Lantus storage

By alwaystryin Latest Reply 2009-04-23 14:02:46 -0500
Started 2009-04-23 10:49:47 -0500

Just got a couple Lantus Solostar pens as samples from the DR. Directions indicate that "in-use" Pens should NOT be refrigerated. Am I missing something here as far as traditional storage as I know it?

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Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-04-23 13:36:59 -0500 Report

No, when you start to use your pen you want it at room temp, the other one you can put in the frig until ready for use…Isn't it great? No more cold shots, and you can transport them so much better…Good luck…I remember before the pen, my son would not spend the night away from home because of the hassel of keeping the insulin cold, now it is so much better for him…hope you like the pen…Have a grat day…

DJ 2009-04-23 11:36:05 -0500 Report

Lantus solo-star Pens…Awesome!! Once you take it out of the fridge, you keep it at room temp.,and it will remain usable for 28 days, so much easier then Vials..I agree!!

alwaystryin 2009-04-23 12:39:07 -0500 Report

Wonder why the vials can be either room temp or refer'd?

Sarguillo 2009-04-23 13:33:24 -0500 Report

Pens are pretty mucht he same as vials. I use vials and syringes. Damn, I wish my hospital offered the pens, but my plan states vials. Keep in fridge untill you start to use. when you start to use, take out, keep at room temp for 28 days. Here is a link to the American's Diabeteses association's take on this:

Remember, pens and vials are interchangable in this article.

alwaystryin 2009-04-23 13:58:49 -0500 Report

Forgive me for talking funny, and I might slobber all over the place too. I am now wearing my very first set of Upper Dentures for the first time! Like a new toy…

It is going to take all I have to not beat this one to death. But my Wife's Mom and her Mom NEVER had insulin at room temp. And why is it different for Vials as opposed to Pens? Must be the actual container that the Pen has. Talk about learning something everyday!

Sarguillo 2009-04-23 14:02:46 -0500 Report

use what works for you. Most people dont like a cold shot. I prefer not to take a cold shot. The pharmacy stores their pens and vials in refers. It is now accepted to thaw out and use at room temp. But if you want to keep in refer and shoot cold, I dont think that it will affect the insulin. The body will warm it up soon.

bigjrm45 2009-04-23 11:27:08 -0500 Report

no thats what good about the pens once you start useing them you keep them at room temp, so whan you travel to work or where ever you do not need to take along the ice packs to keep them cool,I love my pens both Lantus and Novalog you do not waste as much as the vials at the end of the month.

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