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Does Humulin Have To Be Kept Cold
Yes: Store new (unopened) vials in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees f (2 and 8 degrees c). Do not freeze. Certain brands of the medicine may be stored at room temperature, below 77 degrees f (25 degrees c) for up to 6 weeks (42 days), if refrigeration is not possible. Check with your pharmacist to see if your brand can be stored at room temperature. Keep Humulin (insulin) N vials in the carton to prot. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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". ...Read more
Biosynthetic drug: Humulin and other brands of human insulin such as Nolovin are produced by inserting human DNA with the sequence for insulin into a common bacteria called E Coli and then the insulin produced is purified from the bacterial soup. Insulin has been made this way since the 1980s and is identical to the insulin we produce ourselves ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Not time released: Humalin is a "long acting" Insulin with a peak at 8-12 hours. It peaks at dirrerent times in different individuals as well as interpersonal variation day to day which is why it is difficult to regulate hepatic glucose production. A truely time released or better stated: even dose Insulin like glargine (lantus) avoids peaks in Insulin and lows in glucose and is therefore safer. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
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