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Ozempic

Generic name: semaglutide

What is Ozempic?

Ozempic is an injectable prescription medicine used:

  • along with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar (glucose) in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • to reduce the risk of major cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke or death in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus with known heart disease.

It is not known if Ozempic can be used in people who have had pancreatitis.

Ozempic is not a substitute for insulin and is not for use in people with type 1 diabetes or people with diabetic ketoacidosis.

It is not known if Ozempic is safe and effective for use in children under 18 years of age.

What is the most important information I should know about Ozempic?

Ozempic may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Possible thyroid tumors, including cancer. Tell your healthcare provider if you get a lump or swelling in your neck, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, or shortness of breath. These may be symptoms of thyroid cancer. In studies with rodents, Ozempic and medicines that work like Ozempic caused thyroid tumors, including thyroid cancer. It is not known if Ozempic will cause thyroid tumors or a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) in people.
  • Do not use Ozempic if you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).

Do not share your Ozempic pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.

Who should not take Ozempic?

Do not use Ozempic if:

  • you or any of your family have ever had a type of thyroid cancer called medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) or if you have an endocrine system condition called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia syndrome type 2 (MEN 2).
  • you are allergic to semaglutide or any of the ingredients in Ozempic. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Ozempic.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Ozempic?

Before using Ozempic, tell your healthcare provider if you have any other medical conditions, including if you:

  • have or have had problems with your pancreas or kidneys.
  • have a history of diabetic retinopathy.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Ozempic will harm your unborn baby. You should stop using Ozempic 2 months before you plan to become pregnant. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to control your blood sugar if you plan to become pregnant or while you are pregnant.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Ozempic passes into your breast milk. You should talk with your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby while using Ozempic.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Ozempic may affect the way some medicines work and some medicines may affect the way Ozempic works.

Before using Ozempic, talk to your healthcare provider about low blood sugar and how to manage it. Tell your healthcare provider if you are taking other medicines to treat diabetes, including insulin or sulfonylureas.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I take Ozempic?

  • Read the Instructions for use that comes with Ozempic.
  • Use Ozempic exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to.
  • Your healthcare provider should show you how to use Ozempic before you use it for the first time.
  • Ozempic is injected under the skin (subcutaneously) of your stomach (abdomen), thigh, or upper arm. Do not inject Ozempic into a muscle (intramuscularly) or vein (intravenously).
  • Use Ozempic 1 time each week, on the same day each week, at any time of the day.
  • You may change the day of the week you use Ozempic as long as your last dose was given 2 or more days before.
  • If you miss a dose of Ozempic, take the missed dose as soon as possible within 5 days after the missed dose. If more than 5 days have passed, skip the missed dose and take your next dose on the regularly scheduled day.
  • Ozempic may be taken with or without food.
  • Do not mix insulin and Ozempic together in the same injection.
  • You may give an injection of Ozempic and insulin in the same body area (such as your stomach area), but not right next to each other.
  • Change (rotate) your injection site with each injection. Do not use the same site for each injection.
  • Check your blood sugar as your healthcare provider tells you to.
  • Stay on your prescribed diet and exercise program while using Ozempic.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about how to prevent, recognize and manage low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), and problems you have because of your diabetes.
  • Your healthcare provider will check your diabetes with regular blood tests, including your blood sugar levels and your hemoglobin A1C.
  • Do not share your Ozempic pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.

Your dose of Ozempic and other diabetes medicines may need to change because of:

  • change in level of physical activity or exercise, weight gain or loss, increased stress, illness, change in diet, fever, trauma, infection, surgery or because of other medicines you take.

What are the possible side effects of Ozempic?

