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7/21/15 8:21 P

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I was told to do the same thing with my insulin pens. It is important to make sure your pen is primed.

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5/5/15 1:54 P

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I have never used a syringe so I would not know about the expense. My sister has a different medication that she uses a syringe for. You have to mix the medicine in the bottle, then draw it into the syringe, make sure no bubbles, then inject. With the pen you screw on the needle, air test ( I have had nothing come out occasionally), dial your dose and inject.

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5/5/15 2:10 A

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Ok, that's what I meant. I'm curious for those who use pens if they find them easier to use then a syringe? Also, are they more expensive?

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5/5/15 2:06 A

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No, you dial up the amount you want on a circular dial at the end of the pen, and then you stick the needle in and depress the plunger until that dose is injected.

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Could you explain how a pen works differently from a standard syringe? I assume that the amount is pre-dialed and then you automatically inject the right amount?
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I am using pen insulin and my educator told me the same thing. Only she said that I could dial to 1 and not waste so much. When you start a new pen you definitely need to prime the pen.

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If using a standard syringe then you can (but don't have to) very slowly push the plunger down until all the air bubbles are gone after having tapped the plunger with you nails to get the air bubbles to come to the surface while holding the needle facing up. When the first drop of insulin appears you stop and start injecting. Technically this is only necessary with intravenous injections, not with subcutaneous (under the skin ) injections like insulin.
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I take oral meds so I don't know, but sounds like a waste of insulin to me.

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It would seem to me that doing it as it sounds like she was saying would waste a lot of insulin. Could she be meaning to get any air bubbles to float to the top, then slowly push the plunger until that bubble is pushed out of the needle? I know that is what I was always told if giving a horse a shot of any kind (I don't do insulin). Would normally be to make sure that an air bubble didn't somehow get into a blood vessel.



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I went to a class taught by a diabetes educator the other day, and she told us that we should always do an "air shot" before we inject ourselves with insulin. In other words, dial up 2 units, point the insulin pen upwards, and press the plunger. This is supposed to make sure that the dosage we dial up after that is correct. Otherwise, it might be inaccurate.

I've had diabetes for several years, but I've never heard of anything like that. Is that a real thing? I did what she said and I got a stream of insulin shooting up to the ceiling. It seems strange.

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