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A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin (usually in the abdomen, front of the middle thighs, upper outer areas of the buttocks, or upper back portion of the upper arms).
You may be taught how to give this medicine at home. Make sure you understand all of the instructions before giving yourself an injection. Use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.
This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about:
How to prepare the injection.
The proper use of disposable syringes.
How to give the injection.
How long the injection can be stored at home.
Allow the medicine to warm at room temperature before you inject it. If the medicine in the pen has changed color, looks cloudy, or if you see particles in it, do not use it.
Each syringe of medicine is good for only one dose. Throw the syringe away after your dose. Do not save unused medicine from an opened syringe.
You should not use this medicine within 24 hours (1 day) before or after receiving cancer medicine or radiation treatments.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For injectable dosage form:
Adults—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
Leave the medicine in the carton until you are ready to use it. You may let the medicine warm up to room temperature before you use it. The medicine can stay out of the refrigerator for up to 5 days, and if not used can be returned to the refrigerator. Throw away any unused syringes stored at room temperature for more than 5 days.
Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.