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Is An Insulin Pen Right For You?

Thinking About Trying an Insulin Pen? For decades, taking insulin required a syringe and a vial. Another option for taking insulin began about 20 years ago when the first insulin pen hit the market. Insulin pens, which look like oversize ink pens, generally contain 300 units of one type of insulin or a fixed combination of two insulins. The pen is a convenient, accurate, and discreet way to take insulin. The ability to quickly and easily deliver a dose of insulin wherever and whenever you need is the pen's biggest advantage. Also, if you lack dexterity in your fingers, an insulin pen might be easier for you to manage than a vial and syringe. "When a person's health plan will cover pens, I try to prescribe them," says cardiologist Steven Nash, M.D., of Manlius, New York. "I think they're much easier to use than syringes." Insulin pens are also great for traveling because they're small and can be kept at room temperature. "My insulin pen has made taking insulin easier," says Marsha LaClair, 41, of Austin, Texas, who has type 1 diabetes. "I travel frequently, and now packing to manage my diabetes is a breeze." Reusable and Disposable Pens Insulin pens fall into two categories: reusabl Continue reading >>

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  1. Knob Creek

    Vial and syringe vs prefilled pen

    I currently use lantus solostar pens and novolog flex pens and I'm considering changing to vial and syringe if it can save me money.
    I understand there would be an inconvenience factor involved with a switch like this, particularly since I dose twice a day with the lantus and 2-4 times per day with the novolog. It's also true that I don't have to travel so much theses days and will be home much of the time.
    I'm still trying to figure out the cost difference on the drug website (express scripts) but I was wondering if any of you made the switch from prefilled pens to vial/syringe and how that change worked out for you?

  2. Tamagno

    Personally, I pump and my only experiences with syringes were with a diabetic cat and my mother.
    That said, there's not that much difference, really, if you can see the markings on the syringe clearly.
    And, syringes are better if you find yourself giving very small or precise injections involving fractions of a unit that most pens won't allow.
    The old diabetic's friend, Dr. Bernstein, personally prefers syringes even over pumps.
    You'll have different medical supplies and waste, however, and will have to be sure to bend needle tips on disposal.
    I don't know the current cost of syringes. Good idea to be sure its actually a savings. Novolog is expensive. One place to save would be to switch to Humalog for your short acting insulin. I actually prefer it and use it in my pump. All the hospitals I've been in use it.
    Good luck and keep us posted. A lot of us facing mandated downgrades in insurance may be doing the same.

  3. gfaith

    I think it is about a wash between pens and vials of Lantus. The vials have 1000 units and the pens (5) add up to 1500 units. Then syringes are about $ 20.00 per 90 and the needles for the pens are about twice that cost or $ 40.00 ish.
    You might find lower cost but that has been my take. I just got my PA to give me a Rx of both as I will be traveling soon and pens will be easier then.

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