Where do I inject Ozempic (semaglutide)?

Inject Ozempic® under the skin of your abdomen, outer thighs, or back of the upper arms.  Do not inject into a muscle or vein.  Before you inject, be sure to remove both caps to expose the needle (the larger outer cap then the smaller inner cap).  You must use a new needle for each injection.  If it is the first time using the pen, check the flow by dialing the “dose counter” (white window) to the “flow check” symbol (two dots ..), then press the gray dose button and hold until the dial returns to 0.  You should see a drop of the medication at the tip of the needle at this point.  Next, turn the dial to the dose you are prescribed (if starting this will be 0.6 mg) and inject under the skin of your abdomen, outer thigh, or back of the upper arm.  Before you inject, ensure that the dose counter is visible, then insert the needle, press the gray dose button, and hold until the dose counter returns to 0 and you have counted to 6 before removing it from the skin.  Afterwards, carefully remove the needle from the pen by twisting it off and placing it in a sharps container for disposal. You can also check out this instructional video.

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Lauren Lemieux, MD

Lauren Lemieux, MD

FACP, ABOM diplomate

Dr. Lauren Lemieux completed her Internal Medicine residency and fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at UCLA. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. She is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Lemieux is passionate about helping her patients reach their health goals using personalized nutrition, lifestyle and weight management strategies.