Educating yourself about injection pens and pen needles will help you to better understand and follow the recommendations of your diabetes healthcare professional. From helpful illustrations to detailed 'how-to' tips, you'll find them here.
Diabetes Pens and Pen Needles - Rapidly Gaining Popularity
One of the easiest and fastest-growing methods for injecting insulin and other medication is the injection pen and pen needles. The medication either comes in a disposable pen, or in a cartridge for use with a durable pen. A pen needle is then attached to the pen. The user generally dials a dose of medicine, then injects it under the skin. Highly popular for insulin injections for more than 20 years in Europe, use of these pens is rapidly spreading in the U.S. Pens may also be used for other diabetes and non-diabetes drugs.
The Advantage of Pens in Diabetes Care
Compared to the older vial/syringe method, injection pens and pen needles are easier to use, more convenient, discreet, and help deliver a more accurate dose. There's no need to push the needle through a rubber vial stopper, so the tip of the needle retains its sharpness and lubrication, for the most comfortable injection possible.
A Pen Needle's Simple Yet Exacting Engineering
Each Clickfine pen needle (cannula) is permanently fixed to a specially designed plastic needle hub, allowing either click-on or screw-on attachment onto a diabetes pen. Two protective caps (outer and inner) protect the user and the needle. The peel foil protects the sterility of the needle and holds information such as lot number, and needle length and gauge (diameter). Pen needles vary by needle length and gauge, and with which pens they're compatible.
What's the Right Needle?
Our guide to Choosing Your Pen Needle can help you and your diabetes healthcare professional select the Clickfine pen needle that best meets your needs.
Be Prepared for a Low
If you inject insulin, you are likely to experience hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Correcting hypoglycemia immediately is important. So, carry glucose tablets with you wherever you go to be prepared to correct a low. Glucose tablets act quickly, are pre-measured, have no fat or caffeine, and are the preferred way to correct lows according to the American Diabetes Association.