I left my insulin in my car for 8 hours, is it still good?

Anonymous
By Anonymous Latest Reply 2018-08-02 14:21:20 -0500
Started 2018-06-24 19:18:49 -0500

Humalog. Exterior temp was 83.


4 replies

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2018-08-02 14:21:20 -0500 Report

Talk to a pharmacist. They will be able to tell you if it's ok or not. My guess would be it's not good.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2018-07-07 12:04:13 -0500 Report

Ooops. You can try it and see how it performs. I have a little air cooler pack that I put my insulin in. It keeps it good for up to 48 hours and no ice required.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2018-06-26 09:14:54 -0500 Report

It is highly likely that the high temp inside the car affected the potency of your insulin. The only way to tell is to take your shot and test your BG afterwards. If your BG results are not as you usually get, chances are that you'll need to replace your insulin. (I did this ONCE back in the 1980's while on a summer trip to Nova Scotia…forgot my insulin in the car while we played golf…back then, I was using NPH insulin but I had to replace it.)

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2018-06-25 18:24:32 -0500 Report

Likely YES.

That said, the outside temperature is not the issue, the temp INSIDE the car is the question. They could be very different things. You'll have to watch more carefully for several days and be sure the insulin is giving the results it was before. If its not the same patterns, then you need to seriously consider changing to the next vial/pen.

Don't let it happen again, keep insulin in a fanny pack on your waist