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January 13th, 2006, 10:05 AM
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As my family has only been in the diabetic world for only 7 months(seems like it has been years), I recently found out that our "d" supplies have expiration dates. I must have missed that part during our inital crash course at the hospital.

I know our Lantus is good for 30 days unrefridgerated, what about it being stored in the fridge? & Ketone strips are only good for 6mos from the bottle being opened, but what about Novalog or the little bottle we use to code our meters with?

I need to add this to my memory bank (not too sure how big it is..hahaha) b/c I want to do the best I can do for my ds as well as I know all of you here want to too...thanks for the help

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January 13th, 2006, 04:57 PM
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Most insulin they say 30 days in/out of the fridge. When Lantus is not refrigerated, our experience was that it could turn in less time than that. We would get little "clumps" in the insulin, expecially if the weather was warm. Novolog will still be good, just maybe not as potent. We use the insulin pen as a backup & do not switch it out every 30 days.

You can get ketone strips in foil wrapped packs from your pharmacy. Each strip is indivdiually wrapped, and therefore you don't need to waste a bottle because you needed to use a strip or two. If they don't have them at your local pharmacy, you can order online from Diabetic Express--they carry them.

I am bad at control solution. I don't even know if I know where we have any....nevermind the expiration

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January 14th, 2006, 02:41 PM
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As far as the Novalog, Lantus, basically any insulin it is good for 30 days. I would recommend keeping it refridgerated because otherwise it can turn earlier than that...especially if you live in a warm area. I live in Florida so is is warm year round. I keep all my insulin in the fridge and if I have to go anywhere I keep it in an insulated lunch bag with ice.
The ketone strips I get are the individually wrapped ones as well. I get them at the Pharmacy that I used to work at. If you ask the pharmacy that you usually get your supplies at they may be able to order some for you if they don't have them readily available. Some smaller pharmacies don't keep things on hand unless there is a customer that needs/want them.
The control solution should have an expiration date on it or on the box the meter came in if it came with the meter.
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