Ozempic may cause serious side effects, including:

  • see “What is the most important information I should know about Ozempic?
  • inflammation of your pancreas(pancreatitis). Stop using Ozempic and call your healthcare provider right away if you have severe pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that will not go away, with or without vomiting. You may feel the pain from your abdomen to your back.
  • changes in vision. Tell your healthcare provider if you have changes in vision during treatment with Ozempic.
  • low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Your risk for getting low blood sugar may be higher if you use Ozempic with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
    • dizziness or light-headedness
    • blurred vision
    • anxiety, irritability, or mood changes
    • sweating
    • slurred speech
    • hunger
    • confusion or drowsiness
    • shakiness
    • weakness
    • headache
    • fast heartbeat
    • feeling jittery
  • kidney problems (kidney failure). In people who have kidney problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting may cause a loss of fluids (dehydration) which may cause kidney problems to get worse. It is important for you to drink fluids to help reduce your chance of dehydration.
  • serious allergic reactions. Stop using Ozempic and get medical help right away, if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including itching, rash, or difficulty breathing.

The most common side effects of Ozempic may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach (abdominal) pain and constipation.

Talk to your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Ozempic.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1‑800‑FDA‑1088.

General information about the safe and effective use of Ozempic

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use Ozempic for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Ozempic to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Ozempic that is written for health professionals.

For more information, go to Ozempic.com or call 1-888-693-6742.

How should I store Ozempic?

  • Store your new, unused Ozempic pens in the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • Store your pen in use for 56 days below 86ºF (30ºC) or in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • The Ozempic pen you are using should be thrown away after 56 days, even if it still has Ozempic left in it.
  • Do not freeze Ozempic. Do not use Ozempic if it has been frozen.
  • Unused Ozempic pens may be used until the expiration date printed on the label, if kept in the refrigerator.
  • Keep Ozempic away from heat and out of the light.
  • Keep the pen cap on when not in use.
  • Keep Ozempic and all medicines out of the reach of children.

What are the ingredients in Ozempic?

Active Ingredient: semaglutide

Inactive Ingredients: disodium phosphate dihydrate, propylene glycol, phenol and water for injection

Instructions for use for Ozempic

Ozempic (oh-ZEM-pick)

(semaglutide) injection

Ozempic injection 1mg dose pen

  • Read these instructions carefully before using your Ozempic pen.
  • Do not use your pen without proper training from your healthcare provider. Make sure that you know how to give yourself an injection with the pen before you start your treatment.
  • Do not share your Ozempic pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.
  • Warning symbolIf you are blind or have poor eyesight and cannot read the dose counter on the pen, do not use this pen without help. Get help from a person with good eyesight who is trained to use the Ozempic pen.

Ozempic pen and NovoFine Plus needle image.

  • Start by checking your pen to make sure that it contains Ozempic, then look at the pictures below to get to know the different parts of your pen and needle.
  • Your pen is a prefilled dial-a-dose pen. It contains 2 mg of semaglutide, and you can only select doses of 1 mg. Your pen is made to be used with NovoFine Plus or NovoFine disposable needles up to a length of 8 mm.
  • NovoFine Plus 32G 4 mm disposable needles are enclosed.
  • Always use a new needle for each injection.

Supplies you will need to give your Ozempic injection:

  • Ozempic pen 1 mg dose
  • a new NovoFine Plus or NovoFine needle
  • alcohol swab
  • 1 sharps container for throwing away used Ozempic pens and needles.

See “Disposing of used Ozempic pens and needles” at the end of these instructions.

Step 1. Prepare your pen with a new needle

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Check the name and colored label of your pen, to make sure that it contains Ozempic. This is especially important if you take more than 1 type of medicine.
  • Pull off the pen cap.

Pull the cap off the Ozempic pen.

  • Check that Ozempic in your pen is clear and colorless.
  • Look through the pen window. If Ozempic looks cloudy, do not use the pen.

Check that Ozempic in your pen is clear and colorless. If it looks cloudy do not use the pen.

  • Take a new needle, and tear off the paper tab.

Take a new needle, and tear off the paper tab.

  • Push the needle straight onto the pen. Turn until it is on tight.

Push the needle straight onto the Ozempic pen. Turn until it is on tight.

  • Pull off the outer needle cap. Do not throw it away.

Pull off the outer needle cap. Do not throw it away.

  • Pull off the inner needle cap and throw it away.

    A drop of Ozempic may appear at the needle tip. This is normal, but you must still check the Ozempic flow, if you use a new pen for the first time.

