By pdr Latest Reply 2010-12-21 19:13:55 -0600
Started 2009-09-24 18:16:53 -0500

Why does insulin burn while you are injecting it? Do I need to talk to my doctor about this?

22 replies

PAT L 2009-09-24 23:15:37 -0500 Report

i use insulin also an i keep the bottle in my desk once i take it out of the frig. also if i shoot almost 90` of the skin it burns, so now i look for a fatty area an shoot at 45` an it doesnt burn, but the big factor is to find some fat to shoot it into, also pinch the skin to make a ripple an shoot it into, that gives the insulin room to go into.. hope it helps for this is what i do twice a day…

dstlouis 2010-12-21 19:13:55 -0600 Report

I use both Novalog pen at room temp, and Lantus injection kept in the refrigerator. I do this because I accidently took the wrong insulin & had to go the hospital!
I pinch the flesh and find that it only burns if I inject too fast. I go straight in, and the temp doesn't matter. Good luck everybody. Hope this helps.

pdr 2009-09-25 08:15:43 -0500 Report

I do pinch the skin when I give myself a shot. Maybe, I just need to leave it out of the refrigerator.

PAT L 2009-09-25 12:03:31 -0500 Report

when you open or use a bottle leave it out, an at room temp, an before you use a new one leave it out overnite before u use it…cold insulin does not feel good. also shake the bottle before you take any out unless its the clear one…which is a quick acting one..

pdr 2009-09-25 19:40:01 -0500 Report

By the way you should not shake the insulin you should roll it between your 2 hands

jtausch 2009-09-26 01:17:06 -0500 Report

Lantus can sting because the ph is different than what you body's is they make it this way so it will work in your system and be slow acting. That is also why a lot of people say's it stings even at room temperature

hbkunkel 2009-09-24 19:57:07 -0500 Report

I use the Lantus Solo pen and once I start using it, it doesn't need to be refrigerated and then pen must be used within 28 and then thrown away. It doesn't burn me at all and I take 60 units at bedtime.

pdr 2009-09-24 19:58:46 -0500 Report

Maybe, I need to talk to my doctor about using the pen.

Ms Kat
Ms Kat 2009-09-24 21:15:36 -0500 Report

I use the Lantus pen and have the burning also. I thought it was from the alcohol pad I clean my tummy with. After a few minutes it stop burning.

Harlen 2009-09-24 19:47:59 -0500 Report

I did this too
1 is it cold when you do it?
2 do you inject it fast?
3 where are you giving the injection?
4 what size needle are you useing?
5 and last are you giving it strate in?

pdr 2009-09-24 19:57:33 -0500 Report

I do the insulin when it is cold. I skip around on places to give it. The pharmacist told me it was a good size needle since I take so much…58u-60u at one time.

mamaoak 2009-09-24 19:35:47 -0500 Report

well i was told keep it at room tempeture mine did that the dr said to keepit at room temperature i did and it did not burn or have that sensation after that.

pdr 2009-09-24 19:54:51 -0500 Report

I will have to try it at room temp. I do take 58u-60u of Lantus at bedtime…so it is a large dosage.

kdroberts 2009-09-24 20:43:22 -0500 Report

That size dose of cold lantus will burn. Once you start using a vial or pen it has the same lifespan in the fridge as it does out so you might as well leave it out. Unused vials or pens should be kept refrigerated though.

kdroberts 2009-09-24 18:55:09 -0500 Report

The solution it's suspended in can burn when injecting, especially if you are injecting large amounts. One way to help is try longer needles.

pdr 2009-09-24 19:52:59 -0500 Report

I store the insulin in the refrigerator…should I not do this?

Pepperment patty
Pepperment patty 2010-06-02 17:29:23 -0500 Report

I also have the burning when I inject Lantus ONLY once in a while. I just thought maybe it was when I hit a vain, I give my shots in the belly , also use it room temp.

scottylarue 2010-06-02 17:42:32 -0500 Report

I have been lucky for the shots don't often hurt, but when they do, wow what pain. I have wondered if I am hitting a nerve? I am obese so I have plenty of fat to inject into…

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