If you’re just starting Ozempic, either as a diabetic medication or to lose weight more effectively, and you haven’t used anything resembling the Ozempic pen in the past, it’s important to learn how to use the Ozempic pen properly. Below, you will find a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
Before Injecting Ozempic
- The first thing you need to do before you even touch the Ozempic pen is wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. If you store your Ozempic pen in the fridge, then take it out and let it sit at room temperature for about half an hour.
- Make sure that the medication you’re about to take is Ozempic – the name should be written on the label. Check that the pen is not damaged or expired and that the medicine inside it is clear and colorless.
- Pick the injection site – the Ozempic injection should be given to the fatty tissues under your skin in your upper arm, stomach, or thigh area. It’s recommended to switch the injection sites with each injection in order to prevent changes in the fat under the skin, also known as lipodystrophy.
- Remove the pen cap and attach a new needle, ensuring that it’s secure. Don’t use the same needle several times for sanitary reasons.
- Check the Ozempic flow. You can do that by selecting the flow check symbol. Press it and hold it until the dose counter shows 0. If the flow of the pen is as it should be, you will notice a drop at the needle tip. If it’s not there, chances are the Ozempic pen is clogged – don’t use it in that case, as you might administer a smaller dose than required.
- If everything seems to be right with your Ozempic pen, select the correct dose by turning the dose selector until the dose counter shows the amount you’re supposed to take.
- Make sure that the injection area is dry and clean. Pinch a fold of skin at the chosen injection site, hold the Ozempic pen at a 90-degree angle, and inject the medication by pressing and holding the dose button until you see 0 on the dose counter.
- Hold it for about 5 more seconds to ensure all of the medication you’re supposed to take gets administered into your body, and remove the needle from your skin at the same angle you inserted it. Be very careful not to touch the used needle with your hands, and make sure that you dispose of it correctly.
After Injecting Ozempic
- Once the injection is done and the needle is removed, put back the pen cap on your Ozempic pen. Store it properly until the next injection. Keep in mind that an Ozempic pen has an expiration date of 56 days after the first injection. If it’s been longer than that, don’t use it; dispose of it correctly and use a new pen instead.
- When using the same Ozempic pen a few times in a row, you need to make sure that there’s enough medication in it for the weekly dose you were prescribed by the doctor. So, if your prescribed dose is 0.5 mg, and the dose selector cannot reach that specific dose, then there’s not enough left for a full dose, and it would be best to dispose of the pen and use a new one, even if there’s something left in it.
The Bottom Line
While using an Ozempic pen can be intimidating, especially when it’s your first time using a medication in that form, it’s actually a pretty straightforward process, and as long as you follow instructions, it should be a piece of cake! Trust us, do it a few times, and before you know it, you will be doing it intuitively.