Keeping Insulin Cold

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   Posted 4/27/2006 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I've read in a couple of forums that people carry coolers or cold packs to keep their insulin cold. All I've been doing is taking my insulin when I go to dinner in a regular diabetic kit. I've never heard of keeping them cold. I leave them in the refrigerator when I am at home, but never heard it was a big deal to keep it cold for the time it takes to go to dinner. Could someone tell me the correct way to carry my insulin? I understood that it was good for 28 days once the vial was open. I still put it in the refrigerator. Will the insulin go bad if I have it out for 3-4 hours if I go out to dinner?

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   Posted 4/28/2006 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
No it won't go bad in that short of time. WHen I travel out of town for a couple of days I make up a few pre loaded needed and carry them in an insulated pack and always keep it away from heat.
Best rule of thumb is if you keep it cool, even without ice pack, it will be good for 10 days.
If you are traveling, keep it in an ice chest, in a sealed plastic bag on top on other things, don't let it touch ice or sit inside icewater in chest and you are good to go.
Hope this helps
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   Posted 4/28/2006 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 4/28/2006 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll tell you a little secret. (Shhhhhh!) I have to buy my own meds - no insurance- and I use my vials until they are gone. Doc told me that as long as my morning sugars were ok, it was working. If you're buying your own insulin you may want to ask your doc, too.
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   Posted 4/29/2006 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   

:::chuckles::: I have insurance and my manufactuerer of Byetta (a refigerated med) says to use the injectible for only 30 days and then throw away whatever is left.  Well, like Jeanie, I use it ALL and guess what.  It works with no ill effects!!

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