{D-Mom Tested} Multiclix Lancing Device

by Leighann on June 26, 2012

(None of this constitutes medical advice. Ask your endocrinologist or CDE for recommendations about your or your child’s diabetes care.)

I’ll admit, I am very set in my ways. I am reluctant to change. And when something is working, I don’t like to shake things up.

I had heard several people mention that they like the Multiclix lancing device. During a phone conversation with the CDE, I asked her about the Multiclix and she said she would send me a sample of that and also the OneTouch Delica lancing device.

Some people like the Delica lancing device because the lancets are very fine gauge and hurt less. I decided against it because you have to handle the individual lancets.

The Multiclix has a drum that holds 6 lancets and you never have to see the sharp lancet.

We had been using the lancing device that came with our Abbott FreeStyle meter, which we had been using since diagnosis. I really like the FreeStyle meter and I l-o-v-e the butterfly FreeStyle test strips. I had just never given the lancing device a second thought.

But let me tell you not all lancing devices (and lancets) are created equal!

At the same time that I received samples of the two lancing devices, Q began testing her own blood sugar. It was not easy for her small hands to insert the FreeStyle lancet into the lancing device, twist off the cap without accidentally poking herself, lance her finger, and pop the lancet back into the cap (again without accidentally poking herself), and get it out to dispose of. I’m sure she would have gotten better at it with practice, but why make things difficult when you can make them easy?

Everyone in our family finds the Multiclix incredibly easy to use. We like the drum. I wish there was a way to only use each lancet once (it lets you use it over and over again if you want to). And I think the school appreciates that there aren’t pokey lancets to accidentally stick the nurse or teacher when they test her. When you pull out the used drum, they are self-contained.

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Roche sent me, as well as other attendees of past Social Media Summits, the new FastClix lancing device to try out. We used the FastClix for about a week until we had gone through all the lancet drums they sent us. It does require one less step, which I suppose is easier for some people, but we are so used to the Multiclix now that I don’t think we would ever switch.

In fact my husband accidentally stabbed himself with the lancet on his palm and was not happy. I accidentally lanced myself too. With the Multiclix, you press down on the end to prime and then push a small button to lance. With the FastClix, both steps are combined when you press the end.

Ouch! It really hurts when you aren’t expecting it!

I do like that the FastClix is a little shorter because the Multiclix doesn’t fit easily on some meter cases. I just hope they don’t stop making the Multiclix.

Also of note, there is no reason why someone has to use the same brand of lancing device as they do blood glucose meter. I still get questioned at the pharmacy sometimes. Just yesterday when I picked up a 90-day supply of test strips and a 90-day supply of lancets, the pharmacist asked me if I realized I was getting two different brands. Yes I do, thank you.

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Disclosure: Roche did not ask me to try or write about the Multiclix. We heard about it from the DOC and got a prescription. Roche did send me a FastClix and a few lancet drums but did not ask me to write about it. My relationship with Roche and my attendance at their Social Media Summits in no way shaped this post. Read my entire disclosure statement.

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1 Nicole June 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

We have used the multiclix since diagnosis and love it! I tested myself with a lancet that came with a free meter (the kind you have to change the lancet each time) and boy did that hurt more than the multiclix! I cannot imagine having to handle that and change it each time.

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2 Denise aka Mom of Bean June 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

We switched to the MultiClix when Bean started on the pod…gotta love samples from the CDE…and I can’t imagine using anything else!
Bean’s comment when she tried it was ‘good, now I don’t have to say ouch because that doesn’t hurt at all!’

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3 K June 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm

We like the MultiClix as well:) The thing I love most is not having to handle the individual lancets..because I lance myself quite often with the others! When you don’t have the depth-protection in place that can really hurt! And not having to change out the lancet each time is nice…especially when on-the-go or during those night-time checks. We currently are using the Delica (changed because of her sad-looking over-poked fingers…due mostly to the samples of the Bayer Microlet that we had been trying) and like that because of the super-fine lancets, but I find the shape and workings of the lancet device very difficult to use. May go back to the MultiClix when we exhaust this supply of lancets.

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4 Ann Onimous June 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm

We are huge on the Multi-Clix, but aren’t using it right now. The dog got hold of her meter case and destroyed her Ping meter-remote and her Multi-Clix, and we can’t afford to buy her another. She’s using the Delica right now.

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5 Emily July 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Try calling someone from Multi-Clix. When I called, I got two extra lancing devices sent to me, just because I said I use two meters.

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6 Sandra LoDuca June 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

We use the multi clix, we dont have anything negative things to say. Allot less medical waste.

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7 Stacey D. June 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I have been using the Multiclix for a long time and would never, ever use another lancing device. When the FastClix came out, I tried it and at first didn’t use it because it is a bit different. We are certainly creatures of habit! But the past couple of weeks, I’ve gotten used to it and like it just as much. It’s even better in those instances when blood doesn’t come out of my tough skin and I have to re-prick. No need to prime before lancing!

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