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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Over 60 for me, but I recap it immediately. Done this for over 20 years of the 30 I've been on insulin and no problem. I take very small injections. I do have a different syringe for different vials, so as not to mix them. I store the needle beside the vial in the fridge in a tiny juice glass. I am on my second box of 100 syringes in 30 years and I am even using them for B vitamin injections. Guage 31 so it doesn't break easily like a 29 guage would.
one per day. usually use it three times. only time i have ever bruised is when i re puncture a site
I just got the Novolog Pen. How many times do you use the needle you put on that?
I also use a pen for mealtime insulin, humalog in my case.I REuse my pen needles for days at a time, when it HURTS, I KNOW its time for a pen-needle change.

I take Lantus twice a day and use syringes for usually 2 days, or 4 shots before getting a fresh one.

I DO NOT use alcohol pads, haven't for decades. TRIAD had a recent recall due to CONTAMINATION, so in that case using them could CAUSE an infection. Once upon a time I read about a study on this, infectino rates varied little if any between users and non-users.

I also have MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and take a Copaxone injection for that daily as well, can you say HumanPinCushion? My Copaxone comes in single dose per-filled GLASS syringes, so there is NO reuse of them.

I use my pen needles 4x a day and change the needle every 3 days. BUT if i have bent the needle or it hurts I change it right away. I do not have insurance so I told my Dr. about my usage and she said do what works but no longer than 3 days max!
Good Luck~

i usually do 3-5 injections per needle

I use all pens now but i do use a clean needle one each one for each injection. I had a reaction to one insulin and i was not sure if it was the reuse of a needle or the insulin so i changed sites and found a reaction to the insulin after this scare i decided to be more careful and not take the chance.

@ $14/100 why reuse?

When I have to split dose, I fill the syringe and inject 1/2 in one spot and the other 1/2 in another within seconds of each other. Then pitch the syringe. One infection and it can cost you a lot more than the money you saved trying to be frugal.

Also, when using an insulin pen, if you leave the needle cap on the pen, it can leak.

>> @ $14/100 why reuse?

Waste, I guess. I don't like that part of this disease, so I rabidly re-use.

This is an ancient thread, but like JaninaWalker who answered here back in mid-2011, I reuse my 3/10s and 5/10s for as long as possible -- until the numbers have rubbed off the outside of the syringe, or until the point hurts. I'm averaging about 20 days per needle these days. I don't clean the syringe with alcohol as that leaves an alcohol residue in the syringe that I do not want to inject subcutaneously.

Never had a site infection. Ever. And I have been doing this a while (a long while). A few uncomfortable injections, sure, but I've had those even with a brand new needle when I happen to catch a nerve, so that doesn't really put me off.


When I was on the pen (during the first few months of my diagnosis) I did not realize I was supposed to change them and was using them up to 4 or 5 times...then I met a guy in university and his dad is an endo, he FREAKED when he found I used them more than once - then a few years after that, I switched to syringes (my life changed for the better after that, the pen and I are not friends!) and I use one per injection (which is usually 4-6 syringes a day).

How did your life change for the better after switching? I find that if I DON'T carry a pen I can only dose for the insulin I bring with me. No cheating that way. Example - I go out to eat. I order what I would dose for. THEN I see that apple pie. With the pen I just crank it up and get the pie. Syringe I can't. I don't carry the bottle or extra syringes with me. Just one that I pre-dose.

Edit - I do use a Levemir Pen only at night.

Hiya - well for me the pen was a horrendous experience that literally lasted years, I found it really bulky and awkward. No matter what I did or how I injected it ALWAYS hurt :( and the syringes don't :)
I carry a wee little make up case, about the same size as the case for my glucometer, with my vial of insulin and a package of syringes. (I always leave the clear bottoms off the ones I use, and at the end of the day toss 'em in the sharps bin!)




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