Pull off the inner needle cap and throw it away.

Warning symbolAlways use a new needle for each injection. This will reduce the risk of contamination, infection, leakage of Ozempic, and blocked needles leading to the wrong dose.

Do not reuse or share your needles with other people. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.

Never use a bent or damaged needle.

Do not attach a new needle to your pen until you are ready to take your injection.

Step 2. Check the Ozempic flow with each new pen

  • Check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.
    If your Ozempic pen is already in use, go to Step 3 “Select your dose”.
  • Turn the dose selector until the dose counter shows the flow check symbol (Flow check symbol.).

Check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.

  • Hold the pen with the needle pointing up.
    Press and hold in the dose button until the dose counter shows 0. The 0 must line up with the dose pointer.
    A drop of Ozempic will appear at the needle tip.
  • If no drop appears, repeat Step 2 above as shown in Figure G and Figure H up to 6 times. If there is still no drop, change the needle and repeat Step 2 as shown in Figure G and Figure H 1 more time.
  • Do not use the pen if a drop of Ozempic still does not appear.
    Contact Novo Nordisk at 1-888-693-6742.

Hold the pen with the needle pointing up. Press and hold in the dose button until the dose counter shows 0. The 0 must line up with the dose pointer. A drop of Ozempic will appear at the needle tip.

Warning symbolAlways make sure that a drop appears at the needle tip before you use a new pen for the first time. This makes sure that Ozempic flows.

If no drop appears, you will not inject any Ozempic, even though the dose counter may move. This may mean that there is a blocked or damaged needle.

A small drop may remain at the needle tip, but it will not be injected.

Only check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.

Step 3. Select your dose

  • Continue turning the dose selector until the dose counter stops and shows your 1 mg dose.

The dashed line in the dose counter (Dashed line image.) will guide you to 1 mg.

Continue turning the dose selector until the dose counter stops and shows your 1 mg dose - dashed line in the dose counter..

Warning symbolAlways use the dose counter and the dose pointer to see that 1 mg has been selected.

You will hear a “click” every time you turn the dose selector. Do not set the dose by counting the number of clicks you hear.

Only doses of 1 mg must be selected with the dose selector. 1 mg must line up exactly with the dose pointer to make sure that you get a correct dose.

The dose selector changes the dose. Only the dose counter and dose pointer will show that 1 mg has been selected. You can only select 1 mg for each dose. When your pen contains less than 1 mg, the dose counter stops before 1 mg is shown.

The dose selector clicks differently when turned forward, backwards or past 1 mg. Do not count the pen clicks.

How much Ozempic is left?

  • To see how much Ozempic is left in your pen, use the dose counter:
    Turn the dose selector until the dose counter stops.
    • If it shows 1, at least 1 mg is left in your pen. If the dose counter stops before 1 mg, there is not enough Ozempic left for a full dose of 1 mg.
      If there is not enough Ozempic left in your pen for a full dose, do not use it. Use a new Ozempic pen.

To see how much Ozempic is left in your pen, use the dose counter.

Step 4. Inject your dose

Choose your injection site and wipe the skin with an alcohol swab. Let the injection site dry before you inject your dose (See Figure K).

Choose your injection site and wipe the skin with an alcohol swab. Let the injection site dry before you inject your dose.

  • Insert the needle into your skin as your healthcare provider has shown you.
  • Make sure you can see the dose counter. Do not cover it with your fingers. This could stop the injection.

Insert the needle into your skin. Make sure you can see the dose counter.

  • Press and hold down the dose button until the dose counter shows 0.
    The 0 must line up with the dose pointer. You may then hear or feel a click.

Press and hold down the dose button until the dose counter shows 0.

  • Keep the needle in your skin after the dose counter has returned to 0 and count slowly to 6.
  • If the needle is removed earlier, you may see a stream of Ozempic coming from the needle tip. If this happens, the full dose will not be delivered.

Keep the needle in your skin after the dose counter has returned to 0 and count slowly to 6.

