Depending on your prescribed medication, the first 30, 60 and 90 days (commonly referred to as the onboarding phase) are the most important regarding your treatment. This is the time when you’re expected to self-administer medication based upon your doctor’s prescribed regimen. This critical time is typically when you develop a routine and habit of injecting your medication correctly and on time. If you have been prescribed an injectable medication, your first exposure to an autoinjector, prefilled syringe or wearable device most likely happened while training with a healthcare professional on-site at a medical facility. After being trained by your healthcare provider, your next injection will most likely be performed without healthcare provider supervision and outside a healthcare facility.
When it comes to self-injecting for the first time on your own, you may be affected by a number of factors, including needle anxiety, lack of confidence or memory recall of correct administration technique, which may make you feel you’re not able to up to the task of administering your medication. This is completely normal, and rest assured there are a number of resources available to you to help make self-injection easier.