If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include headache, sweating, shakiness, increased hunger, vision changes, nervousness, tiredness, seizures, loss of consciousness.
It is very important to follow your insulin regimen exactly. Do not miss any doses of insulin. Discuss specific instructions with your doctor now in case you miss a dose of insulin in the future.
Do not share this medication, needles, or syringes with others.
It is recommended you attend a diabetes education program to understand diabetes and all the important aspects of its treatment, including meals/diet, exercise, personal hygiene, medications, and getting regular eye, foot, and medical exams.
Keep all medical appointments. Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., liver and kidney function tests, fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, complete blood counts) should be performed periodically to monitor for side effects and response to therapy.
Wear or carry identification stating that you have diabetes and are using this drug. (See Medical Alert section.)
Insulin is usually stored in the refrigerator, but because different types of insulin have different storage requirements, it is important to learn and follow storage directions for your particular product. In general, store the unopened vial/cartridge/pen in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C). Some devices for giving insulin should not be refrigerated. Consult your pharmacist about how to store your brand of insulin.
Once opened, the vial may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store in the carton to protect from light. Depending on your brand, discard the vial either 31 days or 42 days after opening. Check with your pharmacist regarding your specific brand. Check the labeling on the cartridge or pen for storage after opening and while in use. Most of these products are stored at room temperature for different lengths of time (e.g., 7-14 days). Do not freeze. Discard the insulin if it has been frozen or if it is past the expiration date.
Protect insulin from light, heat, and moisture. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Keep extra supplies of insulin, syringes, and needles on hand.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.