By vgarrison Latest Reply 2008-10-05 03:11:38 -0500
Started 2008-10-02 10:17:35 -0500

I cant seem to spell syrange right so I put needles…hehe

Ok so here is my question…what do most people use to take their insulin. I got the Walgreens brand, but this is the first that I have tried. I am sure there are better out there, so was wondering on opinions.

I did go to the product reviews, but there wasnt that much there…I have no idea how many different brands there are.

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vgarrison 2008-10-05 03:11:38 -0500 Report

I went to Walmart on Wednesday and got some BD syringes. I got the 1/2 ml 1/2 inch 30 gauge. It's the longer needle and guess what…have not had 1 bruise yet. Not a one. It's amazing how much of a difference it makes.

My husband looked at me really funny when I bought the longer needles, but like I told him…doesn't matter short or long, they both pierce the skin the same way, and no more bruises!!!

Thanks for everyone's advice…super appreciate it.


enigmalady777 2008-10-03 15:00:25 -0500 Report

I am also a Lantus user and use the BD Ultrafine II 8mm (short) 31 gauge needle syringe. I find them to be very painless when injecting, as long as I remember to let the insulin come to room temperature. I have started to roll the syringe between my hands for a minute or two to ensure that it's at room temperature before injecting.

I have gotten some mild bruising, but nothing too terrible. They don't hurt, just look nasty, that's about it.

Jlynn 2008-10-02 19:11:19 -0500 Report

There are alot of brands as well as different sizes; it can be confusing but really shouldnt be!! I heard somewhere that the size can effect the dose given and I would have to research on it more, but I believe it…so I would feel more at ease by referring you to your doctor or a wellness clinic,to get the correct size,etc. then go from there, poking dose get easier,,good question..I was taught in icu on a fake piece
And sometimes I wonder if Im doing it all right!!

vgarrison 2008-10-03 04:47:16 -0500 Report

I too was taught in the ICU. My nurse had me give myself my insulin for lunch before leaving the hospital. While in there they kept giving me my shots in my arm…well its hard to see that. He had me give it in my stomach and told me to put it in the fat…hehe…my tummy is all fat I told him so I'm good…I think part of my problem is that I still cringe at every shot…therefore I hesitate…


Jlynn 2008-10-04 19:23:00 -0500 Report

yeah I know the cringe…And I wonder, or rather fear, asking my doctor where and how to give the correct dose, I'd stump her- or confuse me even more with different information then before!!!

vgarrison 2008-10-05 03:07:10 -0500 Report

right now I'm doing it in my stomach, but I really want to try someone else to add to the rotation but im scared poopless…hehehe


bucky 2008-10-02 17:38:34 -0500 Report

BD syringes are available with original needles (1/2" or 12.7mm) and short needles (5/16" or 8mm). BD Pen Needles are available in 1/2" (12.7mm), 5/16" (8mm) and 3/16" (5mm) lengths.

The pain that insulin users may feel when they inject depends on their insulin dose, where they inject, the amount of fatty tissue under their skin, and other factors. Some insulin users prefer short needles because they find them to be more comfortable. However, some people find that the longer, original needle length is more comfortable for them.

If you are overweight, you may not be able to control blood sugar as reliably with short needles. Talk to your doctor or nurse educator to see if short needles are right for you. If you give them a try, you'll need to check your blood sugar regularly to ensure that the short needle isn't affecting your blood glucose control.

Needle Gauge (thickness)

The word 'gauge' rhymes with 'cage' and tells how thick a needle is. Depending on the needle length you choose, you might also have a choice of gauge.

The higher the gauge, the thinner the needle. For example, a 31 gauge needle is thinner than a 28 gauge needle.

BD syringes are available with 28 gauge
(BD Micro-Fine™ IV), 30 gauge (BD Ultra-Fine™), or
31 gauge BD Ultra-Fine™ II Short needles.

BD pen needles are available in 29 gauge
(BD Ultra-Fine™ Original) and 31 gauge
(BD Ultra-Fine™ II Short and BD Ultra-Fine™ III Mini).

Choosing a Syringe Needle Gauge

12.7mm BD syringe needles are available in both 28 gauge and 30 gauge; 8mm syringe needles are only available in 31 gauge.

Some people prefer 30 or 31 gauge needles because they're thinner. Other people prefer 28 gauge needles because they're less flexible.

If you'd like to try a 31 gauge syringe needle, talk to your doctor, because the use of a shorter needle may change your blood sugar control.

vgarrison 2008-10-03 03:56:45 -0500 Report

Bucky, you are a life saver!!! I am on Lantus at bedtime as well as Apidra before meals, the Aprida is going great but the Lantus is leaving horrible bruises. I did some more research on here and some other people have said that Lantus itself is what is bruising, but maybe going to a longer needle would help me for I am overweight, but losing it…yipppeeee

Thanks so much for the info!!!!!!


vgarrison 2008-10-03 13:01:50 -0500 Report

I went out and got the 31 gauge BD Ultra-Fine™ II Short needles today. We will see if they work better. I'm so sick of these huge black bruises on my stomach. They don't really hurt, but with everything else that is going on…one normalcy would be nice.

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