Do you take special precautions with your insulin in the summer heat?
Here are some tips on storing your insulin supply, and how to keep track of your insulin’s effectiveness:
Storing unopened insulin: Insulin should be kept, unopened, between 36 – 46 degrees Fahrenheit/ 2 – 8 degrees Celsius, and if your insulin supply is stored at the recommended temperature, it should be effective until the listed expiration date. The expiration date is listed on both the bottle itself and the packaging.
Storing opened insulin: Once the rubber stopper of an insulin vial or pen is punctured, it is considered open. Open vials can be stored at controlled room temperature for 28 days, and then it must be thrown out. Open insulin pens should be stored at controlled room temperature for 7 – 28 days (this range depends on the kind of pen you use – read the package insert for specifics). Write the date that you opened the vial or pen on it in a permanent marker, to help you keep track of when it should be considered for disposal.
Looking for ways to keep your insulin cool while on the move? Check out these storage options:
- Frio - ice-free insulin cooling packs
MedAngel – smart thermometer for medication
Medicool Insulin Protector – insulin-specific ice pack
TAWA Insulin Cooler Travel Case – insulin cooler traveling case
Need more information on managing diabetes in hot weather? We have you covered!