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Abbott Freestyle Libre

The freestyle libre blood glucose monitoring system is manufactured by Abbott, and is the only one of its kind in the world.

The system uses flash glucose monitoring to help you understand your glucose levels and to give you a complete picture, without the need for lancets or a bulky testing kit.

Abbott’s freestyle libre sensor allows you to manage your blood glucose in the most modern way possible – by transforming your smart phone into a reader so that you can take care of your health on the go.

You can now buy the freestyle libre sensor from iMeds UK - no consultation needed



Abbott Freestyle Libre Capsules Patient Information Leaflet

Last Patient Information Review: 09/11/2020

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The freestyle libre blood glucose monitoring system is manufactured by Abbott, and is the only one of its kind in the world.

The system uses flash glucose monitoring to help you understand your glucose levels and to give you a complete picture, without the need for lancets or a bulky testing kit.

Abbott’s freestyle libre sensor allows you to manage your blood glucose in the most modern way possible – by transforming your smart phone into a reader so that you can take care of your health on the go.

You can now buy the freestyle libre sensor from iMeds UK - no consultation needed



Abbott Freestyle Libre Capsules Patient Information Leaflet

Last Patient Information Review: 09/11/2020

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Freestyle Libre Sensor

The sensor itself is small enough to be discreet and hidden if you wish. The freestyle libre sensor should usually be applied to the back of one of your upper arms, away from any insulin injection site, moles, tattoos, irritated skin or hair. Once the sensor is inserted, most users don’t even notice it, and can’t feel it during day to day life.

The freestyle libre sensor lasts for up to 14 days, and automatically deactivates after this amount of time, so make sure that you have a new one ready to apply before your current one runs out. The adhesive on the sensors are strong enough to hold for 2 weeks, but you should still be careful not to catch it or pull it during every day activities, as it could disturb the adhesive and mean that your sensor isn’t as secure.

Freestyle libre sensors are waterproof, but it’s important to not submerge them in deep water, or have them immersed for more than 30 minutes.

The sensor is painless and allows for instant glucose readings so that you can stay on top of your diabetes without needing to carry a testing kit with you.

Flash glucose monitoring

Flash glucose monitoring is a new way of measuring your blood sugar levels, and it doesn’t involve lancets or painful fingertips. Currently, freestyle libre sensors are the only flash glucose monitoring systems available, but many find that they allow them the freedom to check their glucose levels within seconds, even from their smart phone.

Because of the way freestyle libre sensors work, you can either use the dedicated reader, or download the app onto your smart phone for quick and easy readings without having to carry any extra equipment.

The beauty of flash glucose monitoring is that you can quickly and easily obtain your blood glucose data via RFID technology. When the reader or phone app is activated and waved over the freetyle libre sensor, it should beep, meaning that it’s successfully read your current glucose levels.

The sensor itself can store the last 8 hours of your blood glucose data, meaning that you can see graphs and trends, both during the day and at night so that you can get a full picture of your blood sugar, making it easier to spot patterns.

How does freestyle libre work?

Freestyle libre works by measuring the glucose in your interstatial fluid (ISF) rather than the actual blood. However, it’s still accurate and reliable, but may take a few minutes to catch up with your blood readings. Because of this, if you take a finger prick test at the same time as scanning your freestyle libre, the two results might not be the same.

Applying the freestyle libre sensor is quick, easy, and painless if you follow these steps:

  • Choose the area you’ll apply the sensor to and clean it with the included alcohol wipe. Allow it to dry. Make sure you choose an area away from any insulin injection site, tattoos, moles, irritated skin or hair. You might find that it works best to shave before you apply the sensor to make sure that the adhesive stays.
  • Line up the dark line on the applicator with the dark line on the sensor pack, and lock into place by pushing down until you hear a click.
  • Place the applicator over the chosen area and push down to release. Make sure that the freestyle libre sensor is secure.
  • Activate the sensor either with your reader or the smartphone app. It should beep to let you know that the sensor is now activated. After around 60 minutes, you can take your first reading.

When you apply the freestyle libre sensor to your arm, a tiny, microfilament needle is inserted around 5mm into the skin, and most people that use the system say that it isn’t painful and that they don’t notice it at all.

Thanks to contactless technology, freestyle libre doesn’t need to draw any blood for you to read your glucose levels, as the microfilament sensor is able to keep a constant check on them for the entire time that you wear the sensor.

Unfortunately, the DVLA don’t currently recognise flash glucose monitoring, so you’ll still need to do the occasional finger prick test when you plan on driving, as well as when you suspect you may be about to experience a hypo, or when your glucose levels are rapidly changing.

Most people find that the freestyle libre doesn’t need any additional tape to secure it in place, but keep in mind that if it does come off, you will need to apply a new one.

Please keep in mind that you may be asked to remove your freestyle libre sensor if you need a CT scan, MRI, or X-Ray.

Freestyle libre NHS

Freestyle libre sensors are available on the NHS in some areas, but only under certain critera. Unfortunately, this means that many people that might benefit from the system don’t qualify for it under the NHS guidelines. At the moment, it’s mostly reserved for type 1 diabetics that need to test their blood glucose levels at regular intervals throughout the day. You can check with your GP if freestyle libre is offered in your area and if you’d be eligible for it.

Freestyle libre cost

Privately, the freestyle libre cost is currently around £55 per sensor, or roughly £110 per month. Whilst this might seem like a lot, however, if you find that you’re needing to buy many extra test strips than what your GP will prescribe, the cost of the freestyle libre might not be too different to what you already pay.

Freestyle libre sensor buy online

Freestyle libre sensors are now available to buy online, and include the applicator, alcohol wipe, and a user manual.

If you buy your freestyle libre sensors online, make sure that your next one will arrive before your current one runs out, otherwise, you’ll need to use finger prick tests until the new sensor arrives.

Freestyle libre sensors are available to buy online from Doctor4U without a prescription. You don’t need to fill out a consultation form for the flash glucose monitoring system – just add it to your cart and check out as normal.

Doctor4U offers a wide range of shipping options, and you’re always guaranteed a confidential and discreet service.

Dosage instructions
Use as directed by manufacturer instructions.