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Is my insulin now useless

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by NaijaChick, Jan 22, 2020.

  1. NaijaChick

    NaijaChick Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello Dia-Besties

    Just a quick question. I put my fridge up to the highest level to get it extra cold but I forgot to set it back to a normal Temperature. My insulin was in a container at the back of the fridge.
    Basically the fridge got so cold that a coke can popped and now even though the insulin still looks like liquid, is it any good?

    I know that you have to be worried about heat but is cold an issue too?

    I’ve just got my new prescription and I hate that I might have to throw them away.

    Thanks for any advice.

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  2. sno0opy

    sno0opy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    General guidelines are that if you suspect you insulin has ever been frozen it should not be used. Suspect this will be on your packet also, if your not 100% sure you could call your local pharmacist.
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  3. MeiChanski

    MeiChanski Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Frozen insulin is not useable so you’ll have to get a new prescription for new batch of insulin.
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  4. Antje77

    Antje77 LADA · Moderator
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    If you're sure it has been frozen, bin it, it won't do a thing. When not sure, you can either bin it to avoid highs, or try it out and test a lot to make sure it works. This is only an option when you're very sure you can do so safely.

    Accidents happen, I had to bin 2 months worth of insulin after finding out my fridge had been too warm for over a month.
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