How to take Mounjaro in 8 easy steps

Are you wondering how to administer Mounjaro? Taking Mounjaro is simple! When you start a new weight loss treatment it might seem confusing or daunting, but that is where we can help you!

The Mounjaro KwikPen is a disposable, multi-dose, single-patient-use, pre-filled pen. Each pen contains 4 doses, to be taken once a week. 1 pen will last you a month.

It is an effective way to manage type 2 diabetes and obesity, alongside a balanced diet and exercise. We can only supply Mounjaro for the treatment of weight loss from our clinic.

Mounjaro injection instructions come with your pen for you to refer back to. It is important that you read the leaflet carefully, however, we have put together a step by step guide so that you are familiar with how to use Mounjaro.

Step 1 - Check the pen

Your unused pens should be stored in the fridge between 2°C and 8°C for safety. After your injection, you can store your pen at room temperature up to 30°C.

There are a few things that you need to do before you start. You must check your Mounjaro pen to make sure that everything is correct.

Inspect the pen to make sure that there is no sign of damage. You need to make sure that:

  • The medication name and dose strength matches your prescription
  • The pen is not expired or damaged
  • It isn’t cloudy
  • It contains no particles
  • The medication isn’t frozen

If you notice any issues with your pen, do not use it. It is normal for you to see some small air bubbles in your pen.

Step 2 - Wash your hands

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. You should be injecting your Mounjaro pen with clean hands. You can also use an anti-bacterial hand sanitiser to disinfect your hands.

Practising hand hygiene before you administer the injection ensures that your hands are clean and reduces the risk of infection at the injection site.

Step 3 - Choose your injection site

When it comes to deciding your injection site, your doctor or prescriber can help you with that.

You can inject it into your stomach or thigh yourself. If you want to inject it into the back of your upper arms then you should have someone do this for you.

When you are injecting Mounjaro you need to be careful that you are not injecting in the exact same spot each time. You need to rotate the area each time you inject. You can use the same area, for example, the stomach. However, you need to choose a different area of the stomach.

If you are injecting into the stomach you should be injecting at least two inches away from your belly button.

Injecting pen

Step 4 - Prepare the pen

Once you are ready to inject yourself, you must wipe the inner red seal with a swab. Always select a new needle for each injectin to prevent infections or blocked needles. Remove the paper tab from the outer needle shield, and do not throw it away. Pull off the inner needle shield and dispose of it.

Step 5 - Prime the pen

Turn the dose knob slowly until you hear two clicks. The extended line is shown in the dose window which is the ideal position. You can correct the position by turning the dose knob in either direction until the position you need is in line with the dose indicator.

Hold your pen with the needle upwards. Gently tap the cartridge holder to collect air bubbles at the top. Release some of the medicine into the air by pushing the dose knob until it stops, then count to 5 slowly whilst holding the dose knob.

Check to make sure that the ‘0’ icon is showing in the dose window, but do not inject yourself yet.

If you don’t see a small amount of medicine come out of the tip then you will need to repeat the priming steps again. Do not repeat the steps more than twice. If you still don’t see any medicine then you must change the pen needle and repeat the steps 1 more time.

You must do this process each time you inject yourself.

Step 6 - Inject the medicine

Turn the dose knob until it stops and the ‘1’ icon is on display. Insert the needle into your skin. You inject Mounjaro by pushing the dose knob until it stops. Count to 5 slowly, while keeping hold of the dose knob.

Step 7 - Removing the needle

Before you can remove the needle the ‘0’ icon must be showing. Pull the needle out of your skin. It is normal for there to be a drop of the medicine on the tip of the needle. You must confirm that the ‘0’ icon is on display. If the icon is not on display then you will not have received the full dose.

If you haven’t received your full dose, reinsert the needle and finish your injection. Do not redial the dose.

Step 8 - Disposing of the needle

After you have injected Mounjaro, carefully replace the outer needle shield that you have kept hold of. Unscrew the capped needle and dispose of it instantly into a sharps container.

Do not dispose of your needles in your household waste bin as this can cause cross-contamination. Do not store the pen with the needle attached.

Replace the pen cap. You must not store it without the pen cap attached.

When you are done with your monthly Mounjaro KwikPen, dispose of the pen separately to your needle in your regular household bin.

Injecting weight loss pen

Injecting Mounjaro is simple. But if you have any issues administering the injection you should speak to your healthcare provider or prescriber for advice. If you struggle with your vision then you can get help from someone who is trained to use the Mounjaro pen.

Olivia Malone - Medical Content Writer
James O'Loan - CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist
James O'Loan , CEO & Superintendent Pharmacist on 19 February 2024
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