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Instructions for Injecting Lupron® 14 Day Kit (Leuprolide Acetate) | Encompass Fertility Treatment


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey there. I’m Sophia. And I’m going to
walk you through how to inject Lupron 14-day
kit 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 multi-use vial of Lupron, also
known as leuprolide acetate, a syringe marked in units with
attached needle, plus alcohol pads, a gauze pad, or cotton
square, a sharps container, and a clean surface. Now go ahead and wash
your hands really well with soap and water. Then you’re onto 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, 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. For example, if your
doctor prescribed 40 units, draw back to the
40 on the syringe. 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 and
replace the cap. 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. Pull the syringe in one hand,
and with the other hand, pinch your 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. Go ahead and toss the
used needle and syringe into the sharps container. And if you have any
Lupron leftover, store it in the fridge. Once opened, it’s
good for 28 days. Thanks so much for
watching today. Take care. [MUSIC PLAYING]

Reynold King

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