DISCLAIMER: Do not do this.
The following describes a procedure for self-administration of chemicals under the skin.
- Outside of arms
- Lower abdomen
- Front and side of thighs
- Back above waist
- Wash hands and injection site with antibacterial soap.
- Clean the injection site with isopropyl alcohol.
- Clean seal of chemical bottle with isopropyl alcohol
- Invert bottle of chemical and insert needle through rubber seal at an angle. Tip of needle should touch wall of bottle.
- Push plunger to expell any air from syringe
- Withdraw plunger, drawing chemical into syringe. Remove.
- Tap syringe while needle pointed up (yes, like on tv) in order to allow trapped air bubbles to rise to needle.
- Squeeze a drop or few out of syringe in order to expell air (no need to squirt across the room).
- Gently bunch up the skin at the injection site.
- Insert the needle straight into the skin. Use a dart like motion.
- Release the skin.
- Slowly push plunger and inject chemical.
- Quickly remove needle. Apply pressure with gauze.
- Put a band-aid on it.
- A small gauge needle is appropriate. Think 1/2-inch, 24-gauge.
- S.c. injection slows absorbtion into the bloodstream.