- Never use insulin beyond the expiration date stamped on the vial, pen, cartridge.
- Unused insulin should be stored in the refrigerator, in the lower compartment at 2-8°C.
- Never freeze insulin.
- Never expose insulin to direct heat or sunlight.
- In areas where refrigeration is not available, cooling jars or a wet cloth around the insulin would help.
- The in-use insulin can be kept at room temperature (up to 25 to 28°C) for 28 days.
- Inspect Insulin prior to each use. Insulin which has clumps, or solid white particles should not be used.
- If the insulin you use is cloudy always resuspend it by gently rolling between the palms or moving the vial right to left 10 times.
- Do not shake the vial or cartridge vigorously.
- Never inject cold insulin.
Care to be taken while travelling:
- Carry at least twice your calculated insulin dose.
- Never store insulin in the glove compartment of a car.
- Distribute the insulin in different baggage, as if one bag is mislaid, insulin is still available.
- Always maintain the insulin storage temperature.
- Store insulin in an insulated container to protect from extremes of temperature.
Discard the insulin if:
- The insulin was frozen or exposed to high temperature.
- The insulin has reached its expiry date stamped on it.
- The insulin has reached the open expiry date.
- You can see white flakes or lumps in your insulin.
- Any deposits can be seen in the vial or cartridge which do not mix even after initial rolling.
- The insulin is discoloured or clear insulin is turned cloudy.