What happens if you freeze Lantus?
If insulin is frozen, do not use. You will not be able to inject the insulin if it is frozen. Do not use even after thawing. Freezing temperature will break down the insulin and then it will not work well to lower your blood sugar.
Can Lantus insulin be frozen?
Lantus can be refrigerated until the expiration date. Once the expiration date has passed, Lantus should be thrown away. Before you inject Lantus, remove it from the refrigerator for an hour or two—cold insulin can be more painful to inject. Do not allow Lantus to freeze.
What temp is too cold for insulin?
According to the product labels from all three U.S. insulin manufacturers, it is recommended that insulin be stored in a refrigerator at approximately 36°F to 46°F. If you are using ice, avoid freezing the insulin.
Can insulin be kept in the freezer?
Do not store your insulin near extreme heat or extreme cold. Never store insulin in the freezer, direct sunlight, or in the glove compartment of a car. Check the expiration date before using, and don’t use any insulin beyond its expiration date.
What happens if I forgot to refrigerate my insulin?
Insulin products contained in vials or cartridges supplied by the manufacturers (opened or unopened) may be left unrefrigerated at a temperature between 59°F and 86°F for up to 28 days and continue to work.
Is it OK to inject cold insulin?
Most insulin makers recommend storing it in the refrigerator, but injecting cold insulin can be uncomfortable. Make sure it’s at room temperature before injecting.
Does insulin go bad if too cold?
If insulin is exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures for too long — even just 60 minutes — it can break down very quickly, to the point of not having any real impact on your blood sugar.
Does cold weather affect insulin?
Just like extreme heat, extreme cold can affect your insulin and cause your glucose monitor to stop working. Don’t leave supplies in a car when temperatures outside are below freezing. Do your best to avoid getting sick.
How long can Lantus be left out of the refrigerator?
When storing insulin pens, make sure the cap is on to protect it from light and remove the needle to prevent air bubbles and contamination. And you can keep most insulin pens — opened or unopened — outside the fridge for 28 days, the same length as most vials. These include: Insulin glargine (Lantus Solostar)
How long can Lantus stay unrefrigerated?
If refrigeration is not available, unopened Lantus may be stored at controlled room temperature (≤86°F, ≤30°C) for a maximum of 28 days. Lantus should be discarded 28 days after first use, regardless of refrigeration.
How do you keep insulin from freezing?
Insulin stored in the refrigerator can sometimes freeze, too. Keep it closer to the door of the fridge to prevent this. If you think that your insulin has frozen, throw it out and start a new vial, pen or pump reservoir. The protein in frozen insulin denatures and won’t work in the same way.