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How many test strips do you use a month?

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by RoDnEyBoY, May 12, 2014.

  1. RoDnEyBoY

    RoDnEyBoY Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Evening all,

    Just thought I'd ask the question, as I seem to be running low on test strips and especially since I've read some nightmare stories on here regarding GPs and such like!

    As I've mentioned before I am on a pump now and have been asked to do lots of fasting and testing to get my mu basal rate right, however this is eating into my supply of strips.

    So wonder world of Diabetes UK how many do you use on average a month?

    RoDnEyBoY.
     
  2. david6026

    david6026 · Well-Known Member

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    I use 4 boxes a month think there's 50 in the tube ..


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  3. Alanp35

    Alanp35 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I get 3 boxes a month




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  4. mo1905

    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    I avg 4 or 5 tests per day.
     
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  5. jazglo

    jazglo · Member

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    I test on average 11 times a day.
     
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  6. JacHibbert

    JacHibbert Type 1 · Member

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    I used to get 4 boxes per month (50 test strips in each), but since going on my insulin pump I now get 6 boxes instead.
    My surgery was very accommodating about the increase when I asked.
    Hope this helps.
     
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  7. PaulinaB

    PaulinaB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I can easily go through 6 pots per month. I do at least 10 tests per day.
     
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  8. chatterton

    chatterton · Member

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    I'm on injections and I get roughly 250 to cover 8 checks a day


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  9. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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  10. sammyc123

    sammyc123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was diagnosed 12 days ago and I've used about 180....I was afraid at first but now I actually kind of enjoy it lol.


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  11. RoDnEyBoY

    RoDnEyBoY Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Wow thank you for posting that I'll take it with me when I see the GP (back up) as I think I need double the amount the give me on prescription.
    £25 a pot in the chemist, not cheap are they.

    Thank you.

    RoDnEyBoY.
     
  12. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    No although the NHS won't pay that for the strips. I honestly think if you use your strips wisely and put them to good use then the cost is justified, I'm forever grateful for the NHS that we have and long may it last.
     
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  13. RoDnEyBoY

    RoDnEyBoY Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well I know a lot of bad press is on-going concerning the NHS but it has been great to me.

    Never take it for granted.

    Cheers

    RoDnEyBoY.
     
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  14. sammyc123

    sammyc123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Have to say although it is early days (only gone for one repeat) but the gp surgery were most helpful...they actually offered to increase the quantity on my prescriptions to save me from having to order as often in the future. I don't pay a single penny for anything - can't fault the NHS!!


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  15. iHs

    iHs · Well-Known Member

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    Rodneyboy

    Using a pump, you should be bg testing fairly frquently and therefore should need approx 250-3 00 strips per month. Some days, you will need to test loads and some days, a bit less. If thrre is a problem with the prescribing due to cost, make a compromise by changing to a bg meter that is reliable but also has cheaper teststrips. You could also possibly change to a cheaper insulin, like animal.

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  16. Lucie75

    Lucie75 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    On average I do 8-10 tests per day as I'm also on a pump. If questioned by my gp I would remind them that this is completely justified (i.e. having to test before & after eating, before driving, basal testing etc etc etc). If enough test strips aren't prescribed then the cost of the pump wouldn't be justified as we wouldn't be using it properly. I do a bulk order with my gp and get 15 boxes of 50 strips every 3 months so I'm not continuously going back to get more. I'm expecting them to start asking questions again at some point. You only need a gp on a bad day...
     
  17. Auckland Canary

    Auckland Canary Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh any enjoyment will soon wear off I can pretty much guarantee that! :)
     
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  18. Wurst

    Wurst Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I get 500 strips prescribed every 3 months , roughly equates to 5 a day. Bare minimum in my opinion.
     
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  19. phil55494

    phil55494 Type 1 · Active Member

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    I get through about 200 in a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. At the moment I'm probably using more than I have done recently but like yourself I'm now on a pump and need to test more to get it set up right for me.

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  20. RichardFromHampshire

    RichardFromHampshire · Active Member

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    I go through at least 10 per day.
     
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