What are Insulin Pen Needles?
These are needles that are directly attached to a diabetic pen by either a screw-on or click-on mechanism. This type of device is used with insulin pens as an alternative way to deliver insulin compared to insulin syringes. Although many options are universal, insulin needles must be specific to your insulin pen's brand and design. Oftentimes, the needles are sold separately from the pens. Consult your diabetes healthcare provider for help choosing the right needle.
Benefits of Insulin Needles
They're easy to take with you, offering convenience on the go.
They feature advanced technology and added lubrication for premium comfort.
They make it easier for you to get an accurate dose, especially if you have a health issue that makes it difficult to see how much you're drawing up.
Insulin pen needles stay sharper because they don't need to penetrate the rubber barrier.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the common sizes of these needles?
Needle Length - This type of diabetic pen needle is currently available in the following lengths: 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, and 12mm. The most common lengths used are between 4mm and 8mm.
Gauges - The gauge, or needle thickness, is from 29-33 gauge. The lower the size of the gauge, the thicker the needle.
How often should I change my insulin pen needle?
You should change the needle on your insulin pen every time you use it to ensure accurate dosing and prevent infection. Most manufacturers recommend changing your pen needle after each use.
What size needle should I be using?
The size of the needle you use will depend on your individual needs and preferences. Generally, most adults will do best with a 4mm-8mm long needle, while those who require less insulin may prefer a shorter 3mm-5mm needle for a more precise dosage.
What should I do to prepare my diabetic pen needle for use?
Before using your pen needle for the first time, ensure all the components are properly functioning and not damaged in any way. Be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions carefully to ensure you are familiar with how to use it safely.
Can pen needles be taken on commercial airplanes?
Yes. TSA rules allow for insulin pens on flights. One tip: Tell the scanners you have a pen needle before letting them see them in an X-ray of your carry-on items.
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