Insulin Pen Needles
Insulin pen needles and disposable syringes come in a variety of lengths and widths to suit all body types.
From 12mm to 8mm and now down even to 4mm, the needle length you choose is likely to be dictated by your size, children being likely to benefit from the shorter 6mm size.
Your healthcare team should be able to advise you as to the best needle for your body shape. When it comes to injecting, to reduce any likely pain it is essential to get the right kit and use the right technique.
Hence, be careful not to fall into sloppy habits as they might lead to irritation at the site of injection, and result in your overall irritation at sore injections. You should also rotate your insulin injection sites.
Insulin needle guides
Read product guides from Sue Marshall with user reviews for insulin needles and accessories. You can buy pens, needles and accessories from the Diabetes Shop.
Certain needs like dexterity or ease of use for young users may be satisfied with the Autopen from Owen Mumford.
The shortness helps guarantee that insulin injections are subcutaneous (under the skin) and not intra-muscular.
Comfort Point insulin pen needles are compatible with most commonly used pens and which are siliconised with beveling.
MyLife Penfine Needles don't need to be screwed in and click to let you know they're in place.
NovoFine needles from Novo Nordisk are among the shortest and thinnest available.
Owen Mumford's Unifine Pentips are ultra-thin pen needles.
Avoid any possibility of an accidental finger prick with the Novofine Needle Remover from Novo Nordisk.
Always use new needles
Use new needles either for each injection or at least change them once a day.
Do not inject through clothing (or only very rarely).
If you’re an ‘old hand’ at injecting it might be worth your while to have a quick refresher on best practice for injecting to make sure you’re doing it right
Needle technology has evolved and needles have become small, thin, and pain-free. They should be the least of your problems
Needles ranges fit on most insulin pens
Most of the following needle ranges fit on most insulin injection pens, certainly all the Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly pens (Novopens and Humapens) as well as the Autopen range from Owen Mumford, and all are available on prescription.
Gauges and needle length
The measurements that are part of the needle descriptions relate to how long the needle is, but also if it says 31G then the G (or g) is a reference to the gauge of the needle. This donates the thickness, size, or capacity.
The two factors of gauge and needle length will contribute to perceptions of pain when injecting.
The longer the needle is, the harder it is to ‘pressurize’ the insulin through; so it needs a bigger hole down the middle.