Insulin Queston

By frogqtie2 Latest Reply 2010-09-26 11:33:32 -0500
Started 2010-09-24 11:24:05 -0500

I take medicorman 2Xd, Acrobos before each meal and a sliding scale of insulin. Some days I do not use insulin and I need to know how long it is safe to use. The hospital told me its good (with refridgeration) until the expiration date. The Pharmasist told me its only good for 28 days. Usually at the end of 28 days I have about a quarter of the vial still and have to throw it out…What is the safe time limit?

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kdroberts 2010-09-24 12:14:20 -0500 Report

Do you mean acarbose and metformin? Anyway, the time insulin stays good depends on the type. Most is only good for 28 days or less after you start using it but it will stay good in the fridge up to the expiration date if it's unopened. Have you thought about using insulin pens? They are more expensive than vials but come in smaller amounts per pen so you wouldn't throw any away.

frogqtie2 2010-09-26 08:01:09 -0500 Report

No had never thought about the pens…i have an appointment coming up and will talk to dr about them. Drs don't realize how expensive some meds are. And i did mean metforman and acarbose…spelling is not one of my things…i use novilin. ty for the information.

kdroberts 2010-09-26 08:04:27 -0500 Report

With novolin you have 30 days once opened. Not a lot more but every little helps.

frogqtie2 2010-09-26 08:13:22 -0500 Report

yes that is true. Not sure the pens would work for me. Aren't they premeasued doess? I am on a sliding scasle. sometimes i take only 4 units..others over 10. Its never the same.

rlk-fd-ems 2010-09-26 08:57:59 -0500 Report

I use Lantus® SoloSTAR® Pens they come prefilled. An easy-to-use knob lets you dial in the dose from 1 to 80 units up or down. You can learn more about Lantus at They also have a $25 off coupon for your first prescription on their website.

frogqtie2 2010-09-26 11:33:32 -0500 Report

Thank you very much for the web site. I will talk to my dr about it and see what he thinks. I like the idea of not having to fiill the syringes..sometimes my eyes are not good. :)

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