Needles don't hurt as much as the medication does, with any shot.. It may be a larger needle then on insulin syringes, but since those are as fine as a strand of hair, then its still not much to worry about. The needle is a 23 guage needle. I believe insulin syringes are 25, although I could be wrong, I know they've gotten smaller.
Regarding the needle stick. Yes, it is a little thicker but for me I seem to have a problem with the bleeding after. If you keep giving it in the abdomen instead of the upper thigh for me it isn't painful at all. Besides for this convenience, it is great only having to do it once a week.
My first injection was Friday in my lower stomach, and the needle really didn't hurt but the medicine stung. I bled afterward. It wasn't a lot but I did need a small band-aid.
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