Insulin Pen Needle question

By HealthyinNJ Latest Reply 2014-03-20 12:30:23 -0500
Started 2012-10-10 13:05:43 -0500

For the insulin pen users, is there a specific needle that you like to use? Or do you use whichever one the insulin pen comes with? I'm curious if one needle is better than the other. Thank you

6 replies

granniesophie 2014-03-20 12:30:23 -0500 Report

I'm like Old Biker-on Lantus and I got a scrip for 8mm needles for it. I change each night, because I don't want it to clog up, and also because I keep finding veins, so I don't want to keep using the same needle! I am bruised all over my stomach from the veins I catch.Not so much fun! I have 4 boxes of needles on each refill, so I don't ever run out!

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-10-25 21:20:39 -0500 Report

I change my needles every time I take a shot,sure it is costly,being safe ,rater then having an infection is far better then the improper use.I havent ever reused any since having this. I'm not real sure if there is a different gauge of needle for the pen, I use the gauge that was prescribed to me. ask your doc about the different gauges if any at all,the thinner the better,less pain to endure.

Armourer 2012-10-17 04:57:15 -0500 Report

I use three pens for my meds, the insulin one (Lantus & Humalog) don't come with needles and a separate scrip needs to be had for them. I'm pretty fast in using the pen up, so I don't change the needle until I get a new pen. If your dose is small then I'd change it every few days.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-10-13 18:26:42 -0500 Report

The pens I have used don't come with a needle and the dr writes a prescription for them as well as the pens. I'm not aware of any pens having them. In fact the samples I was also given didn't even have any with it.

old biker
old biker 2012-10-10 14:21:52 -0500 Report

My insulin pen doesn't come with a needle..I buy a box of pen needles they are 8mm (5/16")length 31 gauge..It works just fine for me. I am on lantus solostar an that's the pen needle my doctor wrote me a script for