Steroid encyclopedia

How to inject yourself

There are many important facts to take into consideration when administering an injection and if you follow the basic rules, then you will have trouble-free therapy. The points to watch out for are as follows:

 Never share needles with another person. Destroy after use.

– Avoid injecting into the exact same area more than twice per week.

– Keep the area to be injected as clean as possible, use an alcoholic swab.

– Use a sharp needle every time. Avoid rubbing on the base of the vial.

– Use two needles if possible. One for pulling, one for jabbing. Stay sharp!

– Inject slowly, carefully and make sure the jab is all the way in. Under no circumstances should the fluid be injected just under the skin – it could abscess.

– Do not worry about a little blood. It could be that you have caught a tiny blood vessel. Apply firm pressure to the area and it will stop.

– Do not use too fine needle for oil-based fluids. It will take ages to inject and can cause pain.

– Keep away from the centre, lower back. This means avoiding your sciatic nerve unless you wish to break the high jump record. High and right is the rule (or left on the other cheek).

 Tap away all bubbles from the syringe, the minute ones will not cause any problems as it is an intra-muscular injections and not intra-vascular. Under no circumstances should you inject into a vein. The bubbles will rise to the top and then you can dispel any more if you wish without a problem.

Maria

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