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Insulin pen or insulin syringe

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 06/16/2014 14:18:40 From:
Dear Anonymous,

The insulin pen and syringe/vial are two different methods of injecting insulin.

An insulin syringe is used with vial insulin while an insulin pen has a prefilled cartridge of insulin so you don't have to draw insulin from the vial into the syringe. Instead you "dial up your dose" on the pen. With the insulin pen you use a "pen needle" which needs to be replaced with each use. Many people find the insulin pen to be more convenient and easy to use. For more information, please review the following tutorial for Lantus Solostar Pen:


This is one example of an insulin pen; they all work in a similar fashion though some pens contain short acting insulin and others contain long acting insulin.

Please post further questions you may have about injecting insulin and insulin delivery methods.

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