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How to Give an Insulin Injection

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 3, 2024.

What do I need to know about insulin syringes?

Insulin syringes come in different sizes depending on the dose of insulin you need. Your diabetes care team provider or pharmacist will help you find the right size syringe. Use the correct size insulin syringe to make sure you get the right dose of insulin.

Where do I inject insulin?

How do I inject the insulin with a syringe?

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Can I reuse my syringe?

You may increase your risk for a bacterial infection when you reuse syringes. Ask your diabetes care team provider if it is safe for you to reuse a syringe. Do not reuse a syringe if you have an open wound, trouble seeing, or have an infection. The following are tips on how to safely reuse a syringe:

Where should I get rid of my used syringes?

Ask your diabetes care team provider where to get rid of your syringes. He or she may tell you to place the syringe in a heavy-duty laundry detergent bottle or a metal coffee can. The container should have a cap that fits securely. Ask your local waste authority if you need to follow certain rules for getting rid of your syringes. Bring your used syringes home with you when you travel. Pack them in a plastic or metal container with a secure lid.

When should I call my doctor or diabetes care team provider?

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