Can I change brands of test strips in my glucose monitor kit?

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Nope! No generics in the meter biz. Every brand of meter will only work with its own kind of strips. Within some brands, a particular strip will work in several different meters. OneTouch comes to mind as a good example of a platform with a number of meters that will all work with the same strip. With other brands, every meter in the lineup has its own unique strip, AccuChek would be a good example of this approach.

But no meter in the world will work with someone else’s strips.

Other manufactures may produce generic test strips that work with your glucose monitor kit. These are usually cheaper than brand name test strips. However, always carefully check the packaging of the generic test strips to see if your glucose monitor kit is listed as compatible. A generic test strip may not work with your monitor even if it looks exactly like the brand name one. If your results seem unusual, the generic test strips may not be working properly.

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