Saw my Dr. today and he decided to put me on Victoza because my blood glucose has been rising despite my best efforts with diet, exercise and metformin.

He said I could reuse the needles until they become dull and start hurting more. My question to any of you who use a needle more than once, do you leave the needles attached to the pen between doses? Any problems with leakage, this stuff is pretty pricy and I'd hate to waste any.

Any other advice for a newbie would be appreciated as well.

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I do exactly what your Dr. Suggested. I reuse the needle until I can feel that it has become dull. This usually lasts me thru about one and a half pens. I have had no problems with pens leaking. Needle stays attached the entire time.

I would think reusing the needle would be ok, but I would not leave it attached to the pen. If you do the pen is open.

The needles are not expensive especially compared to all the other cost with using this drug; like the doctor visits, the labs, the Victoza itself. So why not just use a new needle.

My doctor did tell me I could reuse needles for 3 days. My wife, a former nurse, had a fit. So, I use a new needle everyday. They are about 30 cents each, without insurance.
personally i would not reuse the needles but if you have to, no do not leave them attached to pen as they leak out of attached needle

Just the short amount of time I have been on Victoza I have noticed that if you leave the needle attached it will leak some, even if stored with the cap on and the needle pointing up.

Have your doctor write you a prescription for your needle tips. I used to work in a pharmacy and many times it would just be just be the cost of your name brand co-pay. When you reuse needs you increase your risk of infection (which as diabetics we are more susceptible to, not to mention if a needle breaks off inside you. Please be careful and no doctor worth his license should recommend reusing needles.




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