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Insulin smell strong or not ?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by anna29, May 29, 2013.

  1. anna29

    anna29 Senior Moderator

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    Hi All .

    How do you find the smell of your insulin ?

    Levemir insulin was much stronger a smell to me .
    Made me feel 'queasy' actually .
    Used to hold my breath when doing my injections .

    Animal porcine insulin isnt as strong a smell yet I expected to be the other way round .
    As in animal pig smell 'more' I would have thought :think:

    Anna .
  2. hale710

    hale710 Legend

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    I'm very sensitive to smells so both my Novorapid and levimer smell string to me!
  3. Hellbunny

    Hellbunny Regular

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    I can smell it when I put my nose to it, for me the novorapid has a stronger smell but I don't mind it

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  4. hale710

    hale710 Legend

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    I don't go out of my way to smell it, but if I accidentally spray a bit on my clothes when testing the needle I can smell it for ages afterwards!
  5. qbix

    qbix New Member

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    Very much so. I usually spray my 2 units of novo rapid used for priming the pen into a wee box before lunch. One time I forgot to out the lid on and my colleague across from me. He thought it was petrol :eek:. To me it smells really medicinal, a bit like jays fluid.

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  6. noblehead

    noblehead Legend

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    Insulin has a distinctive smell about it although I don't find it particularly unpleasant.

    I can't comment if the newer analogue insulin's smell stronger than pork/beef insulin's as the smell (animal insulin) was masked by the strong smell of...... was it surgical spirit that glass syringes were kept in?.....just forget what the solution was but it was very strong, what made it worse was the advice then was to clean the injection site with said solution :(
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    Keith300-01 New Member

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    I remember having to clean before injecting yes it did smell , man at my work recognised the insulin smell right away when I was priming my pen as he has a diabetic dad , wife says it smells like a hospital ;)


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    Novo rapid, to me, always has a "medical" smell, I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of...I quite like it though :D


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  9. Thundercat

    Thundercat Senior

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    I'm on Lantus and Novorapid. They have a smell but I don't find it particularly strong and don't mind it. Maybe I've just grown accustomed to it

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    I find that novorapid has a strong smell similar to surgical spirit. I guess that i'm so used to it now that it doesn't really bother me.
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    Levemir always has a musty smell to me - a bit like old bookshops ! :crazy:
  12. Fetchmeacoffee

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    Novorapid always reminds me of hositals lol
  13. picklebean

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    yeah, mine smell not too great, but they're by far not the worst things I've smelt! haha! :lol:
  14. Pauperess

    Pauperess New Member

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    My hubby always comments that my Lantus stinks. I can't smell it at all, could be water for I can tell!!


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  15. Hooked

    Hooked Senior

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    Me too!
    Cal me weird, but I love the smell of my insulin; and the smell of hospitals. I can only put it down to having too much fun messing about in the children's wards when I was younger. :wink:
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  16. askme4pars

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    All of the human based insulin I have ever taken has a very distinct smell. One I have never come across anywhere. It is like a face to me, there is no other exactly like it. Extremely unique.
  17. Ellajane

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    Humulim m3 is hardly febreeze! When I do my "two to test" my friends run a mile :')
  18. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Legend

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    Hi, I find both of my Insulins very strong smelling and very clinical too ( NovoRapid and Levemir), it's not nice at all. Someone once said it reminded an aquaintance of their's of Whisky ?

    RRB :)
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  19. DonnaC-T

    DonnaC-T Senior

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    Insulin smells of hospital to me. Or hospitals smell of insulin. Not sure which! X
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  20. Robert 2170

    Robert 2170 Senior

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    Yes I think that as well like a hospital smell
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