Apidra SoloStar

Apidra SoloStar Patient Counseling Information

insulin glulisine




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Patient Counseling Information
Instruction for Use: Apidra solution for injection in a pre-filled pen.
SoloStar is a pre-filled pen for the injection of insulin. Your healthcare provider has decided that SoloStar is appropriate for you, based on your ability to handle SoloStar. Talk with your healthcare provider about proper injection technique before using SoloStar.
Read these instructions carefully before using your SoloStar. Ask for help if you have problems following all the instructions or handling the pen, for example if you have problems with your sight. Hold the pen. To ensure that you read the dose correctly, hold the pen horizontally, with the needle on the left and the dosage selector to the right. You can set doses from 1 to 80 units in steps of 1 unit. Each pen contains multiple doses.
Important information for use of SoloStar: Always attach a new needle before each use. Only use needles that have been approved for use with SoloStar.
Do not select a dose and/or press the injection button without a needle attached.
Always perform the safety test before each injection.
This pen is only for your use. Do not share it with anyone else.
If your injection is given by another person, special caution must be taken by this person to avoid accidental needle injury and transmission of infection.
Never use SoloStar if it is damaged or if you are not sure that it is working properly.
Always have a spare SoloStar in case your SoloStar is lost or damaged.
Step 1. Check the insulin: Check the label on your SoloStar to make sure you have the correct insulin. The Apidra Solostar is blue. It has a dark blue injection button with a raised ring on the top.
Take off the pen cap.
Check the appearance of your insulin. Apidra is a clear insulin. Do not use this SoloStar if the insulin is cloudy, coloured or has particles.
Step 2. Attach the Needle: Always use a new sterile needle for each injection. This helps prevent contamination, and potential needle blocks. Before use of needle, carefully read the "Instructions for Use" accompanying the needle.
Wipe the Rubber Seal with alcohol.
Remove the protective seal from a new needle.
Line up the needle with the pen, and keep it straight as you attach it (screw or push on, depending on the needle type).
If the needle is not kept straight while you attach it, it can damage the rubber seal and cause leakage, or break the needle.
Step 3. Perform a Safety test: Always perform the safety test before each injection. This ensures that you get an accurate dose by: ensuring that pen and needle work properly; removing air bubbles.
Select a dose of 2 units by turning the dosage selector.
Take off the outer needle cap and keep it to remove the used needle after injection. Take off the inner needle cap and discard it.
Hold the pen with the needle pointing upwards.
Tap the insulin reservoir so that any air bubbles rise up towards the needle.
Press the injection button all the way in. Check if insulin comes out of the needle tip.
You may have to perform the safety test several times before insulin is seen.
If no insulin comes out, check for air bubbles and repeat the safety test two more times to remove them. If still no insulin comes out, the needle may be blocked. Change the needle and try again. If no insulin comes out after changing the needle, your SoloStar may be damaged. Do not use this SoloStar.
Step 4. Select the dose: You can set the dose in steps of 1 unit, from a minimum of 1 unit to a maximum of 80 units. If you need a dose greater than 80 units, you should give it as two or more
Check that the dose window shows "0" following the safety test.
Select your required dose. If you turn past your dose, you can turn back down.
Do not push the injection button while turning, as insulin will come out.
You cannot turn the dosage selector past the number of units left in the pen. Do not force the dosage selector to turn. In this case, either you can inject what is remaining in the pen and complete your dose with a new SoloStar or use a new SoloStar for your full dose.
Step 5. Inject the dose: Use the injection method as instructed by your healthcare professional.
Insert the needle into the skin.
Deliver the dose by pressing the injection button in all the way. The number in the dose window will return to "0" as you inject.
Keep the injection button pressed all the way in. Slowly count to 10 before you withdraw the needle from the skin. This ensures that the full dose will be delivered. The pen plunger moves with each dose. The plunger will reach the end of the cartridge when the total of 300 units of insulin has been used.
Step 6. Remove and discard the needle: Always remove the needle after each injection and store SoloStar without a needle attached.
This helps prevent: Contamination and/or infection; Entry of air into the insulin reservoir and leakage of insulin, which can cause inaccurate dosing.
Put the outer needle cap back on the needle, and use it to unscrew the needle from the pen. To reduce the risk of accidental needle injury, never replace the inner needle cap.
If your injection is given by another person, special caution must be taken by this person when removing and disposing the needle. Follow recommended safety measures for removal and disposal of needles (e.g. a one handed capping technique) in order to reduce the risk of accidental needle injury and transmission of infectious diseases.
Dispose of the needle safely, as instructed by your healthcare professional.
Always put the pen cap back on the pen, then store the pen until your next injection.
Storage Instructions: Please check Storage as previously mentioned for instructions on how to store SoloStar.
If your SoloStar is in cool storage, take it out 1 to 2 hours before you inject to allow it to warm up. Cold insulin is more painful to inject. Keep SoloStar out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use SoloStar after the expiration date printed on the label of the pen or on the carton.
Protect SoloStar from light.
Discard your used SoloStar as required by your local authorities.
Maintenance: Protect your SoloStar from dust and dirt.
You can clean the outside of your SoloStar by wiping it with a damp cloth.
Do not soak, wash or lubricate the pen as this may damage it.
Your SoloStar is designed to work accurately and safely. It should be handled with care. Avoid situations where SoloStar might be damaged. If you are concerned that your SoloStar may be damaged, use a new one.
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