How to inject 

At-a-glance instructions:


Label of pen

Check your pen

Check the name and coloured label of your pen to make sure that it contains the right type of medicine

Pull off the pen cap. Check the medicine inside is clear and colourless

Screwing needle

Attach a new needle

Pull off the paper tab

Screw the needle straight and tightly onto your pen

Pull off both needle caps and keep the outer needle cap

Pressing push-button

Check the flow

Turn the dose selector to select 2 units

Press the push-button all the way in while holding the pen upright with the needle in the air. The dose selector returns to 0

A drop of medicine should appear at the needle tip. This removes air bubbles and gaps, and ensures the medicine is flowing properly

Twisting dose selector

Select your dose

Make sure that the dose selector is set at 0

Turn the dose selector to select the number of units/ dose steps you need to inject

You can turn the dose selector forwards or backwards to adjust the dose

Inserting needle into skin

Inject your dose

Insert the needle into your skin (if you are unsure where to inject, refer to the downloadable Injection Guide or your Instructions for Use)

Press and hold down the dose button until the dose counter returns to 0

Leave the needle under the skin for at least 6 seconds – this will ensure that the full dose has been injected

Removing needle

Remove the needle from
the pen

Lead the needle tip into the outer needle cap

Once the needle is covered, carefully push the big outer needle cap completely on

Unscrew the needle and safely throw it away 

Then put the pen cap back on

If you have any concerns about injecting yourself/the person you care for, you can find more information about it in these sections:

Top tips to making your injections more comfortable

See what other patients have to say

Read our guide to successful self-injecting

Parent and kids packs

Never share your pen with
anyone else – stick to the
‘one pen, one person’ rule!

Correct needle disposal

To reduce the risk of injury to others, pen needles should be disposed of in a puncture-resistant container, such as a “sharps container”, according to local regulations. Check local recommendations for discarding medical waste.

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