Hey, guys, this is NP & clinic owner Britney Jackson here at Jackson Health and Wellness Clinic! Today, we are talking about how to properly administer your own GLP-1 medications from home. We talked about these medications in last month’s blog, which you should definitely check out first!
After your initial consultation here at the clinic, if you start your weight loss subscription, we will show you how to use these medications, which will be delivered to you at home. You can save this page for reference, or I highly recommend you check out our video on Youtube here.
We have a lot of patients now that are on our monthly subscriptions of Semaglutide. If you’re interested in doing that, you need to read the last couple of blogs, or check out our videos on YouTube to find out more about our Semaglutide membership plans, what it is, how much it costs, and how you can get involved.
So these medications are shipped directly to your house, along with syringes, alcohol pads, everything you need to do the injections. But if you’ve never done an injection before, you may be confused. We will teach you how to do them in the office, but sometimes it’s nice to have something to refer to in case you forget.
So the things that you’re going to need, are your vial, a syringe, and an alcohol pad. All of that should have come directly to you. So the first thing we’re going to do is open our alcohol pad and we are going to clean off the top of our bottle.
Now, why do we do that? Once this vial has been open, it has been exposed to air and germs. So there could be germs on top of the bottle that we don’t want to get in the vial because what is inside the vial is considered sterile. So we wipe the top of our bottle off with our alcohol pad.
Filling the Syringe
We get our needles. So you want to uncap your needle. These aren’t insulin syringes, so they’re tiny little needles. Syringes can come in a variety of sizes– the one in our sample video is a 50ml syringe, and I demonstrate how to draw 25mL. You will draw the appropriate amount for your dosage once we get to that step.
Before we draw any liquid, we’re going to hold the needle perpendicular to the bottle and go straight in to the center of the bottle where the little circle is. Once in the vial, you’re going to invert it, which means to turn it upside down. Keep everything held together very firmly.
You need to learn how to hold the vial with your index finger, middle finger and thumb, so, again, I highly recommend checking out our video listed above. You’re going to be holding all of this in one hand so you can use the other hand to draw the liquid into the syringe. So I’m going very slowly and gently pull back on the needle plunger until I get the appropriate units for my dosage.
Now, if there is any air in your syringe that you need to get rid of, very gently, kind of tap it with your finger. Don’t hit it really hard because you’re going to bend your needle doing that. Sometimes you need to pull back a little bit more and then push back up to your measurement marker. But once you get to the units that you need, you’re just going to take the vial and pull straight back off your syringe.
Ready to go?
You can either lay it on the alcohol pad or recap the needle. Most of the time we don’t recap needles. However, this needle hasn’t been in anyone, so there’s no risk of contamination. And putting it right back in the cap that it came with is a safe way to hold it until you’re ready to inject it.
So when you’re giving these injections, they are subcu injections, meaning they need to stay in the fatty tissue. Most people do them in the abdomen, about two inches away from the belly button. Rotate sites. If you’re having someone else do it, they can use the back part of your arm here or you can give it in the leg. You just need to be sure that you’re staying in the subcutaneous tissue and you’re not getting into the muscle tissue.
This medication is meant to work in the subcu. If you get it into the muscle, it won’t be as effective. Once you’ve picked your spot, you’re going to take your alcohol pad and you’re going to clean off the spot that you’re going to inject.
We are going to uncap our needle here and, if you’re doing this on yourself, you’re going to kind of pinch up a little bit of skin in between your fingers. And when you do this, it needs to go straight in. You don’t tilt it at any angle because of how small these needles are. It needs to go directly into the skin.
Also, as you’re pushing the needle in, don’t have your finger on the plunger because you could accidentally push the medication in before the needle is all the way in. So you’re going to push the needle straight in. If you have two hands and can do it, you can stabilize the needle with one hand or you can just move your finger back and push all the medication in at a slow, steady rate.
Give it a second or two to make sure all the medicine came out and then pull straight back out. This needle is then ready to be disposed of in a proper sharps container. Typically, we do not recommend recapping now because this has actually been inside someone and so it could have some blood and stuff on it.
That is how you appropriately give a subcu injection. Typically after injections, you shouldn’t bruise or bleed. These things can happen on occasion, but it’s rare. You may have a little redness or irritation at the injection site, which is why we recommend rotating the site. If you have any questions or you would like to get involved in our Semaglutide membership program, you can reach us at (270) 629-6722.
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