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What should I tell my doctor?TOP
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- episodes of hypoglycemia
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to insulin, metacresol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
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How should I use this drug?TOP
This medicine is for injection under the skin. Use exactly as directed. It is important to follow the directions given to you by your doctor or health care professional. Your doctor or health care professional will tell you how long to wait after you inject your dose before eating a meal. Most of the time, you should wait about 30 minutes. You will be taught how to use this medicine and how to adjust doses for activities and illness. Do not use more insulin than prescribed. Do not use more or less often than prescribed.
Always check the appearance of your insulin before using it. This medicine should be white and cloudy before mixing and uniformly cloudy after mixing. To mix, roll the vial gently 10 times in your hands. Do not use it if it is colored, if it has solid particles in it, or if it does not mix.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What if I miss a dose?TOP
It is important not to miss a dose. Your health care professional or doctor should discuss a plan for missed doses with you. If you do miss a dose, follow their plan. Do not take double doses.
Where should I store this drug?TOP
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store unopened insulin vials in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze or use if the insulin has been frozen. Opened vials that are in use may be kept at room temperature to decrease the amount of pain during injection.
Humulin 70/30 vials (open vials currently in use): Store at room temperature below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). May store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw opened vial away after 31 days.
Novolin 70/30 vials (open vials currently in use): Store at room temperature below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Do not refrigerate or freeze. Throw opened vial away after 42 days.
Insulin 70/30 Pens: Store unopened pre-filled pens in a refrigerator between 2 to 8 degrees C (36 to 46 degrees F). Do not freeze or use if the insulin has been frozen. After opening, keep this medicine at room temperature, below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) or cooler. Do not store in the refrigerator. Once opened, the insulin pen can be used for 10 days. After 10 days, the insulin pen should be thrown away.
Protect from light and excessive heat. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date or after the specified time for room temperature storage has passed.