You’re now ready to inject your peptides. But before you do, here are a couple of tips to remember before giving a peptide injection:
- Wash your hands and use alcohol swabs
Wash your hands with soap and water before injecting your peptides. You can use hand sanitizer if you prefer this instead.
Make sure to use an alcohol swab to clean your injection site and the rubber stopper on the top of the peptide vial. This will help prevent skin infections and bacteria from entering the peptide vial. Allow the alcohol to completely dry on your skin before injecting peptides. Otherwise, it can sting.
- Pick the right peptide injection site
Avoid injecting into scars, red or inflamed areas, or moles. Injecting peptides into these areas can cause irritation to these sites.
- Get the right supplies
Bleeding may occur after giving a peptide injection. You can use a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze along with light pressure to stop the bleeding. Call your healthcare provider if your bleeding won’t stop or you’re soaking through a cotton ball.
- Don’t recap the needle
It’s easy to poke yourself if you try to do this. After injecting, immediately throw away your used syringe into the sharps container.
- It’s okay to be anxious
Injection anxiety is normal. If you’re dealing with injection anxiety, there are many things you can try to help you overcome your fear of needles. You can try counting down out loud before giving a peptide injecting or listening to your favorite music. You can also try having a peptide injection support person with you or on the phone during your peptide injection. Sometimes having a friend or family member near you during your peptide injection helps with injection anxiety.
Lastly, you can ask your healthcare provider to give your first injection in their office or talk you through the peptide injection over the phone. This way, you can ask questions and help ease your injection anxiety.
- Mistakes can happen
Remember, mistakes can happen if you’re new to giving yourself peptide injections. Call your healthcare provider or clinical pharmacist as soon as possible, and they can tell you what steps to take next.
You can find more information on how to inject peptides and how to draw up peptides here.