Taking avonex ,general considerations for when and how to include the following:
This drug comes as an injection. It is injected into a muscle (intramuscularly) once a week.
It does not matter if you take the injection with food or on an empty stomach. Also, it does not matter what time of the day you inject (although it is a good idea to inject it at the same time each week).
Avonex comes in prefilled syringes or in vials with dry powder that must be mixed first. If you will be using the vials, your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to mix the injection.
It is important to follow the instructions carefully, in order to prevent contamination of the injection.
If you and your healthcare provider desire, you (or a friend or relative) can give the injections. In this case, your healthcare provider should teach you exactly how to inject.
The best places to inject are in the thighs (either on the tops or sides) or the upper arm. If you give the injections to yourself, you will not be able to use the upper arm.
You should rotate injection sites, which means that you should not inject the same part of the body two weeks in row.
It comes with a 23 gauge, 1.25 inch needle. If you and your healthcare provider prefer, you may use a thinner and shorter needle (25 gauge, 1 inch), although these must be purchased separately.
Never shake (even when mixing the vials). It is a delicate molecule that can be destroyed by shaking.
Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about the best ways to dispose of used needles and syringes in your area.
For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Avonex will not work if you stop taking it.
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