Insulin Pens

By Shadowlynx1972 Latest Reply 2009-04-18 06:52:24 -0500
Started 2009-04-16 19:52:44 -0500

My doctor and I just sat down and talked about options for me to recieve my newly prescribed insulin shots. I was told about a pen that works just like our lancet device. You put it up against your skin and then push a button and the needle injects itself and as you continue to push the button the medicine will despense as well. I have not been able to find that pen or the name of it. I have a MAJOR phobia of needles. Most pens you have to inject yourself before you push the button…Does anyone have a clue as to what pen this is?

11 replies

alwaystryin 2009-04-17 13:50:11 -0500 Report

My Wife's DR put her on lantus Cartridges? Is that the same as a pen? Not that I know anything (yet) about them!

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-04-17 13:40:38 -0500 Report

Here are the products I think you're talking about. It sounds to me like they aren't truly insulin pens. But rather that you place a regular syringe inside them and then it injects you automatically.

Autoject 2® is an automatic insulin injection device. The appealing feature for those fearful of needles is that it completely hides the syringe and needle from view.

NovoPen Junior® is an insulin pen specifically made with children and teens who may be fearful of needles. It completely hides the needle and has a one-touch release button that quickly injects the insulin.

Inject-Ease ® is an injection device that is also designed for those fearful of needles by completely hiding the needle. It uses a standard 100, 50 or 30 unit syringe but only works with BD brand syringes.

Shadowlynx1972 2009-04-18 00:01:13 -0500 Report

Thanks John, these are what I am looking for. I was told about them from a lady who was diagnosed with gestational diabetes…Now that I know the name of them I can ask my doctor about them. I have had a HUGE phobia about needles since I was a small child and it has NEVER gotten better. Thank You SO much!

Carol11 2009-04-17 10:31:10 -0500 Report

I use the Novopen Jr. for my NoveRapid, it distenses io 1/2 units if you need them and A different one I forget the name for the Lantus. I use cartridges for both. I think the disposible types are a waste of precious resources in my opinion.

kdroberts 2009-04-17 07:44:55 -0500 Report

It's not really quite what you describe, I believe it's meant for people who have a hard time gripping and seeing things. If it's what I'm thinking of it's still a syringe that you need to fill and you will still see it, it just makes it easier for some people.

I like the pens, you "stab" yourself and push down on the plunger and you're all done. It's very easy and you can get varying lengths of needles. I use the 5mm ones and sometimes the 7mm ones on my lantus solostar and humalog pen/kwickpen depending.

vgarrison 2009-04-17 00:26:23 -0500 Report

There is a pen like that. I have heard of it, but unfortunetly I don't know the name of it. I believe that has it on there. Good luck


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-04-16 20:17:32 -0500 Report

I can't believe your doctor didn't give you a prescription for it if he's advising you to begin that route. I use the Lantus Solostar pen for the slow acting insulin I take each evening, and Novolog Flexpen fast acting insulin as directed by my doctor. Surely your doctor is going to prescribe one for you and show you how to use it.

Both the ones I mentioned use the same needle. You do push the button in the pen to inject the insulin, but the needle must be inserted first. I rarely even feel it at all and use my abdomen
and my thigh area as sites. It's really no big deal, so I would not be concerned.

Good luck!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-04-16 20:22:01 -0500 Report

I was just looking at your Profile and it says you are already getting 4 injections each day. Now I'm confused. Are those for your diabetes?

Shadowlynx1972 2009-04-18 00:03:05 -0500 Report

Hi Di, I was just given the shot schedule yesterday at my doctors office and can not start the shots until I see the Diabetes Educator to be shown how to do them. They have been prescribed but not being taken yet.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-04-18 06:52:24 -0500 Report

Thanks for clearing that up. I wish you well as you get started with your injections. The needles truly are so small that you shouldn't feel a thing most of the time. If you do occasionally feel something, it is very slight.

2009-04-16 20:16:46 -0500 Report

I haven't ever heard of that, pretty neat trick if it exists! As far as the fear of needles thing, you'll get over that, cause insulin syringe needles are really thin.