How to use the Wegovy Pen
So your medical care provider has prescribed you Wegovy in Canada. Since most of us are unfamiliar with injectables, you are probably curious about the proper way to utilize the injectable pen. Continue reading for detailed instructions and a video demonstration that will enable you to confidently use your medication.
Always wash your hands prior to handling or using the injector pen.
Check to ensure you have the right medication and dose. Check the pen to ensure that it is not broken or damaged, that the medication is clear and colourless and the expiration date has not passed.
Ensure you have all the required supplies including alcohol swabs, 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, and avoid using the same area every week.
Remove cap and prepare the pen for application.
Push the pen firmly against your skin until the yellow bar has stopped moving. You will hear 2 clicks during this process, to indicate that the injection has started and then stopped. Unlike some other injector pens, you will not hear clicks while the injection is being administered.
Once the yellow bar stops moving, slowly lift the pen away from your skin and dispose off the pen in an appropriate sharps container.
View the video here for a helpful demonstration of the Wegovy pen.
- Do not touch the area to be injected after cleaning or after injecting with the Wegovy 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.
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