If you have been prescribed Ozempic for the first time, you may not be familiar with an injector pen and may have questions about how to use it safely. Continue reading for detailed instructions and a video demonstration that will enable you to confidently use your medication.
View the video below for a helpful demonstration of the Ozempic pen.
Always wash your hands prior to handling or using the injector pen.
Check to ensure you have the right medication. Check the pen to ensure that it is not broken or damaged, that the medication is clear, has no particles, is colour-less and the expiration date has not passed.
Ensure you have all the required supplies including alcohol swabs, disposable needles, sharps disposable container for used needles, and a gauze pad or cotton ball.
Choose your injection site, as advised by your healthcare team. This may include front of the thighs or lower stomach, away from the belly button. Ensure that the area is cleaned with an alcohol swab, .
Remove cap and prepare the pen for application by pushing a needle straight onto the pen.
Check the flow of the pen, whenever you are using a pen for the first time. This can be done by turning the dose selector to the flow check symbol, and pressing the application button until a small drop appears.
Select the correct dose as advised by your healthcare professional.
Push the pen firmly against your skin and press the application button to inject the dose until the counter shows 0. You will hear clicking during the administration of the dose.
After the clicking stops and the dose counter reaches 0, slowly count to 6, and then remove the needle from your skin. Carefully remove the needle, taking care to avoid a needle stick injury on your hand or fingers. Dispose off the needle in an appropriate sharps container and do not re-use it.
- Do not put the inner needle cap back on the needle after using it, as it will increase chances of a needle stick injury.
- Do not touch the area to be injected after cleaning or after injecting with the Ozempic pen.
- If you see some blood at an injection site, press lightly with a sterile gauze pad or cotton ball.
- Injection sites should not be the exact same site each week to avoid skin irritation.
- Avoid injecting into tender, bruised, irritated or hard skin, as well as any scars or stretch marks.
- Remember that the injections are designed for subcutaneous application (i.e. under the skin tissue), and not into muscle or veins.
- Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for storing the pen, and avoid dropping it on hard surfaces.
Getting Ozempic in Canada:
Looking for an Ozempic prescription online? You can be prescribed Ozempic if it is suitable for your medical history by a Cloudcure medical practitioner. Learn more about getting Ozempic in Canada here.
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