how long can i keep my pens un-refrigerated for?

Views: 338

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

(Refrigerate pens until opening of course.) When my house gets up to 80 degrees, I wrap my Levemir pen in bubble wrap and refrigerate it again in my vegetable bin. Both my Apidra vial (esp. my Apidra vial!) and Levemir pen seem to lose their potency rather easily in hot weather.
On the 4th I used insulin pens that I had unrefrigerated and unopened in my room. I had them in a shoe box for probably over 6 months and it was fine!
We live in the Middle East and it is really hot - We have been told after refrigeration when a pen is opened keep it below 26C 79f. I have had one instance where the heat got to a pen and I could certainly tell the difference as it was much less effective. I have also had pen refills in the fridge which decided to freeze everything, the insulin went crystalline and I had to dispose of it. I now keep the insulin in the can cooler under the water cooler, it doesn't get too hot or too cold there. When we are out and about it goes into an insulated bag with a freeze-block.

RSS

Advertisement



REsources

From the Diabetes Hands Foundation blog...

#MedicareCoverCGM Panel Discussion

If you follow the diabetes online community, you know that #MedicareCoverCGM is a big deal. We have continued to raise awareness on #MedicareCoverCGM because we believe that ALL people living with diabetes should have access to continuous glucose monitors (CGM). With Read on! →

#WalkWithD: Making MORE Sense of Diabetes

  A few years ago, we at Diabetes Hands Foundation reached out to the members on TuDiabetes and asked them to share their perspective of life with diabetes through one of the five senses, as part of an initiative called Read on! →

Diabetes Hands Foundation Team

DHF TEAM

Manny Hernandez
(Co-Founder, Editor, has LADA)

Emily Coles
(Head of Communities, has type 1)

Mila Ferrer
(EsTuDiabetes Community Manager, mother of a child with type 1)

Mike Lawson
(Head of Experience, has type 1)

Corinna Cornejo
(Development Manager, has type 2)

Desiree Johnson  (Administrative and Programs Assistant, has type 1)


DHF VOLUNTEERS


Lead Administrator

Bradford (has type 1)


Administrators

Lorraine (mother of type 1)
Marie B (has type 1)

Brian (bsc) (has type 2)

Gary (has type 2)

David (dns) (type 2)

 

LIKE us on Facebook

Spread the word

Loading…

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.

© 2014   A community of people touched by diabetes, run by the Diabetes Hands Foundation.

Badges  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Service