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Air Bubbles in the Lantus
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    Mike Guest

    Default Air Bubbles in the Lantus

    What do you lantus users do about air bubbles in the insulin pen?

    We seem to get them all the time and my wife is worried about injecting
    air bubbles into her body. I know the lantus is supposed to be
    subcutaneous and not in a vein, but does that make any difference?

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    Mike

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    Tiger_Lily Guest

    Default Re: Air Bubbles in the Lantus

    Mike wrote:
    > What do you lantus users do about air bubbles in the insulin pen?
    >
    > We seem to get them all the time and my wife is worried about injecting
    > air bubbles into her body. I know the lantus is supposed to be
    > subcutaneous and not in a vein, but does that make any difference?
    >

    hold the pen needle up, and 'flick' the pen to allow the air bubbles to
    rise, then shoot an 'air shot' to clear the air bubble

    when she is doing an injection, the air bubble moves to the other end of
    the cartridge from where the needle is, so it's very unlikely that she
    can get an air shot

    there is nothing to worry about an air shot, other than the fact it
    means your insulin dose isn't correct............. as you have said, we
    do not shoot into a vein, so it's not going to kill us

    good luck

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    kate
    type 1 since 1987
    www.diabetic-talk.org
    http://www.diabetes-support.org.uk/n...diagnosed.html

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    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Air Bubbles in the Lantus


    "Mike" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > What do you lantus users do about air bubbles in the insulin pen?
    >
    > We seem to get them all the time and my wife is worried about injecting
    > air bubbles into her body. I know the lantus is supposed to be
    > subcutaneous and not in a vein, but does that make any difference?


    It's not supposed to matter. But if you tap on the pen a couple of times
    and then inject 2 units into the air like you're supposed to, that should
    take care of them. If she is not using the pen, then I don't know what to
    tell you.



  4. #4
    Mike Guest

    Default Re: Air Bubbles in the Lantus

    Julie Bove wrote:
    > "Mike" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> What do you lantus users do about air bubbles in the insulin pen?
    >>
    >> We seem to get them all the time and my wife is worried about injecting
    >> air bubbles into her body. I know the lantus is supposed to be
    >> subcutaneous and not in a vein, but does that make any difference?

    >
    > It's not supposed to matter. But if you tap on the pen a couple of times
    > and then inject 2 units into the air like you're supposed to, that should
    > take care of them. If she is not using the pen, then I don't know what to
    > tell you.
    >
    >

    Thank you Julie, and you too Tiger Lily. Yes, she does use the pen you
    both have pretty much covered what we are already doing. Rather than
    large bubbles that can be moved easily, she seems to get lots of little
    bubbles all the way up the side. We do a lot of beating up on the pen,
    either by using a pencil or flicking it with a finger to get them near
    the top so they will come out with a 2 unit primer shot into the air. We
    had to throw one pen out because we just had too many bubbles to deal with.

    Unfortunately, the local diabetes center had no useful advice. I will
    try calling the company that makes the lantus pens to see if they have
    any advice. Or even if a little air bubble subcutaneous is at all harmful.

    Thanks again.

    --
    Mike

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    Tiger_Lily Guest

    Default Re: Air Bubbles in the Lantus

    Mike wrote:
    > Julie Bove wrote:
    >> "Mike" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> What do you lantus users do about air bubbles in the insulin pen?
    >>>
    >>> We seem to get them all the time and my wife is worried about injecting
    >>> air bubbles into her body. I know the lantus is supposed to be
    >>> subcutaneous and not in a vein, but does that make any difference?

    >> It's not supposed to matter. But if you tap on the pen a couple of times
    >> and then inject 2 units into the air like you're supposed to, that should
    >> take care of them. If she is not using the pen, then I don't know what to
    >> tell you.
    >>
    >>

    > Thank you Julie, and you too Tiger Lily. Yes, she does use the pen you
    > both have pretty much covered what we are already doing. Rather than
    > large bubbles that can be moved easily, she seems to get lots of little
    > bubbles all the way up the side. We do a lot of beating up on the pen,
    > either by using a pencil or flicking it with a finger to get them near
    > the top so they will come out with a 2 unit primer shot into the air. We
    > had to throw one pen out because we just had too many bubbles to deal with.
    >
    > Unfortunately, the local diabetes center had no useful advice. I will
    > try calling the company that makes the lantus pens to see if they have
    > any advice. Or even if a little air bubble subcutaneous is at all harmful.
    >
    > Thanks again.
    >

    Mike, this sounds like the Lantus cartridge is being shaken, causing the
    air bubbles to dissipate and become smaller bubbles thru the cartridge

    is that possible?

    --
    kate
    type 1 since 1987
    www.diabetic-talk.org
    http://www.diabetes-support.org.uk/n...diagnosed.html

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