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For how long do you use a vial of insulin?

      Less than 1 week  
  2%   (17)  
      1 to 2 weeks  
  5%   (44)  
      2 to 3 weeks  
  5%   (44)  
      3 to 4 weeks  
  26%   (195)  
      4 to 6 weeks  
  26%   (199)  
      More than 6 weeks  
  33%   (248)  

For how long do you use a vial of insulin?

Poll dates: March 21 - 28, 1999
Total Votes: 747

Children with diabetes often use very little insulin at each injection. While insulin makers recommend discarding an opened vial of insulin after one month, parents often find themselves wondering why they're throwing out half a vial or more of insulin.

Over half of respondents (59%) report using a vial of insulin for more than four weeks, with a third using a vial for six weeks or longer. If you find unexplained high blood sugar levels after using a vial of insulin for four weeks, you should discard it because the insulin may no longer be effective.

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:36:16
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