Published: May 16, 2007
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011
A medicine has been prescribed for you that is given by subcutaneous (subQ) injection. A subQ injection uses a small needle to inject small volumes of medicine in the tissues under the skin, and above the muscle. You may feel nervous about doing this at first, but almost anyone can learn to safely give a subQ injection.
Gather your supplies and select a comfortable, well-lit place to work. Clean your work surface with any household cleaner, rinse and dry, before putting down your supplies. You will need:
There are several steps in the procedure. Do them one-by-one, and in this order, for safety's sake.