anyone found a source for - syringe/needles 1cc, 33 gage, 12mm (1/2inch) needles which is what the caverject comes with. I just ordered trimix and anticipate that it will come with larger diameter insulin needles (26's or 28's) I would like to continue using the 33 gage needles which are painless if possible- the only place I have found them is through- research supply net - 25 needles and syringes for $19 - but they charge $22 for shipping. Has anyone got a comparison between the 33's and a larger needle- also I was thinking about going to a shorter needle than the 1/2 inch anyone know about that
56 yr old -2/06 PSA 5.5 – 3/06 PSA 5.4- 3/06Gleason 3+3 (6)
7/06 DaVinci Surgery –contained, nerve bundles spared,
7/13 cath removed – used pad for one week
PSA undetectable at 6 and 12 months
No ED prior to Surgery – Substantial ED post surgery
Not much improvement with the drugs
Pump helped a lot (6 mo after surgery)
9/07 tried the Caverject shot – Works Great
BD Ultra Fine has 30 ga/ 1/2 inch insulin syringes available at almost any pharmacy. The Caverject I got had 31 ga. needles. I can't find any needles smaller than 31 ga. made by BD, the largest American supplier. I do see lots of 33 ga lancets, which are something completely different. As far as length, I tried a couple of 5/16 inch needles and had very littel response using them, went back to 1/2 inch and everything worked again. I suspect 5/16 didn't place the drug as deeply in me as needed.
I use .5 cc diabetic syringes, 33 gauge 5/16 inch needles. The are easy to use and cost 25 cents each.
Trimix costs $75 for a 5 ml vial. Using .02 - .03 ml per shot, I get about 200 shots per vial if it doesn't go bad first. That is about 40 cents per shot. I get Viagra substitute from AllDayChemist for about 60 cents per 100 mg pill and cut them in two. So my total cost per event is about $1. I'm a really cheap date...
They are called "Ultra Comfort Insulin Syringe". I get them at my local compounding pharmacy: The Medicine Shoppe. I think they are a chain pharmacy. I put the address in your list of compounding pharmacies thread.
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I did some research on needles. As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I noticed a substantial comfort difference between a 28g and 33g needle. Since I had been using a 1/2 inch needle and had seen conflicting postings about the effectiveness of the 5/16 needle, I attempted to find a 33g, 1/2 inch, syringe/needle combo. The caverject system that I previously was using had a 33g- 1/2 inch needle made by BD. However, I believe that must be a proprietary needle made specifically for caverject because I was unable to find that needle in the BD product catalog. I was able to find a 33g 1/2 needle made by TSK (steriject 33 1/2) and then purchase seperate syringes. Total cost was about $.83 per syringe/needle combo. 30g, 1/2 inch insulin syringes can be purchased for less than 1/2 that, but I want the smallest 1/2 inch needle possible and don't mind spending an extra $ .40 per injection to have the least amount of pain and assurance that the medication will get where is supposed to go.
I found the needles and syringes at www.researchsupply.net -"quiet" I'm using these to inject monkies -100 needles and syringes plus $15 shipping $82.76
cheaper at medical supply, but had to have a medical license or pharmacy number--Amazing what we have to go through to get help.
hope this helps someone
55 yr old at surgery -2/06 PSA 5.5 – 3/06 PSA 5.4- 3/06Gleason 3+3 (6)
some improvement with daily viagra, pump helped a more, not enough
9/07 began Caverject injections – Worked Great- some pain
1/15 switched to Trimix-works great-no pain & cheap <$5 per injection
F.Y.I. regarding auto-injection for trimix. If you have difficulty injecting trimix because of pain, anticipated pain, shakes, fear, etc., as I did, then I would recommend using an auto-injector. I hesitated going this direction for quite some time but my right side always gave me some problems. I purchased the BD Automatic Injector # 328245 for about $18.00 from Walgreens. It is a spring loaded device that has a small push button on its side for release of the needle into the penis. All you have to do is load the syringe, place it in a proper position on the skin surface and gently push in the release button. No pain, no anticipation, very smooth and its overwith before you know it.....what a pleasure and a dream. Absolutely no anxiety making the process almost transparent. I bit the bullet and very happy I did.
Hope this is of some consolation to those in need.
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