Re: Do i have to use my prescription for strips?
You do have to use test strips that are compatible with your particular meter. For example, you can't use One Touch test strips with a Countour or a Freestyle meter. But within a specific test strip (i.e., Contour), if you can find them cheaper, go for it!
The nurse should have explained things better to you, and there should be instructions in the box your meter came in. If that's not the case, then call your doctor back and ask for more information.