(R) Insulin

By sisson Latest Reply 2012-11-05 13:56:23 -0600
Started 2012-10-18 03:13:31 -0500

Hey every one not to long ago I just started on a new Insulin for myself R and I was told that I was to take it every time I ate. Now did that mean everything everything like a pice of fruit or a pice of candy or a soda or a bottle of juice or even a bag of pop corn before I go to the movies. I do I do that. Oh and another thing how do I take it with me so it don't go bad I have tride putting it with un ice pack it look like a cube of ice but it dont work. Where can I get something so that I can carry it with me.

14 replies

Fefe12 2012-10-25 01:53:28 -0500 Report

I was on 3 units before meals. I was told by the pharmacist to get it to room temp before use. If i forgot to take it out of the fridge i would place it n warm water for a bit. But please watch your eating. Pop and candy are not your friend. Read the labels, they are no ones friend

IronOre 2012-11-04 00:09:31 -0500 Report

just put the three units in a syringe and then let it get to room temp. It will probably take all of ten seconds to do that.
It doesn't make sense to me to get a whole vial of insulin to room temp only to take three units of that.

Fefe12 2012-10-23 02:29:24 -0500 Report

By the way, why are you eating candy and drinking soda? Not only does eating that stuff play havoc with your sugars it doesnt help your weight any.

Fefe12 2012-10-23 02:25:33 -0500 Report

My understanding insulin is stored in the fridge but you cant use it cold. It has to be room temp to use. Its good for 45 days out of the fridge. I also learned you should only be eating no less then two hours apart. This gives your body time to deal with what youve put in it. You need a diabetic educator to teach you how to manage your disease.

IronOre 2012-10-23 21:35:48 -0500 Report

I have never heard about "you can't use it cold" but maybe that is the case, even tho for over 37 I haven't done that.
I do think it depends on how much insulin you take, because I take so little at each dose that it probably warms to room temp as soon as I put it in the syringe.

CJ55 2012-10-24 00:21:04 -0500 Report

I have humalog, humalin, byetta, Lantus & U-500. Vials must be kept cold . That is what my vials say. As for the prefilled pens, after opened you do not have to keep them cold. All DO say discard after 30 days..

CJ55 2012-10-24 00:18:03 -0500 Report

I have been on several different types of insulins in the past 7 years. ALL of them say KEEP REFRIGERATED (vials) and discard after 30 days. However, I am now using prefilled pens and once opened you do NOT have to keep them refrigerated, but it does say to discard after 30 days.. .

IronOre 2012-10-24 12:16:56 -0500 Report

If you want to keep it cold then that's fine with me . . . keep it cold !
Pens not only say that you do not have to keep them cold, it says that you keep them at room temp after initial use (not refrigerated) ~ the very same insulin is in pens as in vials so why would it make sense to need to keep one constantly cold and the other not ?
Yes, it does say discard after 30 of initial use, but if you look at the Lantus pamphlet it says to discard after 45 days.
If you get the time read the pamphlets that come with the insulin.
Here is something from the Lantus site pertaining to temp (room temp 28 days):
Here is something from Lilly about R insulin, it says insulin can be kept a month unrefrigerated:

Fefe12 2012-11-05 13:56:23 -0600 Report

That is what i was taught, that insulin is stored in the fridge but must be at room temp to use. I wrote the date on my pins so i knew when the 45 days were up, then i threw them away. Thank heavens those days are over for me, im on pills now. I know it may change in the future but for now im happy

jayabee52 2012-10-24 00:29:20 -0500 Report

When I was on NPH injections I learned one could keep my active vial out as long as it didn't go above or below room temp the vial was good roughly 30 days before it expired. (I did note a slight reduction in its effectiveness toward the end of those 30) The unopened vials would be good about 3 months in the refrigerator.

IronOre 2012-10-25 02:00:23 -0500 Report

the unopened vials should be good up to their expirartion date in the refrigerator
. . . why do you say "3 months" ?

IronOre 2012-10-18 21:45:47 -0500 Report

Are you sure that it needs to be cold ALL the time?
If you live in a hot climate there should be concern, but room temp is fine.
I have been on insulin over 37 years, and never had any problems with not keeping it cold all the time, including during the day when I take it to work. I almost always put it in the fridge at night, but sometimes I don't.
Here is a link that I found supporting my point: http://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/vod/vo...
Yes, I know there are many things out there made to keep your insulin cold, but those are usually not necessary.

Harlen 2012-10-18 18:53:06 -0500 Report

Look on ebay they have lots of things you can use
And yep every time you eat you give a shot to cover the carbs
Do you know how to count carbs?
You may even think of using a pump ???
Best wishes

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