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What precautions should I take when using insulin syringes?

To inject your insulin, you may use disposable syringes. The syringe needles are short, thin, and very sharp. This helps the needles go in easily.

There are several different brands of insulin syringes. There are syringes with different needle lengths and different widths (gauges). Your doctor or diabetes educator will give you some syringes to take home. Eventually, you'll need to buy more. You need to keep the following in mind:
  • Look at the lines and numbers on the barrel of the syringe. These show the amount (dose) of insulin for each injection.
  • Don't reuse your insulin syringes. This helps ensure that the syringe is sterile (clean) and that the needle is very sharp every time.
  • Do throw them away in a red sharps container or another heavy container that the needles won't poke through -- like an empty coffee can or a plastic bleach container.

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