Instructions for Injecting Microdose Leuprolide Acetate | Encompass Fertility Treatment


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey there, I’m
Sophia, and I’m going to walk you through how
to inject microdose leuprolide acetate under the skin
or subcutaneously. These instructions are broken
up into five quick steps which you can jump to at any
time using the chapters below. Let’s start by making
sure you’ve got all your supplies ready to go. A compounded vial of
microdose leuprolide acetate at room temp
for your comfort, a syringe marked in units with
attached needle, plus alcohol pads, a gauze pad or cotton
square, a sharps container, and a clean surface. In case you’re wondering,
a compounded medication means the pharmacist
prepared it in a way that’s unique for your treatment,
and your vial probably arrived in a plain box
versus a special kit. All of this is totally normal. Just to be sure, double
check that you’re using the microdose and
not any other preparations of leuprolide acetate
for these instructions. If you’re unsure or
have any questions, call your health care provider. Now go ahead and wash
your hands really well with soap and water. Then you’re on to preparing the
area where you’ll give yourself the injection. There are a few places where
you can inject your medication under the skin– in the abdomen, just below or to
the side of your belly button, or in the leg in the upper
outer area of your thigh. No matter which area you pick,
try to avoid injecting yourself in the same exact spot each time
to lower your risk of a skin reaction, and never
inject into any area that’s tender, red,
bruised, or hard. For today, I’ll show you
how to inject in the abdomen since it’s the most common spot. First, you use an
alcohol wipe to clean the skin about two inches
around the injection area. Then give it a couple of
seconds to dry while you get your medication ready. Your next step is to
prepare the syringe. If you’re using the vial for
the first time, remove the cap and wipe the top of the
vial with an alcohol swab. Just remember to do this
every time you reuse a vial. Also, if the
solution isn’t clear or you see any particles
floating around, don’t use it and call your
health care provider right away for next steps. Next, unwrap the syringe
and remove the needle cap. Draw air into the
syringe by pulling back the plunger to the unit
mark that matches your dose. Place the vial on a flat
surface and insert the needle through the rubber
stopper and into the vial. Gently press the
plunger all the way in, which pushes the
air into the vial and makes it easier to withdraw. Then without
removing the needle, turn the vial upside down. Make sure the tip of the needle
stays submerged in the solution as you slowly pull back the
plunger to withdraw your dose. This is especially important
as the amount of medication decreases in the vial over time. With the needle and
vial still upside down, check to see if there are any
air bubbles inside the syringe. If there aren’t any, remove
the needle and syringe from the vial. If you see bubbles,
press the plunger to push the bubbles
back into the vial. You’ll have to withdraw
your dose again, so repeat the earlier step of submerging
the tip of the needle in the solution and slowly
pull back the plunger to withdraw your dose. Now you’re ready to inject the
medication, so let’s do it. Hold a syringe in one hand
and with the other hand, pinch a fold of skin
around the injection area. Insert the entire needle
straight into the skin at a 45 to 90 degree angle. Slowly push the
plunger until you’ve injected all of the medication. Do a quick count of
1, 2, 3, and then let go of the skin
you’re pinching. Press down firmly on the
injection area with a gauze pad and remove the needle. Nice job. Your final step is cleanup. So toss the used
syringe and needle inside your sharps container. And if you have any microdose
leuprolide acetate left over, store it in the fridge. Once opened, it’s
good for 28 days. Thanks so much for
watching today. Take care. [MUSIC PLAYING]


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