Written on October 30, 2023 by Lori Mulligan, MPH. To give you technically accurate, evidence-based information, content published on the Everlywell blog is reviewed by credentialed professionals with expertise in medical and bioscience fields.
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If you are taking Ozempic®, you may be wondering, “Where is the best place to inject Ozempic® for weight loss?” Certain locations on your body can be more effective for injections than others.
Ozempic®, also known as semaglutide, is an increasingly popular medication used for chronic weight management and blood sugar control. To get maximum weight loss results from Ozempic®, it’s important to use proper injection techniques.
Ozempic® must be injected once weekly into the fatty tissue under the surface of the skin. This type of subcutaneous injection into the fat allows for steady medication release over time.
Ozempic® can be properly injected into several places, so there is some flexibility regarding injection sites. However, certain areas are better than others. Avoid injecting the drug into a muscle or vein. It’s also important to rotate your injection sites weekly to help prevent side effects affecting the skin, such as redness or irritation.
Here are the preferred areas to inject Ozempic®.
The abdomen area around the belly button provides a padded site with plenty of subcutaneous fat to receive a full Ozempic® dosage. Inject at least 2 inches away from the belly button. Rotate between the top left, top right, bottom right, and bottom left of the belly button.
The front and sides of the thighs offer easily accessible fatty areas to inject Ozempic® without hitting muscle. Make sure to rotate your site by injecting into your left thigh one week and then your right thigh another week (or another injection site like your butt or abdomen).
The soft area on the back and underneath the arms, located between the elbow and shoulder, provides another site with sufficient subcutaneous fat for Ozempic® injections. Avoid injecting into muscular parts of your arms such as your shoulders or biceps. Alternate arms weekly so you switch up your injection site.
The buttocks provide a well-padded injection site for Ozempic®. Use the upper, outer region of the buttocks to avoid injecting too deep into the muscle. Rotate the cheek that you inject weekly or switch to another site each time you inject the drug.
Follow these tips for proper injection technique when self-administering Ozempic® for optimal weight loss results [1,2]:
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can within five days after the missed dose. Then take your next dose at your regular weekly time. If it has been longer than five days after the missed dose, do not take the missed dose. Take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take double or extra doses. If you have questions about a missed dose, contact your healthcare provider.
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