Indeed, the pre-filled autoinjector pen for Dupixent is currently available on the market. The Dupixent pen, which may be purchased in either a 200 or 300 mg dosage, was granted approval by the FDA in June 2020.
A device known as an autoinjector is one that has a mechanism that is spring-loaded and typically has one dose of medication that has been prefilled in it. Patients and carers are able to self-administer their own medication at home or while traveling because to the availability of these devices.
This is a gadget that your healthcare practitioner may instruct you on how to utilize. Autoinjectors are preferred by many patients over syringes since they are less complicated to use and less likely to cause hesitancy. Your dosage can still be administered by your healthcare expert if it becomes necessary.
How do you inject Dupixent into your stomach or thigh?
Before using the Dupixent Syringe or Pen for Injection, make sure you have thoroughly reviewed the “Instructions for Usage” that were provided by the manufacturer. These instructions provide information as well as diagrams on how to inject Dupixent.
This information is included in the Dupixent box that houses your syringes or pens, and you may access it there. Also, the company has videos available on its website that teach how to inject Dupixent.
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Before you take your first dosage of the drug, your primary care physician or another qualified medical professional should instruct you on how to inject it. If you still have questions, contact your doctor, nurse, or chemist.
Before using the syringe or the pen, you need to make sure you have the following items:
the alcohol wipe, the cotton ball or gauze, the Dupixent syringe or pen, and a container that is suitable for the disposal of sharps.
Always thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water before administering an injection. Use an alcohol pad to disinfect the injection site before beginning the injection.
Be sure that the syringe or the pen has not passed its expiration date by checking the date that is printed on them. If it has, you should not use the medication and instead get a new prescription from your doctor as soon as possible.
reuse Dupixent syringes or pens
Inject Dupixent into parts of the skin that are injured, such as those that are sore, bruised, or scarred, or into areas that have visible veins. Never inject drugs through your clothing. Ever.
Use the pen or syringe if the solution is hazy or includes particles; use it if the container is damaged or has been dropped on a hard surface; use it if the solution has been damaged.
Once you have given yourself an injection, place a cotton ball or a piece of gauze on the injection site and apply mild pressure. If there is any blood at the injection site, replace the needle cap.
When you’ve had the injection, massage your skin.
Put syringes and pens in the garbage when you’re done using them.
Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for how to properly dispose of the needle, syringes or pen, and caps by placing them in a sharps container.
Be sure that youngsters and animals can’t get their hands on the pens and syringes.
Using the Dupixent Pre-Filled Syringe
The pre-filled syringe for Dupixent is offered in three different dosage strengths: 100 mg per 0.67 mL, 200 mg per 1.14 mL, and 300 mg per 2 mL. Children from 6 to 11 years old require the assistance of an adult carer in order to get it. When giving injections to children aged 12 and older, an adult should always be present to provide supervision.
You can inject the pre-filled syringe of Dupixent into either your thigh or your stomach, with the exception of a two-inch-wide (five-centimeter-wide) band that surrounds your belly button (navel).
The outside part of the upper arm is an alternative injection site that a carer may utilise when administering the dosage. Choose a new location for the injection of Dupixent each time you give it.
Place the Dupixent Syringe on a level surface and allow it to warm up at room temperature on its own for at least 30 minutes (for the 100 mg and 200 mg syringes) or 45 minutes (for the 50 mg syringe) (for the 300 mg syringe). It is imperative that the syringe not be heated or exposed to direct sunlight.
Before administering the injection, thoroughly clean your hands with both soap and water. Pinch a fold of the skin at the location of the injection (thigh or stomach, except 2 inches around your belly button, or outer area of the upper arm if injected by your caregiver).
Put the needle all the way into the crease in the skin at an angle of approximately 45 degrees (see illustration).
Let go of the squeeze. Maintain a gentle and even pressure on the plunger rod as you pull it back as far as it will go until the Dupixent Syringe is empty. Raise your thumb to release the plunger rod, wait for the needle shield to completely cover the needle, and then take the syringe away from the injection site.
If you notice any blood at the injection site, apply gentle pressure with a cotton ball or gauze pad without rubbing.
Immediately follow the instructions provided and place the syringe, needles, and caps in a sharps container that is authorized by the FDA.
Using the Dupixent Pre-Filled Pen
Patients who are 12 years of age or older can use the pre-filled Dupixent pen that is available for purchase. When teenagers aged 12 and older inject substances, they need to have an adult there to oversee them. The following tensile strengths are available for purchase: 300 mg per 2 mL; and 200 mg per 1.14 mL.
Before administering the injection, thoroughly clean your hands with both soap and water. You can inject the pre-filled pen into either your thigh or your stomach, with the exception of a two-inch-wide (five-centimeter-wide) region that surrounds your belly button (navel).
If you have a carer give you the injection, they can also inject it into the outside part of your upper arm. Choose a new location for the injection of Dupixent each time you give it.
Place the Dupixent pen on a level surface, and give it at least half an hour to reach room temperature after allowing it to warm up on its own. Do not expose the pen to direct sunlight or heat of any kind.
When you inject:
Only when you are ready to inject yourself should you remove the green cap. Please refrain from touching or pressing the yellow needle cover in any way.
Position the yellow needle cover so that it is about perpendicular to the surface of your skin (see illustration). Do not place your palm or fingers over the window in order to obscure the view of the drug.
Maintain a firm pressure on your skin while pressing and holding the Dupixent Pre-filled Pen until the yellow needle cover is no longer visible. Count to five to ensure that you take the correct amount of medication.
When the injection is done, lift the pen straight up to remove the Dupixent pen from the skin. The needle will be concealed by the cover, which is yellow.
Immediately after reading the instructions, place the pen and the green caps in a sharps container that has been authorised by the FDA.
Be sure that you have read the Instructions for Use provided by the manufacturer of Dupixent and that you have gotten advice from your healthcare practitioner on how to inject the medication in the correct manner before administering your first dose.
You can inject the Dupixent syringe or pre-filled pen into either your thigh or your stomach, with the exception of a two-inch-wide (five-centimeter-wide) band that surrounds your belly button (navel).
If you have a carer give you the injection, they can also inject it into the outside part of your upper arm.
Before you administer the injection, as instructed, bring the syringe or pen to room temperature. It is not recommended to heat the food in a microwave, hot water, or direct sunshine.
These instructions are condensed, and they do not include all of the information that you would want in order to use Dupixent in a manner that is both safe and effective.