Diabetes & Glycerin allergy

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/16/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a type II diabetic who has occasionally taken insulin shots when my blood sugar becomes high due to illness, injury, etc.  Unfortunately, I have developed a severe rash while taking shots and after several months of prednisone treatments & shots, I still have some of the rash. I was previously aware that I am allergic to glycerin, but neither me or my doctor were aware that insulin shots contain glycerin. It appears all insulin is made with glycerin. Has anyone else encountered this problem?

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 12/16/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
What type of insulin are we talking about? Personally, I found a difference between Lantus (insulin glargine) and Levemir (insulin detemir). The rash thing I've encountered with Lantus and the reason I switched to Levemir. I understood it then as a "Ph level" thing, with Levemir being less alkaline.

From what I know, GLYCEROL (not different than glycerine) is only in the Levemir Penfill and not in the vial of Levemir insulin. Guess the cartridges in those pens needs glycerol for viscosity? PH of 7.4

Lantus, however, has glycerol in both vial (85%) and syringe (85%). Ph of 4.

Edit Note: glycerol & glycerine are the same thing
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

Post Edited (Phishbowl) : 12/18/2009 6:21:42 PM (GMT-7)

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