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[IP] High BG Update - Bad Insulin
Well after nearly two weeks the nightmare has cruised to a stop. My
escalating highs Turned out to be from'bad' Humalog - two bottles in a row -
more than likely from the same lot, and certainly on the same prescription.
Never had bad insulin in 35 years! In my younger years I hitchiked through
Guatemala with insulin, unrefridgerated in my backpace without problems. In
the tropics! Hot. Course Humalog is not as stable.
Don't know whether it came that way [ and no, sorry to say, I didn't notify
Eli Lilly of the problem with lot 3's in hand, (I threw out both bottles as
soon as I figured it ou.)], or whether I ruined it inadvertently by heat or
something. I've had the bottles about 5 months.
Anyone know the shelf life on Humalog - refridgerated, that is.????
I had opened a new bottle when all this started, but didn't think to check
the lot #'s or dates. I finally decided to just 'try' out the backup bottle
I bought last week and voila within 1 hour I was going hypo (since I'd
doubled all my basals and it didn't take long for my body to respond to the
I think it's wise to remember that when insulin goes bad it doesn't not work
outright, it loses potency- in my case about 45% - or just enough to work
'a little' but not enough. Put it on your check list guys and date that
refriderator group with a black marker, to avoid the issue.
Many thanks to all those who responded so readily. I was scared - and a
Veteran at that!
Love to all,
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