  • Remove the needle from your skin.
    If blood appears at the injection site, press lightly. Do not rub the area.

Remove the needle from your skin.

Warning symbolAlways watch the dose counter to know how many mg you inject. Hold the dose button down until the dose counter shows 0.

How to identify a blocked or damaged needle?

  • If 0 does not appear in the dose counter after continuously pressing the dose button, you may have used a blocked or damaged needle.
  • If this happens you have not received any Ozempic even though the dose counter has moved from the original dose that you have set.

How to handle a blocked needle?

Change the needle as described in Step 5, and repeat all steps starting with Step 1: “Prepare your pen with a new needle”. Make sure you select the full dose you need.

Never touch the dose counter when you inject. This can stop the injection.

You may see a drop of Ozempic at the needle tip after injecting. This is normal and does not affect your dose.

Step 5. After your injection

  • Carefully remove the needle from the pen. Do not put the needle caps back on the needle to avoid needle sticks.

Carefully remove the needle from the pen.

  • Place the needle in a sharps container right away to reduce the risk of needle sticks. See “Disposing of used Ozempic pens and needles” below for more information about how to dispose of used pens and needles the right way.

Place the needle in a sharps container right away to reduce the risk of needle sticks.

  • Put the pen cap on your pen after each use to protect Ozempic from light.

Put the pen cap on your pen after each use to protect Ozempic from light.

  • If you do not have a sharps container, follow a 1-handed needle recapping method. Carefully slip the needle into the outer needle cap. Dispose of the needle in a sharps container as soon as possible.

If you do not have a sharps container, follow a 1-handed needle recapping method. Carefully slip the needle into the outer needle cap. Dispose of the needle in a sharps container as soon as possible.

Warning symbolNever try to put the inner needle cap back on the needle. You may stick yourself with the needle.

Always remove the needle from your pen.

This will reduce the risk of contamination, infection, leakage of Ozempic, and blocked needles leading to the wrong dose. If the needle is blocked, you will not inject any Ozempic.

Always dispose of the needle after each injection.

Disposing of used Ozempic pens and needles:

  • Put your used Ozempic pen and needle in a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container right away after use.
  • If you do not have a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is:
    • made of a heavy-duty plastic
    • can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, without sharps being able to come out
    • upright and stable during use
    • leak-resistant
    • properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container
  • When your sharps disposal container is almost full, you will need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container. There may be state or local laws about how you should throw away used needles and syringes. For more information about the safe sharps disposal, and for specific information about sharps disposal in the state that you live in, go to the FDA’s website at: http://www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal
  • Do not dispose of your used sharps disposal container in your household trash unless your community guidelines permit this. Do not recycle your used sharps disposal container.
  • Safely dispose of Ozempic that is out of date or no longer needed.

Warning symbolImportant

  • Caregivers must be very careful when handling used needles to prevent accidental needle stick injuries and prevent passing (transmission) of infection.
  • Never use a syringe to withdraw Ozempic from your pen.
  • Always carry an extra pen and new needles with you, in case of loss or damage.
  • Always keep your pen and needles out of reach of others, especially children.
  • Always keep your pen with you. Do not leave it in a car or other place where it can get too hot or too cold.

Caring for your pen

  • Do not drop your pen or knock it against hard surfaces. If you drop it or suspect a problem, attach a new needle and check the Ozempic flow before you inject.
  • Do not try to repair your pen or pull it apart.
  • Do not expose your pen to dust, dirt or liquid.
  • Do not wash, soak, or lubricate your pen. If necessary, clean it with mild detergent on a moistened cloth.

How should I store my Ozempic pen?

  • Store your new, unused Ozempic pens in the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • Store your pen in use for 56 days below 86ºF (30ºC) or in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • The Ozempic pen you are using should be thrown away after 56 days, even if it still has Ozempic left in it.
  • Do not freeze Ozempic. Do not use Ozempic if it has been frozen.
  • Unused Ozempic pens may be used until the expiration date printed on the label, if kept in the refrigerator.
  • Keep Ozempic away from heat and out of the light.
  • Keep the pen cap on when not in use.
  • Keep Ozempic and all medicines out of the reach of children.

