When abroad, double-check your insulin

Insulin Tips

If you purchase insulin abroad, it may be in U-40 concentration rather than the U.S. standard of U-100. Always measure and inject U-40 insulin with a U-40 syringe, and U-100 insulin with a U-100 syringe.

Other things to consider when taking insulin abroad:

  • Time zone changes. Talk to your doctor about insulin and medication adjustments across time zones.
  • Supply. Bring twice as much insulin as you anticipate you'll need in case you're delayed unexpectedly, break a vial, or run into other problems.
  • Back up plan. Know how you'll get access to insulin at your destination should you need to.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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