Insulin Pen Priming

By BreC Latest Reply 2018-04-13 06:56:55 -0500
Started 2018-03-16 08:01:25 -0500

Good morning everyone, hope you have a safe and blessed day… I have been going through some rough days since the beginning of 2018. It started with me having pneumonia and the flu strain called MRSA. My heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen level dropped dangerously low but I pulled through with help from my doctors and some strong medications + I was put on at home oxygen. I have lost 30lbs… To my question, I remember seeing this question but I can't find it now so I will just ask… for those on insulin, am I supposed to and do you prime your flex pens before each insulin shot. I keep meaning to ask my doctor but by the time my appointments roll around and we have discussed other issues, I forget. I do write the questions down but again I/we forget. Any input is appreciated.

11 replies

BreC 2018-04-13 06:56:55 -0500 Report

I come from a long line of family that are/were diabetics. I always suspected that at least one of my kids would be a diabetic. My youngest son was diagnosed about 2-3yrs. ago. He has been on the oral medications but yesterday he was put of insulin. He is using Humulin Vial 7u morning, 7u night. I have never used the vials but my mother is so I can help him a little bit in his learning process. Reading your comments is going to help me to help him.

Conadyl77 2018-04-05 12:00:39 -0500 Report

Hey pal ! Glad you made it . That sounds rough ! On priming before each shot … I always flick and prime 1to2 units just to always make sure there's no bubble headed my way . Especially when your pen has 40 to 60 unit left be sure to always prime throughly and watch for that damn air bubble . Sincerely , Andrew Moore ( type two diabetic )

Elgordito 2018-03-20 13:06:38 -0500 Report

I understood that you only need to prime your pen to let the air out the 1st time you use each pen; once the air is out you should not need to prime it every time.

Oneshotbandit 2018-03-19 13:58:15 -0500 Report

I've just been prescribed Victoza (not insulin), but the pen is made by Novo Nordisk, but it instructed me to "prime" the first time- not the same?

Type1Lou 2018-03-16 16:49:08 -0500 Report

When I was on MDI of NovoLog and Lantus I don'r remember having to "prime" it. Like the other replies, I just dialed up my dose and injected.

msann 2018-03-16 10:22:16 -0500 Report

hello just dial up your dosage how many units you have totake i do 30 at nite 12 in the morning i use lantus me and hubby both good luck

suecsdy 2018-03-16 09:18:09 -0500 Report

I used novalog and lantus for over a year, both in pen form. I just dialed up my dose and injected. How would you even go about priming a pen? But if you check the instructions that come with them, it should say. Hope you're feeling better. Are you still on oxygen?

BreC 2018-03-16 11:18:57 -0500 Report

Hi suecsdy ,yes I am still on oxygen. Probably will be for a while. When I was put on insulin I started with Lantus and Novolog. I now have Levemir and Humalog. I was told back then to prime before each shot. It seems to me that is a waste of a lot of insulin.

suecsdy 2018-03-16 18:41:16 -0500 Report

When I left the hospital, I had a vial and syringe and actually, nobody gave me instruction on how to do it. They gave me all the shots in the hospital. The pharmacist is the one who told me about the pens. So much easier!

cmr55 2018-03-30 12:48:52 -0500 Report

That's exactly happened to me when I got out of the hospital. They gave me the shots and never told me I was going to have to be insulin. So glad to be off.