Instructions for use last revised 12/2017.

Ozempic injection 0.25 or 5 mg dose pen

  • Read these instructions carefully before using your Ozempic pen.
  • Do not use your pen without proper training from your healthcare provider. Make sure that you know how to give yourself an injection with the pen before you start your treatment.
  • Do not share your Ozempic pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.
  • Warning symbolIf you are blind or have poor eyesight and cannot read the dose counter on the pen, do not use this pen without help. Get help from a person with good eyesight who is trained to use the Ozempic pen.

Ozempic pen and NovoFine Plus needle image.

  • Start by checking your pen to make sure that it contains Ozempic, then look at the pictures below to get to know the different parts of your pen and needle.
  • Your pen is a prefilled dial-a-dose pen. It contains 2 mg of semaglutide, and you can select doses of 0.25 mg or 0.5 mg. Your pen is made to be used with NovoFine Plus or NovoFine disposable needles up to a length of 8 mm.
  • NovoFine Plus 32G 4 mm disposable needles are enclosed.
  • Always use a new needle for each injection.

Supplies you will need to give your Ozempic injection:

  • Ozempic pen
  • a new NovoFine Plus or NovoFine needle
  • alcohol swab
  • 1 sharps container for throwing away used Ozempic pens and needles.

See “Disposing of used Ozempic pens and needles” at the end of these instructions.

Step 1. Prepare your pen with a new needle

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Check the name and colored label of your pen, to make sure that it contains Ozempic. This is especially important if you take more than 1 type of medicine.
  • Pull off the pen cap.

Pull the cap off the Ozempic pen.

  • Check that Ozempic in your pen is clear and colorless.
  • Look through the pen window. If Ozempic looks cloudy, do not use the pen.

Check that Ozempic in your pen is clear and colorless. If it looks cloudy do not use the pen.

  • Take a new needle, and tear off the paper tab.

Take a new needle, and tear off the paper tab.

  • Push the needle straight onto the pen. Turn until it is on tight.

Push the needle straight onto the Ozempic pen. Turn until it is on tight.

  • Pull off the outer needle cap. Do not throw it away.

Pull off the outer needle cap. Do not throw it away.

  • Pull off the inner needle cap and throw it away.

    A drop of Ozempic may appear at the needle tip. This is normal, but you must still check the Ozempic flow, if you use a new pen for the first time.

Pull off the inner needle cap and throw it away.

Warning symbolAlways use a new needle for each injection. This will reduce the risk of contamination, infection, leakage of Ozempic, and blocked needles leading to the wrong dose.

Do not reuse or share your needles with other people. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.

Never use a bent or damaged needle.

Do not attach a new needle to your pen until you are ready to take your injection.

Step 2. Check the Ozempic flow with each new pen

  • Check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.
    If your Ozempic pen is already in use, go to Step 3 “Select your dose”.
  • Turn the dose selector until the dose counter shows the flow check symbol (Flow check symbol.).

Check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.

  • Hold the pen with the needle pointing up.
    Press and hold in the dose button until the dose counter shows 0. The 0 must line up with the dose pointer.
    A drop of Ozempic will appear at the needle tip.
  • If no drop appears, repeat Step 2 above as shown in Figure G and Figure H up to 6 times. If there is still no drop, change the needle and repeat Step 2 as shown in Figure G and Figure H 1 more time.
  • Do not use the pen if a drop of Ozempic still does not appear.
    Contact Novo Nordisk at 1-888-693-6742.

Hold the pen with the needle pointing up. Press and hold in the dose button until the dose counter shows 0. The 0 must line up with the dose pointer. A drop of Ozempic will appear at the needle tip.

Warning symbolAlways make sure that a drop appears at the needle tip before you use a new pen for the first time. This makes sure that Ozempic flows.

If no drop appears, you will not inject any Ozempic, even though the dose counter may move. This may mean that there is a blocked or damaged needle.

A small drop may remain at the needle tip, but it will not be injected.

Only check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.

