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I need to change glucometers, any advice

I need to change glucometers, any advice?

Date: July 27, 2009 07:24AM


When Tida was first diagnosed, I rushed and bought an expensive iPet glucometer through 1800petmeds (it was $79.99). The test strips are $29.99 + shipping for only 25 strips. I am almost out of strips, and I believe that if I buy another brand of meter, that the replacements strips will be less expensive and I can get them locally.

I have seen talk of a walmart brand or possible accu-check. Any advice on the best buys?


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Re: I need to change glucometers, any advice?

Date: July 27, 2009 07:39AM


I only have experience with the walmart relion micro. It was pretty cheap, I think maybe it was around 12.00? And it came with a lancing pen, a few test strips, different colored covers for the meter, and the meter itself. The lancets run 4.00 for 100 I believe, the test strips, which you can ONLY get from wal mart run 22.00 for 50. For us it seemed the best way to go since it requires such a smalllllllllll drop of blood. Now that her ears are bleeding pretty well for us we are thinking of switching to a different meter, like an accucheck only because you can buy the test strips on e bay, where you get more quantity for just a little more money. But for now we are happy with the walmart relion micro.

Re: I need to change glucometers, any advice?

Date: July 27, 2009 02:40PM


AccuChek Aviva is good but the test strips are pricey. Many buy the test strips from EBay or various pharmacy web sites like HealthWarehouse.com

AccuChek Advantage takes too large a drop of blood (M&M candy size) and it takes too long to give a reading so I don't recommend it.

Many people like the ReliOn meteres from Wal Mart. They are inexpensive, both the meter and the test strips. Last I checked a meter was $9.99 and a box of 50 test strips was $20. There are a few different meter models you can choose from.

One Touch Ultra is good and not too expensive.

A generic meter like TruTrack or SideKick also works well. Most pharmacies have their own generic meter and test strips.

 

Re: I need to change glucometers, any advice?

Date: July 28, 2009 07:00AM


I also used the Walmart Relion meter for both Witn and Spot. I was very pleased with it and the couple times I had to contact their customer support because Callie damaged the meters knocking them off the counter, their customer support department was excellant and I had a new meter the next day.

 

Re: I need to change glucometers, any advice?

Date: July 30, 2009 10:56AM


I got the WalMart Relion meter for $9.99. It came with a few test strips a few lancets, a lancet pen, carrying case, and log book.

The Relion uses .6 ul blood, pretty small, and completes it's test in 5 seconds.

I have been happy with it.

That said, I also just purchased a Precision Xtra Blood Glucose and Ketone Monitoring System. I got that one specifically for testing blood ketones. I haven't tried it out yet.

Re: I need to change glucometers, any advice?

Date: July 31, 2009 08:48AM


I used a one touch ultra and mini meters. I found the least expensive test strips at: www.overstockdrugstore.com.

Re: I need to change glucometers, any advice?

Date: August 3, 2009 04:15AM


I have the True Test from Walgreens. Got my first strips free for buying the glucometer. (However pharmacist gave me wrong strips and had to go buy new ones! So they weren't free afterall.) Make sure they give you the right strips. It's easy to use and calibrate. And wicks up and reads from a very small drop of blood. But I am a newbie - so I hope it is a good glucometer! It was mentioned on Dr. Lisa's site as OK.

Re: I need to change glucometers, any advice?

Date: August 8, 2009 02:20PM


I just saw the Relion Ultima ($9) is being discontinued (i.e. test strips won't be around much longer) - many seem to like the Relion Micro which I think is $12 and test strips run $44 for 100 from what I've seen here.

If you continue with the iPet, I have found the cheapest test strips on Hocks - $33 for 50, and you can get the shipping free if you order over $80 of stuff at a time

If you order from Hocks by using this link, you will help support hosting of FelineDiabetes.com and it won't cost you an extra penny!
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Love my ReliOn Micro

Date: August 8, 2009 07:52PM

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Re: I need to change glucometers, any advice?

Date: August 8, 2009 11:39PM


I use the TrueTrack Smart System. Relatively inexpensive and it can test using 1 microliter of blood - less than any other meter that I am aware of. The only downside? It takes 10 seconds for the results instead of the typical 5 seconds most meters take. BUT if you order from:

[www.americandiabeteswholesale.com]

The meter is $13.29 and the strips, for a box of 50, are $22.99 - or you can get the combo of the tester and 100 strips for $45.98.

This is the same exact meter that I use on myself (hypoglycemic) My cat and I actually share the meter - and that my niece (type 1 diabetic) and my Dad (type 2 diabetic) also use.


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