Hi CherieHello all,
So,I would appreciate answers to the following questions:
Is it safe for insulin to be hot before it is opened?
Once opened, must it be refrigerated or is room temp ok?
Does insulin have to be discarded within 28 days of being opened?
Is it a bad idea to take insulin before eating a meal?
How long can you safely wait to inject insulin after eating?
Thank you so much,
INsulin should not be hot. It should be kept below 85 degrees. I get mine in 3 month batches, I keep it in the fridge until I open it. Once I open a vial (or pen if thats what you use) that one can be kept at room temperature for around 28 days. You will use most vials or pens before 28 days. As for timing, depends on the type of insulin. Lantus or Levimeir are long acting basal insulins that are usually taken once day (sometimes twice). That one it doesnt matter when you eat because they dont peak like fast acting insulins do. For an insulin like Humalog or Novolog (fast acting insulins) they should be taken about 15 mionutes before you eat. I do know sometimes people take them after eating, but for better control, its better to take them 15 minutes before you eat. That way it is peaking just around the time you are spiking.