulin dates and Unopened. Lantis I have used Lantis till bottle was empty 40 days says last for 28 days so I measured my BG and lasted till bottle was empty. SOME GOOD INFO BELOW
NPH is a old insulin comes in three different types can be bought over the counter at Walmart for $24.88 WITHOUT a Script. NPH last 48 days by its paperwork once it has been opened, compared to Lantis. The only draw backs to NPH is that some doctors says shoot it twice cause it is a 12 hour med, But If I am not mistaken it is also a 24 med. That you can read on the paperwork inside the container.
UNOPENED INSULIN REFRIGERATOR -- Best by dates. I have used unopened Insulin Lantis 1.5 yrs after date on container. There was no crystals, NOW IF LANTIS starts to go YELLOW its tossed which has not happened yet. The best thing you can do is use your bottle. If I use a outdated bottle still unopened I just check my BG if it starts to go up I toss the bottle. Hope that helps everyone Mark
i left a slightly used bottle of Lantis at the beach condo and did not return for 4 months. When i used it, it seemed to work as well as the much newer bottle i was currently using.
Don't know if it's right but my instructions on my lantus flex pen say as long as they are fridge rated at 36 degree Fahrenheit to 46 degrees Fahrenheit the exp date is 02-2018 But once I use the pen I have 28 days and not to use afterwards. And if you freeze it to throw away
I have used lantus and humolog for a long time now and I use 1 bottle of lantus every 3 weeks and 1 bottle of humolog every 4 -6 moths it does not seen to loose its efficacy. If you ask me, it's only a way for pharmaceuticals to make more money. We used to use bottle for no more than 3 month in the health field, they saw it was profitable so they changed the expiration times on some insulin and now they are tripling their profits.
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