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Q: How long can insulin go unrefrigerated?

March 12, 2009 | By Jen J. | 9 answers | Expired: 2092 days ago

Jen J.

My vet instructed me to keep my cat's insulin refrigerated. I left it out one day and now I am worried that it may not work as effectively. Considering my cat's glucose is still not regulated sufficiently, I am anxious to know in case I should purchase a new bottle.

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Kmchapins1
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Mar 13, 2009

According to the ADA's website at: www.diabetes.org/for-parents-and-kids/diabetes-care/storage.jsp a bottle of opened insulin will stay good for up to a month unrefrigerated.

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ChristineNicole
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Mar 13, 2009

I am an insulin-dependent diabetic. As long as your insulin doesn't freeze or doesn't get warm, it's fine. It will be fine at room temperature for easily a day or more. I used to carry my insulin with me all the time, without refrigerating, because I used multiple injections daily, and it was never a problem. Plus, I now have an insulin pump, and pumps don't keep their insulin cool. The insulin is in the pump, right next to your body! Hope this reassures you!

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ChristineNicole
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Mar 13, 2009

Just wanted to add that the insulin in the pump gets used withing 2 to 3 days. My bottle of insulin stays in the frig.

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