Intramuscular or Subcutaneous Injections

1028452_61302173Intramuscular and subcutaneous injections are when a nurse uses a needle to insert your medication into your body. Specifically, intramuscular injections are placed inside deep muscle tissue to ensure absorption and systemic effect. Subcutaneous injections are placed under the skin tissue for a slower absorption rate.

Because subcutaneous injections go right under the skin, they are used for small amounts of medication exceeding no more than 1.5 ml. They are generally administered in the following areas of the body:

  • Abdomen
  • Thigh
  • Lower back
  • Upper arm

Your nurse will rotate your daily injection site as it prevents skin from scarring.

Intramuscular injections can handle a larger dose of medication of up to 3 ml and are generally made in the following areas of the body:

  • Upper arm
  • Thigh
  • Buttocks
  • Hip

With any type of injection, your nurse will try to minimize pain and anxiety so you do not fear injections or injure yourself during an injection.

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