A subcutaneous (say "sub-kyoo-TAY-nee-us") shot is an injection of medicine under the skin, but not in a muscle. Some medicines, such as insulin or the blood-thinner enoxaparin (Lovenox), are injected only under the skin. This type of shot is usually given in the belly or the thigh.
At first, you may be nervous about giving yourself a shot. But soon, giving the shot will become routine.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Follow your health professional's instructions for where and how often to inject your medicine. Your nurse will show you how to give yourself the shot.
Giving the shot
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 13, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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