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Freestyle Libre Sensor Failures

Since switching to the FreeStyle Libre 14-day sensors 10 months ago, I have had 7 sensors fail prematurely. I used the 10-day sensors for about 10 months prior to switching to 14-day sensors. I never had any sensor failures with the 10-day ones. Although Abbott replaces them each time, it takes about 30 mins on the phone with them, and my medicare provider will only ship 2 sensors every 25 days, so I am often without my CGM. Has anyone else had this issue with the Freestyle Libre? Are other brands more reliable? Thank you.

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I’m sorry you’ve had that experience. I’m in Canada nad have been using the FreeStyle Libre for six months without a single sensor failure. I do occasionally get an error when I scan the sensor to try again later, but when I try 10 minutes or so later, it always works.

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I had that exact same problem winter 2018(Maine 30°, then 50°, then 10°, etc.) And it affected 10 and 14 day sensors equally. I used eversense for 6 months because of their bridge program and the libre us 14 day no longer working with blucon and miaomiao bs, however, I discovered flex fix tape on this forum somewhere and it has helped tremendously… I also now have the miaomiao2 under the flex fix tape and will change it and recharge the miaomiao2 after 7 days just to be safe, but the flex flux tape us key.

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I also tried nor bot latex(horrible), skin tac(still fell off), and mastisol(messy, helped with edges, but not effective), iv3000 is very similar to flex flix tape, but is a little big and more for pumps, which I am not a fan of

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Thanks. Are you happy with the Eversense? Has it been reliable? Apparently it is now medicare approved, and the bridge program seems to take the sting out of the switch. Does the flex tape irritate your skin? The tape and the transmitter seem to be the
big drawbacks.

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I was very happy with the eversense and probably would have stayed with it if my insurance company (cigna) covered it, however, after they told me not to pay for the insertion because the nurse practitioner did not receive prior authorization, they denied it due to the experimental nonsense. The sensor removal heals a lot slower though (2 weeks) than the insertion (1 week) so a sensor change usually means sleeping on your back for at least a week, and I often sleep on my side. The app was useless, however there are ways to make it work with xdrip which was the 1st thing I did. I don’t think it will be popular until the 6 month software is approved, or the 1 year…half the Dexcom users on this forum will stretch their 7 or 10 day Dexcom sensors to 90 days, so the extra scars don’t make sense for them…but I miss being able to remove it whenever I wanted, the Bluetooth always worked, recharging during the shower was nice, and the 1 day adhesive had no issues at all, and I never used anything extra…no skin tac, mastisol, tapes, grips, etc…for the libre, the flex tape rarely irritates…oddly enough, if I notice it at all, I’m often low or high, but its still rare…the smaller footprint of the miaomiao2 probably helps too.

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If the issue is the sensor falling off, then I’ve had good luck with RockTape H2O. It’s a bit stretchy, waterproof, and I don’t react to it. It also peels off very easily without leaving residue behind. I also like Opsite Flexi Fix tape, but have recently started reacting to it.

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Thanks Jen. I do lose a sensor now and then, but my big problem is electronic failure of the sensor. Sometimes they fail before the 14 says

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… before the 14 days have expired, and sometimes they won’t even start up. Thanks again

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Thanks Roger

I’m curious… are you starting with the neo Glucometer meter or the libre link app? The app says you can start the sensor with it, but I don’t trust it…its the only time I use the libre reader

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Hi Roger

I only use the Libre meter to start my sensors.

Chris

Would you know if the 10-day sensors work with the just Librelink app vs buying a reader? (In the US if that makes a difference).

Beth

They claim the libre link app will start the sensors, however, they did not start my 10 day sensors, and I had trouble with the miaomiao2 and 14 day sensor until I started it with the reader…in the us abbot will usually give you 1 reader for free, but only one. Since it was free from Abbot, and since I don’t want to wait 1 hour to see if the link app works, then wait another hour after the reader starts it, I haven’t tested it recently, but a few months ago only the reader started for me

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