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  1. EFKilroy

    EFKilroy New Member

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    Hi,
    I am Elzabeth and my 12 year old female cat, was Kanika diagnosed last November.
    I am working with my vet to get her BG under control.
    She's getting 2 units of Lantus Solostar 100 every 12 hours.
    The BG went down but then went back up. One of the things the vet suspects is that the insulin got weaker after a month.
    Has anybody dealt with this problem?
     
  2. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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    Lantus lasts longer than a month of kept in the refrigerator.
     
  3. EFKilroy

    EFKilroy New Member

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    Thank you for your response.
    Could you tell me how long it expect it to last?
     
  4. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

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  5. EFKilroy

    EFKilroy New Member

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    Thank you so much. I'm afraid I might have frozen it. I put it in an insulated bag with freezer pack when transporting it to the vet's office. Live and learn. Expensive mistake.
     
  6. Sarah Smith

    Sarah Smith Member

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    Welcome to you and your kitty :cat:
     
  7. FurBabiesMama

    FurBabiesMama Well-Known Member

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  8. Juliet

    Juliet Well-Known Member

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    It could possibly be that she is bouncing when you see the numbers go back up. She’s been used to high numbers and when they start Togo lower it’s as if the body panicks at being lower than usual and bounces high again. It does level out. Two units is a very high starting dose and unfortunately often chosen. Y vets to start out on. I did the same and followed my vet advice until i came here and learned A LOT and changed to follow the protocol here

    http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/threads/lantus-levemir-tight-regulation-protocol-tr.1581/

    I follow this one:

    http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/forums/lantus-glargine-levemir-detemir.9/?prefix_id=3

    My cat was off insulin very quickly following this protocol and was off for three years before losing his remission.
     
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  9. Stephanie & Quintus

    Stephanie & Quintus Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the board! You've come to the right place :bighug:

    Normally not, but if it did freeze indeed that could be a problem. Seconding what @Juliet says above about bouncing, particularly on 2ui.

    You'll find many people experienced with Lantus in the insulin-specific forum: http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/forums/lantus-glargine-levemir-detemir.9/

    For all your questions about FD, head over to the main forum: http://www.felinediabetes.com/FDMB/forums/feline-health-the-main-forum.28/
     
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  10. Veronica & Babu-chiri

    Veronica & Babu-chiri Well-Known Member

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    Welcome!

    As they said normally Lantus lasts a lot more, even with out refrigeration kept at room temperature it should last about a month, but if it got frozen that could have damaged it ,is it still clear?

    Before you go throwing the insulin away if you testing at home if you are it would help to see the numbers you are getting, the insulin needs of a cat can change with times and maybe he just needs a dose adjustment
     
  11. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Well-Known Member

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    Hi Elizabeth,

    Frio pouches are great when you need to keep insulin cool outside the fridge, e.g. on trips to the vet's office. You just soak the pouch in water and the gradual evaporation of the water keeps the pouch contents cool. The pouches come in a range of styles and sizes. Here's an example:

    https://friouk.com/product/small-wallet/


    Mogs
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  12. EFKilroy

    EFKilroy New Member

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    I want to thank you all so much. I have been using the Tight Regulation protocol at my vet's direction. Kanika started with just a dose of 1 unit in November 2017 and we have gradually gone up to 3 units. We also transitioned her to eating Purina Pro Plan DM Savory Selects.
    I'm hoping that all of this helps.
     
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