How to use the Ozempic Pen

Monday 9 January 2023
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Table of Contents

I. Where to inject Ozempic

II. How to inject Ozempic

III. How to store Ozempic

IV. How long to stay on Ozempic

V. Side effects

Ozempic is an injectable medication that can help control blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetes patients. Ozempic, also known as semaglutide, may cause weight loss, and physicians may prescribe semaglutide for this off-label use. Ozempic is not a traditional oral medication; you must inject it under the skin.

Self-injections may sound intimidating, but using Ozempic is simple and easy once you learn how to administer the drug correctly. You can save hundreds of dollars a year through a Canadian online pharmacy like RxConnected. Learn more about how to use the Ozempic pen below.

Where to inject Ozempic 

Once you receive your Ozempic prescription, it is important to understand the function of Ozempic and its dosage. The pen comes pre-filled and you will not use the whole pen in one dosage so pay attention to the dosage markers on the pen. Dosages may vary, so it is important to talk to your doctor before beginning an Ozempic treatment plan.

a man injecting Ozempic

Unlike many medications, Ozempic is not taken daily. Semaglutide is a once-weekly medication that delivers medication to the body subcutaneously. The best places to inject Ozempic are the stomach, thigh, and upper arm. It is best to change up the area of injection every week to prevent bruising in one area. You do not have to inject Ozempic deeply, only under the skin. Never inject it into the muscle or a vein.

If you take Ozempic for type 2 diabetes, you may be familiar with insulin injections. Having prior experience can make it easier to begin injections, but it is important to give separate injections for insulin and Ozempic. Inject the different drugs in different body areas and never insert the needles next to each other. [1]

It is essential to take Ozempic on the same day each week. You do not have to take it at the same time that day, but try to keep it as consistent as possible. If you forget to take your Ozempic on your injection day, take it as soon as you remember, but do not double up the dose because you may experience serious complications.

How to Inject Ozempic

Once you have read all of Ozempic’s directions, you may begin the injection. Before taking out your pen, wash your hands and ensure the medicine is clear and colorless. Your prescription will come with needles; you must use a new needle before every injection. This process is only necessary once a week, and you will probably get more comfortable as you continue your treatment.

  1. Attach the needle and dispose of the inner needle caps.
  2. Check the flow of your Ozempic pen and if you suspect an issue, tell your doctor before injecting the medication.
  3. Dial the pen to select your dose.
  4. Use an alcohol pad to clean the injection area.
  5. Insert the needle into your stomach area, upper arm, or thigh.
  6. Press the dose button until 0 milligrams lines up with the pointer. Keep the needle under the skin for five seconds to ensure the injection is distributed.
  7. Take the needle out of your skin and dispose of the needle in a sharps container.

How to store Ozempic

Once you have completed your injection, you will want to store Ozempic properly to prevent contamination from the sun. Replace the cap on Ozempic and store it away from light sources. It is important to keep it in a neutral area away from extreme temperature fluctuations.

a refrigerator

An Ozempic pen expires after 56 days, so you must dispose of your pen after that amount of time. Ozempic should remain in the refrigerator up until your first dose. After the first dose, you can keep your pen at room temperature. [1] 

How long can you stay on Ozempic?

It may take weeks before the initial effects of Ozempic become apparent, so you may take Ozempic for several months. The FDA performed a 68-week study, but it may be used for longer. The trials only lasted 68 weeks, so semaglutide may be used longer, but more studies are coming out to determine the safety of long-term Ozempic use. [2]

Ozempic Side Effects

Ozempic encourages insulin release from the pancreas and slows the stomach emptying. Both of these functions help regulate blood sugar spikes and may reduce feelings of hunger. With continued use, many of these side effects will go away, but if they become persistent, tell your physician. Because semaglutide affects the gastrointestinal system, stomach problems are the most common Ozempic side effects. These side effects may include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Acid reflux 

a woman looking ill over a toilet

Using the Ozempic pen is easy and simple to use once you learn the basics of once-weekly semaglutide. If you want to learn more about Ozempic, you can visit our blog for more information.

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