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Simple Insulin Storage

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Storing your insulin is really pretty simple.
Using insulin a vial and syringe? Unopened vials stay in the fridge (NOT the freezer!). Once opened, most types of insulin in vials are good for about a month, in or out of the fridge. But because cold insulin really stings, it's best to store in-use vials at room temperature.
Using insulin in a pen? Unopened pens also stay in the fridge (again, never in the freezer). Once you start using a pen, keep it at room temperature. Be sure to check how long your particular pen lasts outside of the fridge. Some last as long as a month, while others must be used within seven days.
What about hot or cold weather? As a general rule, if you're comfortable, your insulin will be, too.
Finally, if you're in a unique situation (such as a very hot climate with no refrigerator), check the package insert for your insulin, or ask your pharmacist or doctor for help.


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