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Dexcom - Overview
The Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitoring system, also known as the Dexcom CGM system, is a wearable sensor used in tracking glucose levels by people with diabetes. People who might need a prescription for the Dexcom transmitter system, including Dexcom G6 and Dexcom G5 CGM, can use Push Health to connect with a local medical provider who can prescribe a Dexcom transmitter when appropriate to do so.
How Does Dexcom Work?
The Dexcom CGM system is a small sensor that one wears and uses to transmit glucose numbers to a receiver or smart device on a regular schedule (generally every five minutes). Like the FreeStyle Libre system, the Dexcom transmitter systems (Dexcom G6 and G5) help people with diabetes make more informed decisions about what medications to use and when as they are empowered with more data. Featuring a long-life sensor that is easy to insert and multiple alert schedules, the Dexcom transmitter adds simplicity to blood glucose monitoring as it does not require calibration and is minimally impacted by acetaminophen use. The Dexcom CGM app syncs with a variety of smart devices and systems, including the Apple Watch, Google Fit and Samsung Health. For most people, it is important to note that the Dexcom CGM system should not be used as a full replacement for self-monitoring glucose levels.
Dexcom CGM - Cost and Coupon
The Dexcom CGM system is moderately expensive, costing over $600 for one Dexcom transmitter and three Dexcom sensors at many pharmacies in the United States. Dexcom coupons may be available through the manufacturer or online to help reduce the costs associated with the transmitter. Some insurance plans may also cover costs associated with a Dexcom CGM system, depending on the insurance plan.
Can I Buy Dexcom Online?
The Dexcom continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) transmitter requires a prescription to be obtained at pharmacies in the United States. Because of this, one cannot just buy Dexcom online transmitters without first undergoing a consultation to obtain a prescription. People who need a Dexcom G5 or G6 prescription, however, can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe a Dexcom transmitter when appropriate to do so.
Dexcom - Precautions
Before using a Dexcom G6 or G5 transmitter, it is important to understand how it works and discuss concerns and possible side effects with a medical provider and pharmacist. The Dexcom CGM should not be used when undergoing a CT, MRI or diathermy. Skin care products such as sunscreens and insect repellents should not touch the Dexcom transmitter as it can increase the risk of cracking. One should seek help if the Dexcom transmitter wire breaks off as part of the wire may still be under the skin. Dexcom G5 and G6 transmitters should not be shared between patients and the skin should be monitored for signs of redness, swelling or pain. As expected, it is necessary to follow instructions in the Dexcom CGM transmitter packaging prior to using the device.
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Last updated March 2, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.