Need an answer ASAP!!

By _Ricky_S_ Latest Reply 2013-08-05 08:32:53 -0500
Started 2013-07-12 13:09:49 -0500

So I'm at work and I was in a rush and forgot my pen. I have a pen that's been in my car for over a few weeks and I know it's not good to leave it in the heat. But I do need to dose myself soon. The thing is, I live in Arizona. It's been over 110 for the past few weeks. I know the that heat breaks down the insulin and it won't work as well. But my question is will it hurt me by using it. Not pain wise. But insulin that does not work as well is better than none at all. Should I even try and use it? Thx for your help in advance!

8 replies

margokittycat 2013-07-16 23:40:27 -0500 Report

I would go ahead and use it. You are correct that it won't be as effect, you may have to take a little more than normal.

Rebelove 2013-07-15 10:19:08 -0500 Report

I'd call your doctor and ask what you should do…Just a thought. Hope it all turns out alright…keep us posted! :)

Type1Lou 2013-07-14 13:56:17 -0500 Report

I know this is too late to be of any use to you but…I wouldn't chance using insulin that's been subjected to extreme heat over a period of days/weeks. It is probably ineffective and may do no harm but why chance it? I'm assuming that this was your fast-acting meal-time insulin pen? If so, I would have just skipped eating until I could dose with an effective insulin. I would discourage taking a larger dose as previously suggested below…if the insulin is not totally inert, taking a larger dose (how much larger????) could put you at risk for severe hypoglycemia. I also like Harlan's suggestion to take the time to get your meds…if home is too far, your doctor might have been able to call a closer pharmacy for you to pick up what you need.

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-12 22:51:15 -0500 Report

It most definitely weakens it but if there is no way you can get somewhere you have fresh, good insulin, use it and just up your dosage! A lot of some weak insulin is better then nothing at all.