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What happens if I don’t take my insulin the right way?

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You might get really sick if you don’t take your medicine the right way. You could end up in the hospital or with other costly health problems. When trying to save money on insulin:

  • Don’t take less insulin than prescribed.
  • Don’t skip doses.
  • Don’t delay your refills.
  • Don’t share insulin pens or fingerstick machines.

SOURCES:

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Managing the Cost of Insulin.”

American Diabetes Association: “Help With Insulin Is A Phone Call Away.”

CDC: “Diabetes: How to Save Money on Diabetes Care.”

Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists: “Insulin Cost-Saving Resource Guide.”

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: “Hypoglycemics, Insulin — Long-Acting.”

Health Education & Behavior: “Solutions to Address Diabetes-Related Financial Burden and Cost-Related Nonadherence: Results From a Pilot Study.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Financial Help for Diabetes Care.”

Benefits Check Up: “Learn More About Benefits.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 11, 2020

SOURCES:

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Managing the Cost of Insulin.”

American Diabetes Association: “Help With Insulin Is A Phone Call Away.”

CDC: “Diabetes: How to Save Money on Diabetes Care.”

Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists: “Insulin Cost-Saving Resource Guide.”

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: “Hypoglycemics, Insulin — Long-Acting.”

Health Education & Behavior: “Solutions to Address Diabetes-Related Financial Burden and Cost-Related Nonadherence: Results From a Pilot Study.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Financial Help for Diabetes Care.”

Benefits Check Up: “Learn More About Benefits.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 11, 2020

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