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How to Use Ozempic Pen?

Using an Ozempic pen correctly is crucial for managing diabetes effectively. Ozempic (semaglutide) is a medication prescribed for adults with type 2 diabetes to improve blood sugar control, and it’s administered through a pre-filled, multi-dose injection pen.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use an Ozempic pen:


  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Check the pen: Ensure you have the correct medication and dose. The Ozempic pen comes in different doses (0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, etc.), so verify that you are using the correct pen.
  • Inspect the pen: Remove the cap and check that the medication is clear and colorless. Do not use it if it appears cloudy or contains particles.

Attach a New Needle:

  • Remove the seal: Take a new needle, remove its protective seal, and attach it to the pen by screwing it on until it is tight.
  • Remove needle caps: Take off the outer needle cap and keep it aside (you’ll need it later), then remove the inner needle cap and dispose of it.
  • Prime the Ozempic Pen (First-time Use):

Set the dose:

  • Turn the dose selector to the flow check symbol (a dot with lines around it).
  • Prime: Hold the pen with the needle pointing up, press and hold the dose button until the dose counter returns to 0. You should see a drop of medication at the tip of the needle. This ensures the pen is ready for use and removes air bubbles.

Inject the Dose:

  • Choose the injection site: Common sites include the abdomen, thigh, or upper arm. Rotate injection sites to avoid skin problems.
  • Clean the area: Use an alcohol swab to clean the skin where you will inject.


  • Pinch the skin lightly and insert the needle at a 90-degree angle. Press and hold the dose button until the dose counter returns to 0. Keep the needle in the skin for at least 6 seconds to ensure the full dose is delivered.

Remove the needle:

  • After 6 seconds, release the dose button and remove the needle from your skin.

Dispose of the Needle:

  • Place the outer needle cap back on and unscrew the needle. Dispose of the needle in a sharps container.

Store the Pen:

  • Replace the pen cap and store it in a cool place, away from direct light. Do not store it with the needle attached.

Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and read the patient information leaflet provided with your medication. If you have any doubts or experience any side effects, consult your healthcare provider immediately.