Why injection? To avoid side effects or to have more of the medication absorbed by the body.
- There is 25 mg/ml of medication
- The syringe is either tuberculin or insulin
- Both have a one ml capacity
- Both have very thin needles
Have all your supplies ready
- Vial of methotrexate, syringe, alcohol swab.
- Also access to your upper belly or outer thigh.
It’s easy as this
- Wipe off top of vial with alcohol
- Remove covers on syringe
- Draw back on the syringe to add about .5 ml of air
- Insert needle of syringe into vial
- Push in the air(avoids med leaks)
- withdraw the correct dose of your medication( mine is 25 mg or 1 ml so I withdraw up to the 1 ml mark). Tap out the air bubbles.
- Pinch a bit of your skin, belly or outer leg
- Wipe with alcohol swab
- Insert the needle(think dart)
- Push plunger to empty
- withdraw needle
- Wipe skin if any leaks.
- There are no blood vessels in these particular areas that you need to be concerned with.
- Put your vial back in its box to protect the medicine from the light.
- Put your used supplies (syringe, DO NOT RECAP THE NEEDLE, and alcohol wipes) into the sharps container
- This is awkward at first(new skill) but you will become expert after two or three administrations.
Could I have permission to borrow your picture of your MTX injection and syringe for a university lecture in powerpoint on medications? I will credit you of course. I like that it looks like a photo someone took from home, rather than a sterile pharmaceutical product photo. Thank you!
Karen, You may have permission to use my image of MTX and syringe for your university lecture.