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If you inject insulin to the vein, what happens?

If you inject insulin to the vein, what happens?

Lowers blood sugar: Commonly used site of administration for certain hospitalized patients. ...Read more

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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


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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?

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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What happens if i don't disinfect my skin before giving an insulin shot?

What happens if i don't disinfect my skin before giving  an insulin shot?

Probably nothing: Several studies have shown to increase in injections if you do not disinfect, but it is still a good idea to do so. ...Read more

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What happens if I accidently hit a vein while giving myself my insulin injection for diabetes?

What happens if I accidently hit a vein while giving myself my insulin injection for diabetes?

No big deal: This is actually not uncommon and it could happen to anyone. The simple answer is nothing major will happen to you if you do this. You most likely will have a small bruise. The Insulin also could "peak" quicker than before so it might be prudent to check your blood sugar more on the day that this happen. We give Insulin through the iv's quite frequently to treat hyperglycemia in the hospital. ...Read more

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What is a good way to prevent bruising after giving insulin shot in the stomach?

What is a good way to prevent bruising after giving insulin shot in the stomach?

Ice!: My advice to our pediatric patients is to ice the injection site for about 30-60 seconds prior to giving the injection. The cold helps to shrink away the capillary blood vessels which may get punctured during a shot and therefore helps to decrease bruising. ...Read more

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I felt fluid in my after i took my insulin shot?

I felt fluid in my after i took my insulin shot?

Don't understand: Please provide further information. Where was the fluid? Don't understand your question. ...Read more

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Giving insulin during pregnency is safe ?

Yes: Hi. Yes, insulin is as safe in pregnancy as any other time. The one big inherent risk with insulin is hypoglycemia. The risk of hypoglycemia is, of course, present using insulin in pregnancy as it is in non-pregnant patients. Go over your goal BG range and BG testing protocol with your doc running your diabetes during the pregnancy. To your tight control! Be safe. Good luck with the pregnancy. ...Read more

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Are insulin shots suppose to burn ?

Are insulin shots suppose to burn ?

Yes they do: Yes they do burn, Lantus, (insulin glargine) the long acting insulin tends to burn more so than the shorter acting Apidra, Humalog. Slow injection helps. ...Read more

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How often do diabetics have to get insulin shots?

Depends: The answer depends on the severity of your control and what regimen your doctor had chosen for you. It could be as low as 1 shot to 4 or more shots/day. ...Read more

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Why are diabetics fearful of taking insulin shots?

Many reasons: Some people are afraid that it will hurt. Others have the old stigma that if you use insulin, you will start losing limbs, go blind or die (from watching old relatives). The way to get over this fear is education. Technology has come a long way. With the Insulin pens and 32 gauge needles that we have now, Insulin shots are now very simple and shouldn't hurt. ...Read more

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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more