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Test strips

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Flamingo74, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. Flamingo74

    Flamingo74 · Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone experienced a change in readings when changing test strips? I’ve bought a different brand and my levels are really low - 3.5 - 4.6.
     
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    xfieldok Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    What are you using?
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Which machine have you changed from and to? What is the diff in readings?
     
  4. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Did you change meter too? If not are you sure the test strips are compatible with your machine?
     
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  5. Flamingo74

    Flamingo74 · Well-Known Member

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    IMG_0320.jpg this is my machine and the strips I have switched too. I thought because they are code free they would be ok.
     
  6. Rokaab

    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Just because they're called CodeFree does not mean they will work with any meter, your machine will need the strips made for it, test strips made by other companies won't work (ie may just give random numbers)
     
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  7. Flamingo74

    Flamingo74 · Well-Known Member

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    I’ve ordered my usuals now :)
     
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    ianf0ster Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    The SD CodeFree is a particular brand of Blood Glucose Meter. So those Test Strips are meant for that brand of BG meter - not yours !
     
  9. Flamingo74

    Flamingo74 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m such a numpty!!
     
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    ally1 Type 2 · Expert

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    In the past, I tried using different strips to my meter. Never again lol
     
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    Oldvatr Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No. You are not. In the old days I can remember that every time we had a new batch of strips we had to enter a code from the box into the meter to tell it what calibration adjustment was needed. Then they managed to encode it into the strips themselves, so new meters are 'code free' in that this step is not required. But yes, I use a meter called a Codefree, which is its brandname and not related to the strips.
     
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  12. Paulm80

    Paulm80 · Well-Known Member

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    I find it I buy strips for my contour off eBay they are very consistent , although when I buy from chemist (when I run out and forget to order as they are twice the price)
    My reading on the ones from the chemist are lower, not massively - maybe it’s coincidence ?
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    You most certainly are not! This whole business can be a minefield and we ALL make a few mistakes along the way! x
     
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