I was given 4 boxes of unopened Humalog by my diabetic nurse. It had belonged to another patient who had passed and the info had been black markered out and a sticker placed on the expiry date. I used the insulin and found that my sugars were high to often and was increasing the dose until I was up to 30-40 at some meals. In hind site I realize that is way to much insulin to take for my size, weight and eating habits. I had weight loss that I excused through alot of excercise thru my work. I was always tired which I also associated with long days of full on excercise. I can see now that is was the energy level I was keeping at high that helped me to coast along with high sugars and not send me into lows as it should have with the amount of insulin I was using. The Humalin I was using at night time was my own from my pharmacy and I even increased the dose of my night time because things were not right during the day. I did not have enough knowledge of the symtoms to question my abiltiy to manage my diabetes. Missing the signs put me into the situation of having a serious DKA attack. I have no idea how this insulin was stored or why a patient had four boxes at one time but it sits on my mind that the insulin I used was compromised in its travel and/or storage before coming to me and the issue of being 10 away from expiry when a usual 3 years is good before expiration date. Does insulin loose its strength during a period of possible incorrect storage. I have may questions but start with this one.
Insulin dose has nothing to do with your size, it has to do with what your blood sugar is. It could loose it strength if it wasn't stored right. The nurse should not have done that, as much as it makes us miserable to see meds thrown away, but that is what has to be done. She could get in trouble for it. So don't spread it around there. Its good until expiration so that wouldn't be the problem.
- Humalog Information for Consumers
- Humalog Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Humalog (detailed)
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