Insulin is usually stored in the refrigerator, but because different types of insulin have different storage requirements, it is important to learn and follow storage directions for your particular product. In general, store the unopened vial/cartridge/pen in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C). Some devices for giving insulin should not be refrigerated. Consult your pharmacist about how to store your brand of insulin.
Once opened, the vial may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store in the carton to protect from light. Depending on your brand, discard the vial either 31 days or 42 days after opening. Check with your pharmacist regarding your specific brand. Check the labeling on the cartridge or pen for storage after opening and while in use. Most of these products are stored at room temperature for different lengths of time (e.g., 7-14 days). Do not freeze. Discard the insulin if it has been frozen or if it is past the expiration date.
Protect insulin from light, heat, and moisture. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Keep extra supplies of insulin, syringes, and needles on hand.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
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