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Prandin (Repaglinide)

How should I prick my finger?
Many people are not very enthusiastic about pricking their fingers. There are devices to make it easier and less painful. Autolet II, Monojector and Softouch are automatic finger prickers with a spring to do the pricking (also Lancet in the United States), and they are designed to produce the smallest hole needed to obtain an adequate drop of blood. Some people simply use a little lancet on its own (for example, Monolets, Glucolet II, Unilets) or a fine needle. You can prick the pulp of the finger or the sides of the fleshy part at the base of the nails. Some people prick their ear lobe. Before pricking, wash your hands with soap and warm water, rinse them well and dry them on a clean towel. If they are dirty use an antiseptic swab but make sure that you wipe off all traces of antiseptic with clean absorbent cotton, or cotton wool, or gauze because antiseptic may interfere with the chemical reaction on the testing strip. It is easier to get blood out of a warm finger. A cold room or outside temperature may also cause low glucose results.
Doing a blood glucose test
When doing a blood glucose test, set out what you need before pricking your finger (it saves getting blood everywhere while searching for things). You need:
1. A clean, warm finger or ear lobe
2. a. Glucose testing strips ± your meter
or b. Your Biosensor + strips
3. A lancet or needle and automatic pricker if used
4. Clean cotton wool
5. A watch with a second hand or timer if necessary
6. A water bottle if using Dextrostix
7. Three minutes peace on your own
8. A good light for checking the result.
The blood glucose concentration is in mmol/1 in Europe, or in mg/dl in North America; 1 mmol/1 = 18 mg/dl.

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