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Accidental use of expired insulin - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, my husband dropped his insulin container today and found a bottle under the refrigerator of N. He put everything back in his container & put it in the fridge. He just went in and took 15 units of N, and realized that it was pretty empty. He then looked and found another bottle of N in the fridge that was the bottle that he had dropped. In looking at the bottle that he took the insulin from, it is dated from 2007 and has apparently been under the fridge since. Other than not being much use as insulin now, is he in any danger, has he poisoned himself?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   since he has used the expired and not properly stored medicine first of all it will not give the insulin effect
Doctor :   secondly it may or may not cause any local reaction
Doctor :   he needs to take the regular insulin shot from the new bottle again
Doctor :   do not throw the old bottle for now
Doctor :   keep a watch on him for the next 6 to 8 hours
Doctor :   if he develop any untoward symptoms present to ER with the bottle
Doctor :   the most likely complication you need to watch for is
Doctor :   dizziness, vomiting, rapid heart beat, difficulty in breathing, fever, localized reaction like swelling and tenderness at the site of the injection
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