Pernicious Anaemia Society

Needles for self injecting

Hi all,

Where does everyone get their needles from? I've looked on medisave but really don't want to pay the £5.75 postage costs!

I was going to get the yellow needles (30g x 0.5") and 2ml syringes does this sound about right? I've read a lot of posts saying they use 2 different needles to draw and inject, is this really necessary?

I've ordered sharps bin and ampuole snapper from Amazon. Are wipes needed? Sure i read they can make injection sting more, is this true?

Thanks

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Hi eoperez, im in no way an expert as i just started self injecting a few days back (im already noticing diffrences :)

But ive got my b12 from family abroad and my needles from our local pharmacy, do you live in the UK? Because most pharmacys give free needles and packs with wipes and everything if you ask... it took a few visits for them to realise i wasemt lying about b12 and to stop giving me herion spoons vitiman c supliments with tiny plungers so i wouldnt OD - i suppose- but ince they realised this they were most helpful and sympathetic GP amd nurses wouldnt help... at first they gave me 0.5 ml plungers and what they called an 05 needle orange pack, that wound up taking 3 injections or so for the dose a doctor abroad recomended, and the needle wouldnt go all the way in the vail so it was very fiddly to fill eithput air / properly.... they gave me 2 ml plungers now, with bigger needles to fill with, saying i could change needle to a smaller one after filling it..

. To be honest i just do jt with the bigger needle, it seems less time consuming and less risk of contamination fiddling about touching more things, but i can see why one would want a smaller needle, the smaller one was definitley less noticible and hurt less as well as being easier to judge how far to push it in... but as i said im no expert, and after having jabs all my life needles arent much of an issue... id go to the pharmacy and ask there advice, or if you have a understanding nurse or GP seek there advise (hard to find in my experince) ive found people on here very helpful too

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Appologies for my spelling, the jabs have made huge diffrences but theres no cure for just woken up typing it seems, good luck and i hope you feel well soon, others with more experince will more than likley post here soon enough and id recomend listening to them over me, hope it helps :)

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the phials are designed so you can actually invert them without the contents leaking out so no need to have a needle that can reach the bottom of the phial.

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Thank you. Yes I'm in the uk. I will try the local pharmacy although not the most friendly! Yeah I don't really fancy swapping needles around as so clumsy at the mo!

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I got mine from Amazon, so delivery was free. I use 2ml syringes (plenty of room, no faff) and blue needles to inject. I started off using green ones to draw up the B12, but I just go straight to the blue ones now. I was told that the wipes make the injection sting if you don't wait for your skin to dry first :)

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Thanks for your reply. Are the blue ones quite small? Do you use wipes first?

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The blue ones are the right size for an IM injection for most people. You should use a wipe so that the injection site is as sterile as possible.

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spacey1 do you have a link or a code for the needles you order please?

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Sorry, I don't, but if you just look for blue and green needles, you'll find them.

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