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how do you store humulin (insulin)?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Depends: From www.Drugs.Com "storing unopened humulin (insulin) vials or injection pens: keep in the carton and store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any Insulin not used before the expiration date on the medicine label. Storing after your first use: keep the "in-use" vials or injection pens at cool room temperature, away from heat and light, and use prior to the expiration date. Throw an in-use inject".

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Does humulin (insulin) have to be kept cold?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Depends: Humilin bottles not in use should be stored in a fridge 36-46 f but not in the freezer. Humulin (insulin) bottle you are currently using can be kept unrefrigerated as long as it is kept as cool as possible (below 86 f) away from heat and light. In use bottle should be used within 31 days or be thrown out. Hope this helps.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What must I do right away if I take too much humulin (insulin)?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 33 years experience
It varies: If you are alone and took more than you would normally ever take, you should call 911 because if your sugars drops too fast, you might be too weak or too confused to do so later. If someone is with you, eat simple carbs or drink juice, aiming to keep your blood sugar 200-300 until the Insulin wears off. For humulin or Novolin (insulin) R that's 6-8 hours. (see comment).
Dr. Susan Wingo
Dr. Susan Wingo commented
Endocrinology 33 years experience
Provided original answer
For Humalog, Novolog, or Apidra that's 4 hrs; for Humulin or Novolin N, that's 10-14 hrs.
Jun 6, 2012
A 41-year-old member asked:

Are there any risks in taking humulin insulin?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Only if use too much: It's a safe insulin. Only risk is if you use too much in which case it will cause low blood sugar. Other possible side effects are: thickening tissue/fat at the injection site, pain at injection site, weight gain, pruritis (itchiness), rash, water/sodium retention.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the side effects of humulin insulin?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Side effects: Possible side effects are: low blood sugar, thickening tissue/fat at the injection site, pain at injection site, weight gain, pruritis (itchiness), rash, water/sodium retention.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What happens if i accidentally gave myself humulin (insulin)?

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Which insulin: Humulin is the brand of insulin. Is it regular, nph, humalog, (insulin lispro) mixed insulin, etc? Low blood sugar is high risk, but the timing depends on which Insulin you took, how much you took. Was it your intention to take one form of Insulin and you took another by mistake? Please contact your endocrinologist also.

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