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How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

How should I dispose of insulin pump cartridge needles?

Varies by location: Laws for safe needle disposal vary by state, county, or city. Check with your diabetes educator or doctor. You can also google "needle disposal" followed by your state/city. Basically, dispose of these needles the same way you would dispose of syringes. ...Read more

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Dr. Roshani Sanghani
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Insulin Pump (Definition)

Insulin pumps is a convenient way to give insulin. The Insulin is in a reservoir and gets pumped through a needle into the skin nearby. You can program it to give a variable basal rate, and you tell it how much Insulin to give with meals. However, the pump does not measure glucose. You still need to do this. The Insulin pump is good for type 1 diabetics who are motivated to ...Read more


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How do I use my insulin pump in labor?

How do I use my insulin pump in labor?

Same as always : You probably won't be eating, so most likely you will just leave it on and let the basal rate keep going. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

Any advice? I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

Long Instead short: Levemir (insulin detemir) is long acting. It will stay in your system about 24hrs. Don't take the rest of the Novolog for the 24h.Can stay longer than 24hrs if you have kidney or liver problem. -Low Blood sugar: take sugary drinks(Juice, soda, and eat) and go to ER. Low Blood sugar causes sweating, weakness, Tremor, palpitations, passing out, coma and death. Call your doctor for Further advice. Be Well. ...Read more

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How long can I keep the novorapid (insulin aspart) flexpen in my bag?

How long can I keep the novorapid (insulin aspart) flexpen in my bag?

28 days: As long as the Insulin is not being subjected to extreme temperatures (hot car, direct sunshine, freezing temperatures), the package insert considers 28 days to be the longest the pen can be used before opening a new pen. ...Read more

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I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

I have injected levemir (insulin detemir) insulin instead of novolog insulin by accident what do I do now?

Eye on sugar: Hi. Sooner or later, it happens to most insulin users. It would have been more dangerous had you injected Novolog instead of Levemir (insulin detemir), (insulin detemir) because Novolog hits with a bang, and hypoglycemia risk would be much higher for 6-7 hours. As it is, your risk is much lower for hypoglycemia having taken Levemir (insulin detemir) by accident. It won't cover your meal well at all. Follow your sugars more for next 16-20 hours. ...Read more

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How long can I keep the novorapid (insulin aspart) flexpen out of the refrigerator?

How long can I keep the novorapid (insulin aspart) flexpen out of the refrigerator?

28 days later!: I assume you are referring to NovoLog Insulin flexpen, which is a product that dispenses NovoLog Insulin when a pen needle is attached to the pen. Keep unopened pens in the frig, but once opened, the pen can be used/kept at room temperature for up to 28 days. Keep your pens away from direct sunlight, hot cars (keep Insulin in a cooler when traveling). Also, never allow your Insulin to freeze! ...Read more

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How long can I keep the novorapid (insulin aspart) flexpen out of the fridge?

How long can I keep the novorapid (insulin aspart) flexpen out of the fridge?

A month : I assume you are using a pen. The one you are using can stay at room temperature for about a month, keep the extras in the refrigerator. ...Read more

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I just injected 40 units of lantus (insulin glargine). It bled a decent drop until I pressed the area with my boxers. How can you tell if you inject into a vein?

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I just injected 40 units of lantus (insulin glargine). It bled a decent drop until I pressed the area with my boxers. How can you tell if you inject into a vein?

Don't Worry: This is an old concern & particularly with rapid insulin. With insulin pens & small needles it is hard to hit a large vein. You most likely hit a venule, a very small branch of a vein, & the needle will actually pass through it. The insulin will deposit behind the vein the Lantus (insulin glargine) slowly release, but you will bleed a little. If Lantus (insulin glargine) is in a venule it will likely clot & the Lantus (insulin glargine) work normally. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned as an insulin dependent t2 diabetic if i need to increase the amount of humalog (insulin lispro) i take to get the same result i got in the past?

Yes: 1. Might be acutely ill 2. May have gained weight and have more Insulin resistance 3. May have hypoglycemic unawareness with rebound high numbers that don't respond well to extra insulin. ...Read more

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Hi, how often should I be taking the insulin lantus (insulin glargine)? I'm getting 40 units a day.

Hi, how often should I be taking the insulin lantus (insulin glargine)?  I'm getting 40 units a day.

Once daily: Lantus (insulin glargine) is a long acting form of Insulin that is administered once daily (at the same time, every day). It never hurts to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions, it's important to take the medications as directed. ...Read more

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How should I maintain my morphine pump that constantly delivers morphine to the spine?

How should I maintain my morphine pump that constantly delivers morphine to the spine?

Your pain Dr.: I'm confused as to why you think there is something you can do to maintain the pump. Other than checking the pump electronically, reprogramming it, and refilling it, there is no maintenance. ...Read more

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What will happen if i accidentally injected 30 units of air instead of insulin?

What will happen if i accidentally injected 30 units of air instead of insulin?

Nothing: Hi. Nothing will happen as a result of injecting 30 units of air, EXCEPT you're now 30 units short on insulin! Take your insulin! :-) ...Read more

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Can I use (novolin (insulin) (insulin) 70/30+syringes) instead of (novolin (insulin) (insulin) 70/30 penfill + novolin (insulin) pen) since I have no prescription to buy the penfill? Thanks!

Sure: Just talk to your doc to make the switch to insulins and have them teach you to draw them up. They can send you to a diabetic educator for the teaching. ...Read more

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My glucose falls when I'm working. I'm NOT diabetic. How can I maintain my glucose levels, food wise? I hate having to use sugar to bring it up!

My glucose falls when I'm working. I'm NOT diabetic. How can I maintain my glucose levels, food wise? I hate having to use sugar to bring it up!

No need: Hi. There's no need to bring your sugar up if you're not diabetic (so not taking insulin). Are you overweight/obese? Such people can early on get sugars that look on the low end, but they're NOT a problem, and do not meed or warrant treatment. Eat healthily and exercise regularly. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was prescribed intramuscular vitamins and given insulin syringes and told to inject into the glutes. I don't think the needle reaches the muscle. Will it still work if it goes into fat?

Yes,but ask 4 longer: Yes, it should still work, but it would be better to inject into muscle. I usually use one and a half inch long (but thin like 27 guage) needles to inject into muscle. You can also inject into the back of your upper arm where there is less fat between the muscle and skin so that your current needles will reach muscle. Ask your doc for longer needles! ...Read more

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Can i mix Novolin N with Humalog in the same syringe ?

Mix: The simple answer is NO! Much more important, you must see a Diabetes specialist who, if the correct nurse or doctor, will work to get rid of diabetes. Yes that can happen and should happen! If your doctor or nurse keeps you going with the above meds, it is time to see an Endocrinologist who will take care of you. You won't get rid of your current meds immediately but that will happen! ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Insulin (Definition)

A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of ...Read more