Instructions on Using Injectable Drugs

Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.

If using a new bottle for the first time, flip off the plastic cover to expose the gray rubber stopper. Wipe metal ring and rubber stopper with an alcohol wipe each time you use the drug. Check the liquid in the container. If it is not clear or has particles in it, DO NOT USE IT. Exchange it at your pharmacy for another container.

Remove outer wrapping from one syringe. Pull plunger back until the tip of the plunger is at the required unit mark. If you are unsure of which mark to use, consult your prescribing physician's office.

Take cover off needle. Push the needle through the center of the rubber stopper on the drug bottle.

Push the plunger all the way in to inject air into the bottle.

Keep the needle in the bottle and turn the bottle upside down. Check to make sure the tip of the needle is in the liquid. Slowly pull back on the plunger, until the syringe fills to the prescribed unit mark.

{When the amount of drug left in the bottle is small, take special care to hold the bottle straight and to keep the needle tip in liquid while pulling back on the plunger.}

Keeping the needle in the bottle and the bottle upside down, check for air bubbles in the syringe. If you see any, push the plunger slowly in to push the air bubble back into the bottle. Keep the tip of the needle in the liquid and pull the plunger back again to fill to the prescribed unit mark.

Do this again if necessary to eliminate air bubbles. Remove needle from bottle and lay syringe down. DO NOT TOUCH THE NEEDLE OR ALLOW THE NEEDLE TO TOUCH ANY SURFACE.

To protect your skin, inject each daily dose at a different spot.

Choose an injection spot. Cleanse the injection spot with another alcohol wipe.

Hold the syringe in one hand. Hold the skin taut, or pull up a little flesh with the other hand, as you were instructed.

Holding the syringe as you would a pencil, quickly thrust the needle all the way into the skin at a 90° angle. Depress plunger completely.

Hold an alcohol wipe down on your skin where the needle is inserted and withdraw the needle at the same angle it was inserted.

Use the disposable syringe only once and dispose of it properly as you were instructed. Needles thrown into a garbage bag could accidentally stick someone. A recommended container is a large, plastic milk jug or similar.

NEVER LEAVE SYRINGES, NEEDLES OR DRUGS WHERE CHILDREN CAN REACH THEM.

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sno - 7 months ago
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