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Injection Sites for Wegovy: How and Where to Inject Wegovy

Key Takeaways
  • The best injection sites for Wegovy are the lower stomach (about 2 inches from the belly button), the front of your thighs, and upper arms.
  • Leave 1-2 inches between injection sites and rotate locations to avoid irritation.
  • Never inject Wegovy directly into muscles, veins, or joints, and you should avoid areas showing signs of infection, skin damage, or irritation.

If you've been prescribed Wegovy, you might have questions about how to use the pen — most of us are new to injectables. We rounded up all the tips and information you need on where and how to inject Wegovy.

Injection sites for Wegovy: How and where to inject

Choosing the best place to inject Wegovy is important to maximize the medication's benefit and minimize possible side effects.

Still wondering about the best place to inject Wegovy? Keep reading for expert tips and advice from healthcare practitioners on how to get the most out of Wegovy.

Where is the best place to inject Wegovy?

The easiest place to inject Wegovy is into the lower stomach area, about 1-2 inches away from the navel;. This also ensures that the medication gets absorbed into your bloodstream quickly and it's an easy-to-reach spot when injecting. 

You can also rotate injection sites between your lower stomach, upper legs (thighs), and upper arms if needed. Injecting into fatty tissue rather than muscle is also recommended as it helps absorption and reduces the burning or stinging sensations sometimes felt during the injection.

Here is a list of the best injection sites for Wegovy:

  • Lower stomach
  • Upper legs (thighs)
  • Upper arms 

You should leave 1-2 inches between injection sites every time you inject to avoid irritation. Ensure strict hygiene protocols by cleaning your hands and the injection site, when using any of these areas as injection spots.

Choosing an optimal injection site for Wegovy is vital to getting the maximum benefit from this medication while avoiding unnecessary side effects like pain or skin reactions. If you need help determining where you should inject, speak with a healthcare practitioner. They can provide advice tailored to your needs based on your physical condition and body size.

How to use a Wegovy pen

When preparing for an injection of Wegovy, it is essential to wash your hands and clean and dry the skin (with soap and water) beforehand to reduce the risk of infection and irritation. Never share needles when self-administering medications like Wegovy, as this increases the risk of contamination.

Using a Wegovy pen is a fast and straightforward process, but it's important to make sure that you follow the instructions below carefully.

First, check the expiration date of your pen — if it is expired, you'll need to use a new one. Clean the injection area, apply the needle tip to the pen and then turn the dose selector dial until the dose counter shows your current dose. Hold the pen with the needle in your skin at 90 degrees and press the injection button until all of the medication has been dispensed. Continue to hold the needle in your skin for a minimum of 6 seconds before you remove the needle. Finally, dispose of used needles safely.

It's also important to remember that Wegovy should be stored in a refrigerator (2 to 8˚C) before your first use. After your first use, Wegovy can be stored at room temperature (below 30˚C) or in a refrigerator (2 to 8˚C) for 8 weeks. If your Wegovy pen has been exposed to temperatures above 30˚C, has been out of the refrigerator for more than 8 weeks, or has been frozen, throw it out. 

Keep the pen cap on when not being used in order to protect it from light. Always remove the injection needle tip immediately after each injection and store your medication without a needle attached. This can help prevent blocked needles, contamination, infection, leakage of solution, and inaccurate dosing. If you have to travel with your pen or leave it out for any reason, Wegovy can be kept at room temperature (below 30˚C) for up to 28 days. 

Be sure to have everything you need (medication pen, needle tips) ready and nearby to take your time with all steps and remember everything during injection time. Then take a few deep breaths before beginning. You've got this!

Where can I not inject Wegovy?

You shouldn't inject Wegovy into some areas of the body. This medication should never be injected directly into your muscles, veins, or joints. It's best to avoid injecting at sites that show signs of infection, inflammation (i.e. tender, bruised, red, or hard skin), or areas with scars or stretch marks. 

Also, always rotate injection sites by spacing out injection sites by at least one to two inches, in order not to irritate the skin. The easiest spots for successful injections are typically the abdomen or buttocks areas, but other places like your thighs and upper arms can be used too.

It's also beneficial to keep a log of your injections, noting which site you used each time and any side effects that may occur during use. Doing this can help track the effectiveness of different injection sites and give you more control.

How do you administer a Wegovy injection?

Administering a Wegovy injection is a simple process that starts with proper preparation. Wash your hands and the intended injection site with warm water, soap, or an alcohol swab. This helps remove any germs that could cause infection if transferred into your body.

Once the area is clean, apply the needle tip to the pen and then turn the dose selector dial until the dose counter shows your current dose. Hold the pen with the needle in your skin at 90 degrees and press the injection button until all of the medication has been dispensed. Hold the needle in your skin for a minimum of 6 seconds before you remove the needle.  Finally, dispose of used needles safely.

Always consult with your healthcare practitioner before administering injections of any kind.

When to see a healthcare practitioner

If you have any questions or concerns about the best place to inject Wegovy, it's essential to consult with a healthcare practitioner first. 

Your healthcare practitioner can help you identify the most suitable injection sites for your body and help ensure that you're safely and effectively administering your medication every time.

They can also provide valuable information on what supplies are needed for administering injections of Wegovy and helpful tips on how to administer them properly. They can also advise on safely handling and disposing of needle tips and other used materials.

Want more information or to talk to a healthcare practitioner to see if this treatment might be right for you? Learn more about how to get Wegovy in Canada.

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