Typically the size and shape of a big marker, insulin pens bring insulin in a self-contained cartridge. They are simple to use and growing in popularity.
Some users use insulin pens for all their injections, while others carry them when they are “on the go” and count on less-expensive and more flexible syringes when they are:
- mixing different insulins
- taking an insulin that is not offered in a pen
- at home
Insulin pens are used with pen needles that are sold independently. A new pen needle should be used each time you inject.
Insulin Pen Types
While there are a variety of different brands and designs readily available, many insulin pens fall under one of two groups: multiple-use pens and non reusable pens.
- Prior to utilizing a multiple-use insulin pen, you need to load it with a cartridge of insulin (sold individually in boxes of five cartridges). Cartridges used in the United States today hold 150 or 300 systems of insulin. Depending on the size of your dosages, a cartridge might give you enough insulin to last for several days of injections. When the cartridge is empty, you throw it away and pack a brand-new cartridge. With great care, a reusable pen can often be used for a number of years.
- Non reusable insulin pens come filled with insulin and are thrown away when they are empty. A lot of non reusable pens used in the United States today hold 300 systems of insulin and are sold in boxes of 5. Non reusable pens are usually more convenient than multiple-use pens due to the fact that you do not have to load any cartridges, but they usually cost more to use than multiple-use pens and cartridges.
Pen brand names and models differ from one another in lots of methods. When dealing with your healthcare group to select a pen, there are numerous factors to keep in mind, consisting of:
- The brand names and types of insulin that are available for the pen.
- The variety of units of insulin that the pen holds when full.
- The biggest size dosage that can be injected with the pen.
- How carefully the dosage can be changed by the pen. For example, one pen may dose in two-unit increments (2, 4, 6, etc.), another in one-unit increments (1, 2, 3, and so on) but another in half-unit increments (1/2, 1, 1 1/2).
- The way the pen suggests whether there suffices insulin left in it for your whole dose.
- The styling and appearance of the pen and the material (plastic or metal) that the pen is made of.
- The size of the numbers on the pen dose dial and whether they are magnified.
- The quantity of strength and dexterity needed to run the pen.
- How to correct an error if you call the incorrect dose into the pen.
- The way the pen indicates whether or not there suffices insulin left in it for your whole dose.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Insulin Pens
The reasons that some insulin users choose insulin pens consist of:
- Insulin pens are portable, discreet, and practical for injections far from home.
- They save time because there is no have to prepare insulin from a bottle – it is currently pre-filled in the self-contained cartridge.
- They generally let you set a precise dosage by the simple turn of a dosage dial, which may make it much easier to set a precise dose for individuals who have vision or dexterity issues.
There are likewise reasons insulin pens are not right for all users, consisting of:
- Insulin in pens and cartridges is often more pricey than insulin in bottles for use in syringes.
- Some insulin is wasted when pens are used: one to two units of insulin are lost when the pen is primed prior to each injection; and there is generally some insulin left in the pen or cartridge (but insufficient to inject) when they are consumed.
- Not all insulin types are available for use in insulin pen cartridges.
- Insulin pens do not let you mix insulin types, which implies that if the insulin mix you need is not offered as a pre-mix, two injections need to be given – one for each type of insulin.
- Insulin pens should just be used for self-injection. This is due to the fact that the pen needle must be gotten rid of from the pen after each injection, and there is no way to entirely secure the individual providing the injection from getting unintentionally supported the needle while he or she is eliminating it from the pen.
Also read: Insulin Pumps: Feautures
BD pen needles are readily available in boxes of 100 and can be used as replacement needles for all insulin pens offered in the U.S. consisting of the following brands:
- Apidra® SoloStar®
- SymlinPen® 60 & 120
- Humalog® KwikPen™
- HumaPen® LUXURA™ HD
- Humulin® Pen
- Lantus® Solostar®
- Levemir® FlexPen®
- NovoLog® Mix FlexPen®
- NovoPen 3® / NovoPen Junior®
Also read: Insulin Pen Needles