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Insulin out of the fridge

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by NaijaChick, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. NaijaChick

    NaijaChick Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi all

    So I am on my first international holiday and I left my insulin in my suitcase for about 48 hours. I honestly forgot about it. I’m wondering if it’s still ok to use/ how will I know?
    Do I need to purchase some here?
    Any advice please.
     
  2. Carlton1512

    Carlton1512 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I've never had a problem with insulin being not refrigerated. After all the insulin in your pumps/pens in not permanently chilled, my pump is kept in my trouser pocket most of the day, which is far from cool!
     
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  3. kaylz91

    kaylz91 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    if it isn't as effective as it usually is then it may be compromised but that's the only way you'll know
    xx
     
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  4. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Should be ok for the usual 28 days unrefigerated.
     
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  5. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    It will be fine for at least 4 weeks, just like pens in use, provided it isn't too hot where you are.
    After that it's wait and see. How long do you plan t stay away and for how long do you have insulin with you?
     
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  6. NaijaChick

    NaijaChick Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m in Illinois and will have enough now for while I’m here.
     
  7. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    I meant if you'll be away for longer or shorter than 4 weeks, as your insulin will be fine for that period.
    You might get problems with your insulin if you're going to be away for 3 months and enough insulin for that period has gotten warm. You won't have a problem at all if you're only away for a couple of weeks.
     
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  8. Jaylee

    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi,

    Has your suitcase containing the insulin been in the "hold" of a plane?
     
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    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @NaijaChick I'm assuming you normally have to inject insulin everyday right? I'm also assuming that doing this at home you keep your daily dose (insulin pen) with you and not in the fridge, right?
    If this is the case, then there is no reason why it'd be a problem on your holihos so long as it's been kept at a room temp or 15-20C but any guys reading, check me if I'm wrong
     
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  10. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Perfectly right, but it's also fine if it's kept between above freezing and about 28 C or even a little higher :)
     
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    Jaylee Type 1 · Moderator
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    .... & hopefully it hasn't spent 9 or 10 hours traveling in the hold at high altitude. ;)
     
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  12. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Nowadays the holds are usually kept above freezing, so likely not a problem either :)
     
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  13. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    I wouldn’t like to take the chance.
     
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  14. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Neither would I, but more because of the risk of not being reunited with my luggage at the end of the flight than because of the temperature.
    However, NaijaChick has already arrived at her destination, insulin and all, so I wanted her to know her insulin is probably fine, even if it has travelled in the hold.
     
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  15. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    @Antje77 @Jaylee ... Depends on the hold temp controls which in turn TOTALLY depends on the a/c type. Aircraft ceilings don't matter at all when it comes to jets as they're (for all intents and purposes) flying at much the same height.
     
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  16. SueJB

    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well if it's been in the hold, I've read it's useless. Sorry
     
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    EllieM Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well, if it isn't working then your blood sugar will probably go up quite quickly.... But as others have said, it really depemds on whether it's been frozen....
     
  18. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    Not true. Usually the hold is kept at 7 degrees Celsius or above.
     
  19. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    Sorry @SueJB .... just not true. Take that to the bank from a tarmac load controlling manager that has considerable experience with a LOT of aircraft :)
     
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