Which is better storing insulin, in the fridge or in the cupboard?
It is best to store extra insulin bottles you are not using in the refrigerator, but avoid freezing. Insulin can sometimes freeze on the top shelf if it is very cold.
The bottles you are using can be kept in the cupboard for up to a month if it is cool, not exposed to the sun, and not over the stove. If it gets warm in the cupboard, you may want to keep it in the refrigerator and take it out 15 minutes before you use it to let it warm up to room temperature.
Insulin hurts less and works faster when given at room temperature. Never let insulin heat up above 86 degrees Farenheit or 30 degrees Celcius.
Original posting 20 Jun 96
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:50
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