Ozempic comes in a prefilled syringe called a pen, which can be used several times. Because the needle is very small, the injection usually does not hurt, but you may feel a brief sting. Here are the steps for properly injecting your Ozempic medication.
How to prep your injection site
- Choose an injection site that has fat under the skin—either in the abdomen or upper thigh (do not inject into a muscle or vein)
- Clean the skin at the injection site with an alcohol swab or soap and water
How to prep your pen
- Check the label to make sure that the pen contains the correct medication (Ozempic)
- Look at the liquid inside the pen. It should be clear and colorless
- Make sure the expiration date has not yet passed
- Tear the paper tab from the needle and attach the needle to the pen, twisting it in gently, until it locks.
- Remove both caps (from the pen and the needle) and place them onto a clean surface
- Turn the dose selector until you see the flow check symbol
- Slowly press down the button until the counter reads “0,” and make sure a small drop appears at the tip of the needle
- Turn the selector until you see the dose prescribed by your physician
How to inject Ozempic
- Press the needle into the skin, then press the dose button down until the dose meter reads “0”
- Slowly count to six and then withdraw the pen
- Remove the needle and discard it into a sharps container
- Put the pen cap back on the pen
Where to find more information
For more information on the Ozempic pen, visit the manufacturer’s information page.