insulin

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Pharmacy Author: Eni Williams, PharmD, PhD
    Eni Williams, PharmD, PhD

    Dr. Eni Williams graduated from Creighton University in 1988 with a B.S. degree in pharmacy and a Doctor of Pharmacy from Howard University in 1994. She also obtained a Ph.D. in Public Policy in 2009 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Is insulin safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • Insulin is the drug of choice for controlling diabetes during pregnancy, that is, it is preferred over oral drugs to reduce blood sugar. NPH, insulin aspart, insulin detemir, and insulin lispro also are used during pregnancy.
  • Insulins are considered safe to use by nursing mothers.

What else should I know about insulin?

How should I keep insulin stored?

  • Unopened insulin should be stored between 2 C and 8 C (36 F and 46 F); it should not be placed in a freezer.
  • Insulin vials that are being used can be kept at room temperature for up to a month.
  • All vials should be protected from sunlight and excessive heat.
  • Unused insulin should be thrown away after the expiration date.
  • The vials should never be shaken.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/24/2016

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