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Old 02-11-2009, 12:49 PM
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I was concerned that maybe Lucy's insulin was getting too cold.

I came upon this. What do you think?
http://www.diabetes.org/for-parents-...re/storage.jsp


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Old 02-11-2009, 01:09 PM
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It depends where in the fridge you're keeping it. I kept ours stored standing up in the carton in the butter dish area--have heard that's where a lot of other people keep theirs also.

Having it in the door section makes sure that it's not near any of the coils, etc., that get cold to make the fridge operate.

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Old 02-11-2009, 04:44 PM
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I also read last night that Humalin N does not have to be refrigerated after opening as long as it is kept under 86 degrees. Which our house is rarely above 76 in summer and 64 in the winter.
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Old 02-11-2009, 05:14 PM
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A lot of people with diabetes don't keep it in the fridge. No problem with that but if you want the vial to keep potency longer, it should be in the fridge.

If you don't keep it in the fridge, it has about a 30 day life to it.

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Old 02-11-2009, 05:17 PM
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I read that a sign that insulin is too cold is clumps. I have seen no clumps & the milky stuff always mixes right up.

I also keep it in the butter area in the door. We have a bottom freezer & cold air blows out the top. Cold enough to freeze yogurt when we put it in the right place.

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Old 02-11-2009, 05:27 PM
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No matter what insulin we were using, that's where and how it was kept. We used the old Lilly pork Lente at a slower rate of speed because it was U 100 vs U 40 insulin. I could keep a vial of that old Lilly insulin potent for close to 3 months--finally needing to toss it because it was starting to run out of "steam" at that point with about 1/3-1/4 of the vial left. We were always able to use Caninsulin/Vetsulin to the last drop--that kept for about 6 weeks, when it ran out.

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Old 02-11-2009, 05:38 PM
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Do you think it might be useful to note when I change insulin vials? That might give me an idea if I start seeing a change I can't explain.


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