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Guys - need help about my dad's insulin

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by lovinglife, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. lovinglife

    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    hoping someone can help me here - for various reasons I don't want to go into I don't think my dad is taking his insulin correctly. I have no knowledge on insulin so can anyone answer this :
    If you take 18 units of novamix twice a day how long should one phial last?
    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    steve_p6 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    3ml cartridges, 100 u/ml should be a little over 7 days at 36u/day
     
  3. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Depends on the cartridge/vile size, but each 1ml contains 100 units of insulin, so a 3ml cartridge will hold 300u and a 10ml vial 1000u.

    You also have to take into consideration airshots when working out how long the insulin should last.
     
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  4. lovinglife

    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks both - with that answer I may be wrong hopefully - thanks -
     
  5. lovinglife

    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Nigel - it's a 3ml cartridge - I picked up his script yesterday - everything is on monthly but they seem d to have given 3 months supply of insulin - that's not the only problem but the answer to my question helps me in trying to solve them :)
     
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hey @mahola. Just a thought, could you get a prescription fridge ;);););););)
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    I know a lady who has 4 children and 3 of them are type 1 :wideyed::(
     
    #7 Robinredbreast, Nov 13, 2016 at 7:56 PM
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    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's a lot of fridge space.
    Many a true word spoken in jest.
    Definitely something to be considered in certain cases.
    But I won't be holding my breath.:(:(:(:(:(
     
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    Silas Type 1 · Member

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    Hi.
    I take 18 units of lantus daily and I find my phial lasts 13 days.
    This allows for priming the insulin pen by expelling two blank units before injecting.
    There seems to be considerable variance in time being given so you need to allow some latitude.
    I would suggest 7 days is too short and 14 days would be the maximum.
    I hope this helps.
     
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    Silas Type 1 · Member

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    Bear in mind my daily dose is half the twice daily dose of your Dad. His phial should therefore last around 7 days.
     
  11. spaceman

    spaceman Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    i get mine monthly, basically because I cant store mine in the fridge, because my partner overdosed on my insulin, my insulin is now in a metal cash box inside a metal safe that's backing onto an outside wall. the insulin is always nice and cool regarding your dads make arrangements to see a diabetic nurse as your dad seems to be on a hell of a lot of insulin.
     
  12. lovinglife

    lovinglife Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your reply - I appreciate all input and do realise my dad's amount of insulin is high but-like I said in my opening post there is far more to what is happening with my dad than just the amount of insulin he is on. To be honest that's the least of my worries at the moment it's more important that he is taking it properly than the amount. It seems not at the moment - he is blind deaf very frail lives on his own without any daily help and seems to be on a very rapid decline regards his memory and behaviour- I am at present trying to persuade him to let the GP visit to assess him but my once lovely mild mannered patient dad who has never raised his voice to me in all 54 of my years is changing fast :(
     
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