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Freestyle Lancets are used in blood glucose monitoring for people with diabetes. They are small, sterile disposable needles used to obtain a small blood sample for testing blood glucose levels. Freestyle Lancets are available in different gauges, with 28 gauge being a common size. Supplies.
Freestyle Lancets work by puncturing the skin to obtain a small drop of blood, which can then be used to test blood glucose levels. The lancet is placed in a lancing device, which is then used to prick the skin. The depth of the lancet prick can often be adjusted to minimize pain, as some people may find the sensation uncomfortable. Freestyle Lancets are designed to be thin and have sharp tips to minimize pain and cause the least amount of tissue damage possible. They are also sterile, which helps prevent infections.
Use and Dosage
Here are the general steps on how to use Freestyle lancets:
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Dry thoroughly.
- Insert a lancet into the lancing device and twist off the safety cap. Make sure the lancet is firmly in place.
- Adjust the lancet depth according to your skin type. The thicker your skin, the deeper the lancet depth should be. This adjustment can vary depending on the specific lancing device and model you are using.
- Choose a site on your finger to use. The sides of your finger typically have fewer nerve endings and may be less painful.
- Press the lancing device firmly against your finger and press the release button to puncture the skin.
- Gently massage your finger to encourage blood flow to the puncture site.
- Use your glucose meter to test the blood sample you obtained.
After use, the used lancet is disposed of safely and a new one is used for the next test. Follow the instructions for your specific lancing device. You can refer to the instructions provided with your Freestyle Lancets to ensure proper use.
Common Side Effects of Freestyle Lancets (Test Strips - non-Rx):
- Pain or discomfort
- Swelling or redness
- Bruising or bleeding
Serious Side Effects of Freestyle Lancets (Test Strips - non-Rx):
- Signs of infection at the puncture site, such as redness, swelling, warmth, or drainage.
- Severe pain or discomfort at the puncture site.
- Excessive bleeding at the puncture site that does not stop after applying pressure for several minutes.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or difficulty breathing.
Forms and Strength
Freestyle Lancets (Test Strips - non-Rx) is available in the following forms and strength:
Freestyle Lancets: Test Strips
- No dose
- Be sure to use a new, sterile lancet each time you test your blood glucose.
- Do not share your lancets with other people to avoid the risk of infection.
- Dispose of used lancets safely in a puncture-proof container to avoid accidental needle sticks and the spread of infections.
- Follow the instructions for your lancing device carefully to avoid pain, discomfort, or other complications.
- If you experience any persistent side effects, such as pain, swelling, or redness, at the puncture site, contact your healthcare provider.
- If you have any bleeding disorders or are taking blood-thinning medication, speak with your healthcare provider before using Freestyle Lancets.
- Always use a clean, dry surface when preparing to use a lancet and lancing device to avoid contamination and infection.
- Store lancets in a cool, dry place and do not expose them to extreme heat or cold.
- Be careful not to touch the tip of the lancet or allow it to touch any surface after removing the protective cap to avoid contamination.
- Always dispose of used lancets in compliance with local regulations and guidelines.
- We recommend that you test on your fingers or palm (at the base of the thumb) if you are testing for hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) or if you suffer from hypoglycemia unawareness.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Freestyle Lancets be reused?
No, Freestyle Lancets are meant for single use only and should not be reused.
How often should I change the lancet?
Change the lancet after every use to ensure safety and minimize the risk of infection.
Can I share my Freestyle Lancets with someone else?
No, use your own lancet to avoid the spread of infections.
What should I do if I experience pain or discomfort after using Freestyle Lancets?
If you experience any persistent pain or discomfort after using Freestyle Lancets, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
How should I dispose of used Freestyle Lancets?
Used Freestyle Lancets should be disposed of safely in a puncture-proof container in compliance with local regulations.
It's important to purchase Freestyle Lancets from verified Canadian pharmacy.