How Many Ways Can Insulin Be Administered?

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Administration Of Insulin

Are all insulins the same? No. You may be prescribed 1 or more types of Insulin. Normally your body makes insulin all day, but increases production at meal times. Therefore, you may need a long-acting insulin and a short- or rapid-acting insulin. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist to determine what type you need to use. Why is insulin injection only? Insulin cannot be taken in a tablet form. If we swallowed insulin the digestive enzymes in our stomach would break it down before reaching our bloodstream. Therefore, all insulin must be injected into our body. It is most commonly given as an injection directly under the skin. Certain types of insulin are injected in the vein but this must be done by a doctor or nurse. Insulin can be supplied in different ways. These options include an insulin PUMP, an insulin PEN, or an insulin VIAL. Recently, a patch/pen device has been approved, but is not available yet. This device is a pump-patch-pen combo and does not require batteries to release the insulin. Types of devices used for administering insulin: VERY IMPORTANT POINTS Use same area for injections. If you inject into thigh, always use thigh. OK to inject into right or left thigh. If you Continue reading >>

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  1. She ra

    Is 1 ml 100 units on an insulin syringe? (for dog vaccine)

    that is my question, is 1 ml 100 units on an insulin syringe. I looked it up and there are many a couple of different answers, most of them say 1ml is 100 units....
    What say you my friends?

  2. furball64801

    No its not try taking a bottle and put 100 units in the syringe, I know its very confusing but you could not put a bottle in it.

  3. kgordon

    100u insulin is 100 units/mL.
    500u insulin is 500 units/mL
    40u insuilin is 40 units/mL.
    and so on . . .
    The typical vial here in the states is a 10mL bottle which contains 1000 units. It's important to make sure that the syringe one is using is marked for the insulin one is using. Syringes marked for use with 100u insulin come in sizes to hold either 100u (1mL), 50u (1/2mL) and 30u (.30mL). It is possible to use insulins of other strengths in these syringes but you would first have to convert as the marks are no longer valid for insulin of other strengths.
    So, to answer the question. Yes, if you have a 100 unit syringe marked for use with 100u then filling it up to the 100u mark will fill it with 1mL of 100u insulin.

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