Only been on insulin for approx. 6 months so this is fairly new to me. how often does insulin go bad within 2 weeks of being out of the fridge? This is the 4th vial out of the same package. I'm careful about temperature extremes, exp dates etc. I am very insulin sensitive so I usually use the vial for 28 days and then discard. Not feeling like I'm getting sick but my bs numbers are like I'm injecting water! I actually hope it is the insulin or else it could be my honeymon is over. :(
What kind of insulin is it? Are you seeing it get cloudy?
Are you re-using syringes?
Novolog and its perfectly clear. and no I don't reuse syringes. Thanks for the quick reply!
I've had insulin go south. If all vials have the same lot number, that's a possibility. I've returned vials to my pharmacy & they've given me a new vial (with a different lot number) with no questions asked.
Another real possibility is that your honeymoon is ending--sorry.
I just checkedmy bs after lunch and a new cartridge of insulin and I'm still getting about the same results.. May be time to call the Endo.
Hi Lisa: I have never had a vial of insulin go bad in 16 years. Sometimes a pump insertion site will go bad, and people mistake that for the insulin going bad, but since you do injections that is not the case. When my honeymoon ended, my I:C ratio changed dramatically. I hope your honeymoon is not over, but keep that in mind as a possibility.
I would test and assess other issues..
E.g. inaccurate basals, carb rations, illness. Statistically insulin is unlikely to go bad after 28 day, bad insulin would be one of the last things I looked at if I had an unexplained high.
Good luck with it.
I think your honeymoon is over and you need (more?) basal.
You do take a basal insulin, don't you ?
Actually not yet, I've seen someone else hear call themselves a type weird. lol I think that describes me as well. My fasting numbers have always been normal,anywhere from 80- mid 90s. My pancreas craps out around lunch and I take novolog for meals or snacks after 11 or so. I have been noticing that my fasting numbers have been going up.
OK, go to your endo immediatly: I think now you need a basal, lantus or levemir.
Hmm, I think garidan is onto something here. You may need basal insulin. You can do lantus or levemir, or if you use an insulin pump you can set your basal rates and bolus for meals. Pumps are good for insulin-sensitive people, since you can precisely tweak. I do think it is good advice to make an appointment with your endo and discuss this.
Just to point out if you miss basal insulin and now you need it because your pancreas doesn't produce it anymore you risk DKA, something really bad.
Phone as soon as you can your endo and tell your data, he knows better than us ;-)