An insulin pen is an injection device with a needle that delivers insulin into the subcutaneous tissue (the tissue between your skin and muscle). This article provides detailed instructions on how to use an insulin pen.
An insulin pen is an injection device with a needle that delivers insulin into the subcutaneous tissue (the tissue between your skin and muscle). Subcutaneous tissue, which is also called sub Q tissue, is found all over your body.
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To determine when you should inject insulin, pay attention to the times you check your blood sugar, when you eat and what kind of insulin you are taking:
There is no standard or “typical” dose of insulin. Your dose will be the amount of insulin that you need in order to keep your blood sugar well managed. Your doctor will prescribe an insulin dose that is right for you.
Select a clean, dry work area. The supplies you will need include:
Here are the steps you will take:
Recommended injection sites include the abdomen, front and side of the thighs, upper and outer arms and buttocks. Do not inject near joints, the groin area, the navel, the middle of the abdomen, or scar tissue.
You will also need to rotate, or switch, your injection sites. If you use the same injection site over and over again, you may develop hardened areas under your skin that keep the insulin from working properly. Rotating your injection sites will make your injections easier, safer and more comfortable.
Follow these guidelines:
Depending on which type of insulin you are taking, different parts of the body may absorb the insulin differently.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/08/2018.
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