Do Insulin Pens Need To Be Refrigerated

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Using insulin pens with their cartridges can be very convenient. As an alternative to insulin in vial form and syringes, they can give you confidence, or help if you have visual or dexterity impairments. They are less prone to dosage error, though a pen is not accurate when dosage is 3 units or less. They can be a big help if you are new to diabetes and a bit unsure about things. Pens are the predominant insulin delivery system in most of the world, except the United States, where syringes and insulin vials still dominate. See also injecting insulin. Insulin pens come in 2 basic styles: prefilled which you discard after the insulin is used, or refillable. Refillable pens (Like the Novopen Junior ) are much like fountain pens; insulin cartridges are inserted and changed when empty. Disposable pens (like the Levemir FlexPen ) are cheaper but also less accurate -- the plunger mechanism on the disposable pens is a bit flimsy, and can give inaccurate doses by half a unit or so. You can use either type with a syringe, with some precautions as below. As of January 1, 2010, Novo Nordisk discontinued the following cartridges for refillable pens: [7] Novolin® R PenFill® 3 mL cartridges (Re Continue reading >>

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  1. classicdame

    Insulin, whether in a pen or a vial, does not need refrigeration as long as the temperature is between 45-75 degrees (or thereabouts). Airconditioned homes are generally adequate. However, I keep mine in the refrig so I can locate it quickly. BTW, Byetta is the same way, although it is not insulin.
    Google for the brand you are interested in and check out the mfg website.

  2. sirI, MSN, APRN

    mos insulin pens unused are stored in the refrigerator.
    pens in use are stored at room temp.
    here are lilly manufacturer's recommendations:

  3. GingerSue

    just trying to clarify the material in the med-surg textbook that says not to refrigerate the pens but it doesn't give the reason

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HUMULIN 70/30 - insulin human injection, suspension Eli Lilly and Company INFORMATION FOR THE PATIENT 10 mL Vial WARNINGS THIS LILLY HUMAN INSULIN PRODUCT DIFFERS FROM ANIMAL–SOURCE INSULINS BECAUSE IT IS STRUCTURALLY IDENTICAL TO THE INSULIN PRODUCED BY YOUR BODY’S PANCREAS AND BECAUSE OF ITS UNIQUE MANUFACTURING PROCESS. ANY CHANGE OF INSULIN SHOULD BE MADE CAUTIOUSLY AND ONLY UNDER MEDICAL SUPERVISION. CHANGES IN STRENGTH, MANUFACTURER, TYPE (E.G., REGULAR, NPH, ANALOG), SPECIES, OR METHOD OF MANUFACTURE MAY RESULT IN THE NEED FOR A CHANGE IN DOSAGE. SOME PATIENTS TAKING HUMULIN® (HUMAN INSULIN, rDNA ORIGIN) MAY REQUIRE A CHANGE IN DOSAGE FROM THAT USED WITH OTHER INSULINS. IF AN ADJUSTMENT IS NEEDED, IT MAY OCCUR WITH THE FIRST DOSE OR DURING THE FIRST SEVERAL WEEKS OR MONTHS. DIABETES Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, a large gland that lies near the stomach. This hormone is necessary for the body’s correct use of food, especially sugar. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin to meet your body’s needs. To control your diabetes, your doctor has prescribed injections of insulin products to keep your blood glucose at a near–normal l Continue reading >>

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  1. farmerfudge

    I've forgotton to bring my Novorapid insulin to work twice this week. As a result I've had to make dashes home to fetch it which is a 20+ mile round trip. So I was wondering if I can keep a pen needle at work, but how long would it be good for unrefridgerated? There is no where to store it below room temperature at work.

  2. john.t5

    Hi Fudge,
    I was told when first diagnosed I could keep Novorapid at room temp for 4 weeks, I think room temp is considered as 21deg or below. The office I work in is constantly 21deg or above (apparently it's too expensive to use air con??) and I blame this for my insulin going 'bad'.
    Do you inject directly from the fridge? - sounds painful

  3. farmerfudge

    Hi john,
    No I dont inject straight from the fridge (hell no) but I was just wondering how long I could store it safely at the office so that I have some available when I inevitably leave my normal pen at home.
    Cheers Ben

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Q What is insulin? » Insulin is a hormone that your body produces to help convert the need insulin either because they don’t produce enough, or their bodies can’t properly use the insulin they do produce. Since insulin is a protein and is destroyed in the stomach it cannot be swallowed like a pill. At present, insulin syringes, insulin pens and insulin pumps deliver insulin through the skin. Does going on insulin mean I have done some- thing wrong? » No. Going on insulin doesn't mean you have done anything wrong. It just means that your body needs some help to work better. Insulin is simply a tool to help you better manage your blood sugar levels. For most people with Type 2 Diabetes, over time their bodies aren’t able to produce as much natural insulin as they used to. Insulin injections are a way to give your body what it needs to help keep you healthy and to help avoid the risk of serious complications associated with diabetes. Will going on insulin make my pancreas shut down and make me insulin dependent? » No. It’s a common misconception that when you start taking insulin you become dependent on it and it makes your diabetes worse. This is Continue reading >>

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  1. Type1Lou

    I use NovoLog. Unopened vials or pens should be refrigerated but I was advised that I could keep the NovoLog Flexpen I was using at room temp and then to discard it after 28 days. Now, I'm using NovoLog vials to refill my new insulin pump every 3 days. I keep the opened vial in the fridge and take it out so it warms to room temp before refilling my pump reservoir. My pump trainer said that insulin at room temp is less likely to have bubbles in it and you don't want bubbles in your pump tubing. Doryian and I both deal with the Florida heat as I also believe you do, so Doryian's advice to make sure your insulin doesn't get overheated is "right on". Sounds to me like you're doing the right thing! (You also don't want insulin to freeze, but we Floridians seldom have that problem.)

  2. nzingha

    oh i am no where near or in florida or the usa.. but it does get hot where i am.. i keep the unopened insulin in the fridge… its the one in the pen i was enquiring about.. and it doesnt last for 28 days so yes i have been doing the right thing.. new to this insulin thing.. hate it but my body just doesnt seem to be coping without it so.. such is life…thnks for the info…

  3. shoulders

    No and Yes, No you don't need to keep the pen that you are useing in the fridge. Cause you are going to us that pen up with in 30 days or less according to your units that you use a day. And some of us just leave the pen on our tables, or near our other medicines, and our apartments are cool from the air conditioning. Yes any un-opened insulin pens that you are not useing should be kept refrigerated till you need them. Take Care

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