Designed to make life that little bit easier this B12, 10 Week injection cycle kit contains everything you need to self-administer Vitamin B12 safely at home. It includes two types of quality BD needles, 2ml Emerald syringes and pre-injection alcohol wipes in equal quantities.
Each item is individually blister packed to ensure they remain sterile.
The 10 week Complete Cycle Kit contains:
- x10 BD Emerald 2ml syringes
- x10 BD orange 25g 0.5 x 1″ (0.5mm x 25mm) needles (for injection)
- x10 BD green 21g 0.8 x 1 1/2″ (0.8mm x 38mm) needles (for drawing / removing liquid from the vial)
- x10 Pre-Injection Wipes 70% alcohol.
You may also like to consider our: 20 Week Cycle Pack, 12 Week Injection Cycle Pack or 24 Week Injection Cycle Pack.
.Needles and syringes come in different sizes, and some are better suited for certain uses than others.
The right needle size for your injections depends on how much medication you need, your body size, and whether the drug has to go into a muscle or under the skin. Your syringe also has to be big enough to hold the right dose, but not so big that it makes measuring small amounts difficult.
Not only will having the correct needle and syringe for you help ensure you get the correct amount of your medication, it will also make injections easier and less painful.1
This article explains how needles and syringes are sized. It also provides some helpful tips for choosing the right size for the injection you need to give yourself.
Syringes are labeled based on how much medication they can hold.
Measurements on syringes:
- Milliliters (mL) for liquid volume
- Cubic centimeters (cc) for the volume of solids
1 cc is equal to 1 mL
If you are injecting your medication at home, you need to choose a syringe that will hold the dose you’ve been prescribed.2
For example, if you’re supposed to give yourself 3 ccs of a drug, you need a syringe that holds exactly 3 ccs or just a little more. If you use a syringe that can only hold 2 ccs, you would have to inject yourself more than once (using a brand new syringe and needle each time).
On the other hand, if you use a syringe that holds 15 ccs, it will be harder to see the cc markings. You could easily end up giving yourself too little or too much medication.
Needles are labeled differently than syringes. The packaging will have a number, then a “G,” and then another number.
- The first number in front of the letter G indicates the gauge of the needle. The higher the number, the thinner the needle.
- The second number indicates the length of the needle in inches.
Here’s an example: A 22 G 1/2 needle has a gauge of 22 and a length of half an inch.
The best choice for needle length depends on a person’s size—for example, a small child would need a shorter needle than an adult. Where the needle will be inserted also matters.3
Some medications can be absorbed just under the skin, while others need to be injected into the muscle:
- Subcutaneous injections go into the fatty tissue just below the skin. These shots are fairly shallow. The needle required is small and short (typically one-half to five-eighths of an inch long) with a gauge of 25 to 30.
- Intramuscular injections go directly into a muscle.4 Since muscle is deeper than the skin, the needle used for these shots has to be thicker and longer. Needles with a gauge of 20 or 22 G and a length of 1 or 1.5 inches are usually best for intramuscular injections.
You also need to think about how much body fat the needle will have to go through. A thinner person might be able to use an inch-long needle but someone heavier might need a needle that is an inch-and-a-half long.5
Syringes can hold liquids or solids. You’ll see milliliters (mL) marked on the tube for measuring liquids. You’ll see cubic centimeters (ccs) for measuring solids. It’s best to choose a syringe that holds the exact dose you need.
Needles are measured differently. The first number on a needle label is its gauge—how thick the needle is. Higher numbers mean thinner needles. The second number on the label is how long the needle is.
You’ll need a longer needle if the medication is supposed to go into a muscle. You’ll also need a longer needle for larger adults.
A Word From pharmaplusmed
If you need to give yourself or someone else shots at home, you or a family member will need to learn how to do so safely.
If you have questions, reach out to the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication. Knowing the basics of needle size labeling will help you avoid making errors when you’re giving the shot and replacing your supplies.
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