insulin pen

By edvel54 Latest Reply 2011-05-17 19:36:40 -0500
Started 2011-04-22 18:08:19 -0500

So many have talked about using a pen instead of vial & syringe.
What are the pro's and cons on using the pen rather than the syringe.
Is one cheaper than the other?

14 replies

MoeGig 2011-05-17 19:36:40 -0500 Report

If you really want to save money, cut out carbs. On a low/no carb diet, I take half the insulin I would take on a regular relatively low carb diet. The added benefit is, you lose weight. It's like killing two birds with one stone…:>)

I try to live off Lantus alone (very few carbs), but often have to take a small amount of Humalog to supplement…especially if I had a little fruit for breakfast in addition to the eggs. Also, the Doc is switching me to Novalog which is less costly than Humalog (which is not generic).

As far as throwing out insulin after 30 days…never done that, and have never seen a change in control from using out of date insulin. I am assuming the dates are very conservatively indicated by the drug companies to cover their butts…after all it's not pork insulin any more as it was in 1965 when I started this whole project.

carithers 2011-05-17 19:14:51 -0500 Report

New vs old way of doing things. the pen is much easier all the way around. Try it you will like it …best wishes

kdroberts 2011-05-06 08:39:15 -0500 Report

Price is a tricky thing to compare, it's something you have to figure out on your own. For instance, for me, vials are way more expensive than pens because I would end up throwing out a lot of insulin if I used vials as I wouldn't use the whole amount in the 30 days or so it's good for. An example is Lantus. 1 box of pens cost me $191 and will last me 90 days. To get enough lantus in vials for 90 days it would cost me $292 and I would throw away about half a vial every month. Some people who use a lot of insulin will save a lot of money by using vials, others who don't use a lot will save money by using pens.

The pros are that they are easy to use, you don't need a syringe, they contain less insulin so if something does happen (gets too hot/cold, breaks, etc) you don't lose a whole vials worth, they are more durable than vials and they are easy to carry around with you.

The cons are that each manufacturer has different pens and some are much better than others. I don't like the solostar pen which lantus and apidra uses, the kwick pen which is used for humalog an mixes is OK and the novopen which is used by novolog and levemir is very good. There is also limited options if you use 1/2 unit doses. Humalog and novolog have pens that can dose in 1/2 units and use cartridges, no others do. Humalog also has a pen that will save the last 10 doses of insulin you gave which if you are forgetful can be a real plus as you can check to see if you injected and how much you injected.

Harlen 2011-04-22 18:24:02 -0500 Report

The pens are more
The good you can take it any where it's better at giving doeses ,Takes up less room .

nanaellen 2011-04-23 21:43:04 -0500 Report

I guess if the pen costs more I'll be on the syringe forever! :(

Harlen 2011-05-06 19:46:52 -0500 Report

Yjink on a pump ??? its even better

Harlen 2011-05-08 08:38:47 -0500 Report

And this keeps your BS good ???
When I went to the pump I was using 300 uts a day lol
If the lantus works for you then all is well
Best wishes

tj101 2011-05-08 08:50:18 -0500 Report

hi harlen,i was woundering are you still on the pump, are you still using about 300 units,?

Harlen 2011-05-08 08:56:39 -0500 Report

I am still on the pump But when I whent to using the pump it cut my needs to 1/2 of what I was using .Now I use only 150 uts a day now .
And the big thing is my #s are a lot better now then ever before
Best wishes