Do Lantus Pens Need To Be Refrigerated?

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Insulin Pens

Managing diabetes often requires taking insulin shots throughout the day. Insulin delivery systems such as insulin pens can make giving insulin shots much easier. If you currently use a vial and syringe to deliver your insulin, switching to an insulin pen may make it easier to take your insulin and increase your compliance. Insulin pens do not eliminate your need to poke yourself with a needle. They simply make measuring and delivering your insulin easier. Insulin pens deliver anywhere from .5 to 80 units of insulin at a time. They can deliver insulin in increments of one-half unit, one unit, or two units. The maximum dose and the incremental amount vary among pens. The amount of total insulin units in the cartridges vary as well. The pens come in two basic forms: disposable and reusable. A disposable insulin pen contains a prefilled cartridge, and the entire pen is thrown away when the cartridge is empty. Reusable pens allow you to replace the insulin cartridge when it’s empty. The insulin pen you use depends on the type of insulin you require, the number of units you typically need per insulin shot, and the available pens for that insulin type. The needles on insulin pens come Continue reading >>

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  1. semanticistZombie

    Hi all,
    I'll have a flight that'll take some time between 17-24 hours(haven't bought the ticket yet so can't say exact time, this is the range of all possible flights) and I'm using Humalog + Lantus pens. I know there are fridges in planes but there will be a lot of time spent in airports so they probably get hot anyways. I was wondering if anyone here did that before and how did it go. I have a special bug for this purpose but it sucks, I once drove for 12 hours and after 6-7 hours insulins were at room temperature in that bag.
    Any comments would be really appreciated. This flight is making me extremely stressful because of this problem with insulins.
    EDIT: Amazing!! Thanks for all the responses. I'm really relaxed now because apparently it's not really a huge deal!

  2. RealNotFake

    Insulin doesn't go bad if it isn't refrigerated. It goes bad when it's subjected to heat (such as leaving it in the car on a sunny day) or the extreme cold. You won't have any problems taking it on the flight as long as you keep it out of the sun/heat. This info came straight from my doctor and pharmacist. I don't even bother putting my insulin in fridges when I travel anymore if one isn't provided, I just make sure to leave it in the hotel room in a cool place with no sun.

  3. smallteam

    This matches my personal experience, and what I've read in this forum over the last year or two. Room temperature is okay; extremes in temperature aren't. And about hotels, having had insulin frozen and ruined by too-cold hotel mini-refrigerators, I generally avoid them.

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