A subcutaneous (sub-Q) injection is a shot that delivers medication into the layer of fat between the skin and the muscle. This type of injection can be given by a healthcare professional, or it can be self-injected.
Reasons for Procedure
Some medications need to be injected because they are not effective if taken by mouth.
Subcutaneous injections are an easy way to deliver this type of medication. Examples of medications given by sub-Q injection include:
Giving a subcutaneous injection. National Institutes of Health website. Available at: http://www.cc.nih.gov/ccc/patient_education/pepubs/subq.pdf. Updated June 2012. Accessed December 15, 2017.
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