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Pen or Syringe?

Discussion in 'Insulin' started by type1harley, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. type1harley

    type1harley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I want to know what you use and your opinions.

    If anyone's interested, I use Lantus pen once a day and NovoRapid 3 times a day.

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  2. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Most definitely a pen, had my fair share of using a syringe in my early days and wouldn't want to go back there again. Like you I inject Novo 3x and Lantus 1x.
     
  3. runner2009

    runner2009 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Nobelhead I've only used a pen a 75/25 mixture twice a day. My insurance will only pay for syringe and non-mixed insulin. I like the pen, but what is the practical difference between the two from your experience?


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  4. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    For me it's all about ease and convenience, with the pen you just load a 3ml cartridge and it lasts for weeks and you only have to change the needle each time that you inject, also with a pen like the Novopen Echo you have the added bonus of dialling insulin up in half units, the pen also has a memory function built in that shows you how much time has lapsed since you last injected and how many units you dialled. The small needles that are now available for the pens is also a plus and I use the smallest available which is the 4mm.

    Syringes to me are old school and a bit like comparing bg meters to the Clinitest Urine kit I first used when diagnosed before bg meters became widely available, you can't change the needle and you have to draw up the insulin from insulin vials (although I appreciate some come pre-filled), plus they a less discreet compared to a pen which just looks like a bulkier version of a normal Biro.

    Hope that explains things from my point of view.
     
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  5. robert72

    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    If I was still on your twice daily regime Burt, I wouldn't have a problem with using syringes - well, unless it was the old glass and metal ones we had to boil once a week. :eek: At least you would have the opportunity to give a correction dose of quick acting if needed, which you can't do with pre-mixed.
     
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  6. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Rob, refresh my memory, what size needle were they that went on the glass syringes?
     
  7. robert72

    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    27g 5/8 inch
     
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    iHs · Well-Known Member

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    They were made by Gillett (razors) I still have one somewhere. The plastic luer connector was orange

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  9. Tyronnster

    Tyronnster · Active Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I want to know what you use and your opinions.

    If anyone's interested, I use Lantus pen once a day and NovoRapid 3 times a day.

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    Defo same

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  10. borderter

    borderter Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I also love my echo pen and as im knocking on a bit the memory function is perfect
     
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    Tyronnster · Active Member

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    Just seen the echo pen

    I'm a bit of a nerd would love one of them

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  12. TwinkleToesKirsty

    TwinkleToesKirsty Other · Member

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    I have tried both, and much prefer the pens! They are so much easier to use and carry with you. Plus, drawing up from a vial in public always feels rather odd!


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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    Yes I remember those and the orange colour. Much prefer the pens, Novorapid x 3 and Levemir x 1, Levemir are disposable pens. .Like Noblehead,I wouldn't want to go back to syringeso_O
     
  14. runner2009

    runner2009 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My new health plan ( USA based) wanted to switch me of 75/25 pens to syringes because "only old people with poor eye sight and nerve damaged fingers use the pen".

    What a joke. I had to complain and write a memo and pay the premium to keep the pen. I would never go back
     
  15. uncle

    uncle Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Lantus and Novarapid pen here as well 5mm needles. I have only ever had this so don't know what anything else is like. But these are so easy, keep in fridge until needed then once on use no need to keep cold.
     
  16. type1harley

    type1harley Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's not right... You should tell your diabetes nurse.
     
  17. leeemerick

    leeemerick Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    New to insulin and not used syringes.
    Pens I find are very easy to use and convenient.
    A mate of mine always uses syringes and never tried pens. Think he enjoys the funny looks he gets when injecting.
     
  18. CarbsRok

    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I always used syringes. I hated the pens with a vengeance. I always mixed my insulin in the syringe thus 3 injections a day rather than 5. Using a pump is loads better though :)
     
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    jack412 Type 2 · Expert

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    runner is under the USA health system..the one that makes the UK with all its flaws, look gold plated :)
     
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  20. leeemerick

    leeemerick Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    For all we moan about the NHS in this country we are bloody lucky to have it.
    How much it would cost us otherwise for care and treatment doesn't bare thinking about (in my opinion anyway)
     
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