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- You can keep bottles of insulin at room temperature if you use them up in 30 days.
- Keep extra insulin in the refrigerator. Remember to let refrigerated insulin warm up for about 15 minutes before using it. Throw away all open bottles of insulin after 30 days.
- If you use insulin pens, be aware that room temperature storage guidelines can vary from 10 to 42 days, depending on the insulin type. Check with your diabetes educator or pharmacist.
- Look at the expiration date on each insulin bottle/pen before you use it. Throw out insulin if the expiration date has passed.
- Avoid exposing insulin to direct sunlight or freezing temperatures.
- Do not use insulin that is lumpy, sticks to the edges of the bottle/pen or looks discolored.
Traveling with insulin
- When you travel, keep your insulin with you. Do not leave it in a car or other vehicle.
- It is a good idea to travel with extra supplies (insulin, syringes and test strips).
- Regulations for airline travel may apply. Check with the airline before you fly.
- Keep all medications in their original containers with the pharmacy labels on.
- Talk with your diabetes educator for more travel suggestions.
Source: Allina Patient Education, Gestational Diabetes: When You Have Diabetes During Pregnancy, third edition, ISBN 1-931876-21-6
First published: 11/27/2006
Last updated: 04/01/2010
Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts