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Non-Insulin Pens for People with Diabetes

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about pen devices?

A non-insulin pen is a device used to inject diabetes medicines. The pen contains a cartridge of diabetes medicine. The pen may be used while you are taking other diabetes medicine. Some pens are used one time and discarded. Others have several doses of medicine. These pens are used every day, sometimes more than one time each day. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist will give you information on your specific type of pen.

How do I get the medicine ready to use?

How do I get the pen ready to use?

Where do I inject medicine?

How do I inject medicine with a pen?

How do I store the pen?

Do not store your pen with a needle attached. Follow the storage directions on the label or package insert that came with the pen. Unopened pens can be stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them. Most pens can be opened and kept at room temperature. Store your pen in a cool, dry place. Do not keep your pen in direct sunlight or in your car. Dispose of pens that have been frozen or exposed to temperatures above 85°F (30°C). If you travel, keep the pen in a cool pack.

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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