Describe the concentration of your testosterone. Testosterone for injection is normally in the shape of testosterone cypionate. These fluids come in numerous concentrations, so prior to giving a shot, it is extremely important to be certain your planned dose takes into consideration the concentration of this testosterone receptor. Normally, testosterone comes at a concentration of 100 mg/ml or even 200 mg/ml.
Use a sterile, appropriate needle and syringe. Just like injections, it is very important to use a sterile, never-before-used needle when administering testosterone.
Another thing to consider is how testosterone is quite viscous and fatty in contrast to other injectable medicines. As a result of this, you’re going to want to use a marginally thicker-bore needle compared to normal (as an example, a 20 or even 21-gauge) to draw up your dose.
Clean your hands. To decrease the probability of disease, it is very important to keep your hands clean when giving an injection. Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap and warm water.
Draw a dose up. Your physician will have given you a dose that is recommended — ascertain the quantity of your dose in regard to the concentration of your testosterone. As an example, if your physician recommends a dose of 100 mg, then you are going to need 1 ml of a 100 mg/ml testosterone alternative or 1/2 ml of a 200 mg/ml alternative. To draw your dose, then first draw air into your syringe equivalent to the quantity of your dose. Then, wash the cover of the medicine bottle with an alcohol wipe, insert the needle through the lid and then to the medicine, and push the air out of the syringe into the jar. Turn the jar upside down and draw the specific dose of testosterone.
Injecting air into the jar increases its inner air pressure, which makes it much easier to draw the medicine to the syringe. This is particularly significant with testosterone, which can be tricky to draw because it is so thick.
Aspirate the syringe. Injecting air bubbles into an individual’s body can result in a severe medical illness called an embolism. As a result of this, it is extremely important to make sure there are no air bubbles in the syringe if you inject the testosterone. Do this through a process called aspiration. See below for directions:
Hold the syringe with its own needle uncapped and pointing upward-facing you.
Start looking for air bubbles in the syringe. Flick the side of the syringe to find these bubbles to climb to the surface.
Whenever your dose is bubble-free, slowly depress the plunger to force the atmosphere near the peak of the syringe out. Stop when you find a very small drop of medicine to come from the tip of the syringe. Be mindful not to spray or squirt a substantial part of your dose on the ground.
Prepare the injection website. Testosterone injections are generally intramuscular — which is, given into a muscle. Two comparatively simple and accessible sites for the intramuscular shots would be the deltoid (upper arm) or the glut (upper rear section of the thigh, ie, the buttocks cheek). These are not the only areas that testosterone could be recovered, however, they’re undoubtedly the most frequent. Whichever of those sites you pick, have a sterile alcohol pad and wipe out the immediate region around where you would like to inject. This may kill germs in the skin, preventing disease.
If booting to the glute or buttocks, then opt for an injection site in the very best outside section of this glute. To put it differently, select a website either at the upper left corner of the left plate or the upper right corner of the ideal glute. All these sites have the best accessibility to muscular tissue and permit you to keep from hitting nerves and blood vessels in different areas of the glute.
Inject. Hold your rich syringe like a dart at a 90-degree angle over the sterile injection website. Quickly dip it in the flesh. Before depressing the plunger, draw on it marginally. Should you draw blood into the syringe, remove the needle and decide on a different place, as this usually means you have struck a vein. Inject the medication at a steady, controlled rate.
Care for your injection website post-injection. As soon as you’ve completely depressed the plunger, gradually pull out the needle. Press around the injection site using a sterile cotton swab as you can do this — that prevents the emerging needle from yanking the skin and causing additional pain. Evaluate the needle entry point for corrosion, and employ a sterile Band-Aid or cotton swab if necessary. Eliminate the used needle and syringe at a proper sharps container.
If, following injection, you experience redness, swelling, or distress beyond that of regular soreness at the website of injection, phone our office for a consultation and directions.
Precautions: Always keep your medicine at the recommended temperature, and constantly check the expiry date on the bottle. If it’s expired, then do not use it. Obviously, keep all your meds from the reach of kids. Don’t change your dosage without consulting with your provider.
We invite you to telephone the office (504 891-8454) in case you have any queries.