Describes how to give an insulin injection when you have gestational diabetes. Covers what is needed, including syringe and vial or cartridge of insulin. Offers step-by-step instructions and links to slideshows on preparing an injection.
Do not throw your used
syringe, disposable insulin pen, or needle in a trash can. You can dispose of it in a metal
container that either has a lid that screws on or a lid that you tape down
tightly. You also can buy special containers for disposing of used needles and
syringes. Talk with your local trash disposal agency, pharmacy, or your doctor about how
to get rid of the container.
Other suggestions for success and safety
To help you be safe and successful in giving your
Teach someone else to give your insulin shots.
Have that person give you a shot from time to time so they will know how to do
it in case of an emergency.
Do not mix other medicine with insulin
without your doctor's instruction. If you are taking two types of insulin, ask
your doctor or pharmacist whether they can be mixed in the same
Never share syringes with another person. Diseases, such as
HIV or infection of the liver (hepatitis), can be transferred through blood.
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