Some people with
diabetes use their
insulin syringes and lancets more than once to save money. But makers of syringes and lancets do not recommend using them more than once. Talk
with your doctor before reusing these items. Some people who have diabetes should
not reuse their syringes or lancets, including people who have:
Trouble seeing clearly.
Infections or open wounds.
Some precautions to take if you reuse syringes or lancets:
Put the cover back on the needle after use. The
safest way to do this is to place the cover and syringe on a flat surface and
slide the cover over the needle without letting the needle touch either the
flat surface or your fingers. Only the inside of the cover should touch the
needle. Do not hold the syringe straight up; you may accidentally stick
Do not clean the needle or lancet with alcohol. Alcohol removes the
silicone covering on the needle, causing it to become dull.
the syringes at room temperature. It is best to store them with the covered
needle pointing up to prevent insulin from blocking the needle opening.
Dispose of reused syringes and lancets in safe containers when:
The shot or prick hurts when you use the
syringe or lancet.
The needle or lancet becomes dull. Needles usually are dull after
being used more than 5 times.
The needle or lancet is bent or has touched
something other than your skin.
You notice redness or
signs of infection at the place where you have given
the shot. Let your doctor know if you have signs of an infection.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid C.W. Lau, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Endocrinology Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator