how many times will you use a syringe before it is time to discard? i have never found it important to change out a syringe after each injection. i use 1 a day, good for 2 to 3 injections. what about you?

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yeah never have done the alcohol part, never keep my insulin in the fridge (that was what they made us all do back in the day). and syringes are not bad, but when you gots no moneys you gots no 14.88. i DO wish they would make the bottles not break upon impact of concrete, it has only happened to me twice in my life BUT still it is a sad day when it was a new bottle both times. oh well. keep it as clean and safe as possible I guess!

When I was pregnant I had to see an endo specializing in pregnant diabetics - anyways, the nurse there told me that you shouldn't use alcohol to clean the site before an injection because you are robbing your body of its own "good" bacteria,, I stopped using the wipes and I also stopped getting all the little bumps that I used to when using them.

I can get a couple of days (maybe 6-9 shots) out of a syringe usually, before it begins to hurt-which I assume is due to the tip becoming dulled.
Once. I don't think I've ever reused a syringe. Lancets, on the other hand ...

I also always change the syringe but Lancets and pen needles are rarely changed

Ok, well someone has to be different. Money is not an issue at all with me but I use a new syringe when the numbers get mostly worn off. I'd estimate every two to three weeks. Now that I'm on a Dexcom CGM I find that I'm going way above the 3 pre-meal humalogs and doing more like 6 or 8 injections per day, often small 1 to 3 unit injections whenever my high alarm goes off (> 120 mg/dl). In fact, while writing this I saw my BG is 98 mg/dl but rising so I just took a couple of units. Therefore I'd say by uses per syringe is around 100.

You'll probably also all cringe when I say I haven't used alcohol wipes for the last 25 years.
I use the pen needles and change it everytime.....I have enough brusing and what not as is I dont want to get an injection or something and harm the baby,,,currenly 9 weeks along with my 3rd pregnancy :)
I use one per shot, thats 2 a day...and this last 100 box I bought from Walmart 12.88:)

Lancets I am guilty as heck, I use then til I yell ouch because its bent or dull...

I do use alcohol swabs...I use one to wipe my finger and then to clean the lancet, and then one for the insulin bottle and again to wipe my injection area.
I would like to use my syringes two times each but when I told my co-worker who is also a mom to a diabetic child that I did that, she looked at me in horror......LOL...I try not to use them more than once though....
I have used one syringe for 6-8 injections for years and never had a problem. I also frequently inject through clothing.

Always through the clothes --no wipes and use the syringe 'til you can't read the numbers. Some how the dull needle is worth it the end. One use and throw away, almost seems wrong.

I would use 2 per day, 1 used 3 times for my novorapid and 1 for my levemir




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