Step 3. Select your dose

  • Continue turning the dose selector until the dose counter stops and shows your dose (0.25 mg or 0.5 mg).

The dashed line in the dose counter (Dashed line image.) will guide you to your dose.

Continue turning the dose selector until the dose counter shows your dose (0.25 mg or 0.5 mg).

Warning symbolAlways use the dose counter and the dose pointer to see that 1 mg has been selected.

You will hear a “click” every time you turn the dose selector. Do not set the dose by counting the number of clicks you hear.

Only doses of 0.25 mg or 0.5 mg must be selected with the dose selector. The selected dose must line up exactly with the dose pointer to make sure that you get a correct dose.

The dose selector changes the dose. Only the dose counter and dose pointer will show that 1 mg has been selected. You can select 0.25mg or 0.5 mg for each dose. When your pen contains less than 0.5 mg or 0.25 mg, the dose counter stops before 0.5 mg or 0.25 mg is shown.

The dose selector clicks differently when turned forward, backwards or past the number of mg meft. Do not count the pen clicks.

How much Ozempic is left?

  • To see how much Ozempic is left in your pen, use the dose counter:
    Turn the dose selector until the dose counter stops.
  • If it shows 0.5, at least 0.5 mg is left in your pen. If the dose counter stops before 0.5 mg, there is not enough Ozempic left for a full dose of 0.5 mg.
  • If it stops at 0.25,then 0.25 mg is left in your pen. If the dose counter stops before 0.25 mg, there is not enough Ozempic left for a full dose of 0.25 mg.
    If there is not enough Ozempic left in your pen for a full dose, do not use it. Use a new Ozempic pen.

To see how much Ozempic is left in your pen, use the dose counter.

Step 4. Inject your dose

Choose your injection site and wipe the skin with an alcohol swab. Let the injection site dry before you inject your dose (See Figure K).

Choose your injection site and wipe the skin with an alcohol swab. Let the injection site dry before you inject your dose.

  • Insert the needle into your skin as your healthcare provider has shown you.
  • Make sure you can see the dose counter. Do not cover it with your fingers. This could stop the injection.

Insert the needle into your skin. Make sure you can see the dose counter.

  • Press and hold down the dose button until the dose counter shows 0.
    The 0 must line up with the dose pointer. You may then hear or feel a click.

Press and hold down the dose button until the dose counter shows 0.

  • Keep the needle in your skin after the dose counter has returned to 0 and count slowly to 6.
  • If the needle is removed earlier, you may see a stream of Ozempic coming from the needle tip. If this happens, the full dose will not be delivered.

Keep the needle in your skin after the dose counter has returned to 0 and count slowly to 6.

  • Remove the needle from your skin.
    If blood appears at the injection site, press lightly. Do not rub the area.

Remove the needle from your skin.

Warning symbolAlways watch the dose counter to know how many mg you inject. Hold the dose button down until the dose counter shows 0.

How to identify a blocked or damaged needle?

  • If 0 does not appear in the dose counter after continuously pressing the dose button, you may have used a blocked or damaged needle.
  • If this happens you have not received any Ozempic even though the dose counter has moved from the original dose that you have set.

How to handle a blocked needle?

Change the needle as described in Step 5, and repeat all steps starting with Step 1: “Prepare your pen with a new needle”. Make sure you select the full dose you need.

Never touch the dose counter when you inject. This can stop the injection.

You may see a drop of Ozempic at the needle tip after injecting. This is normal and does not affect your dose.

Step 5. After your injection

  • Carefully remove the needle from the pen. Do not put the needle caps back on the needle to avoid needle sticks.

Carefully remove the needle from the pen.

  • Place the needle in a sharps container right away to reduce the risk of needle sticks. See “Disposing of used Ozempic pens and needles” below for more information about how to dispose of used pens and needles the right way.

Place the needle in a sharps container right away to reduce the risk of needle sticks.

  • Put the pen cap on your pen after each use to protect Ozempic from light.

Put the pen cap on your pen after each use to protect Ozempic from light.

  • If you do not have a sharps container, follow a 1-handed needle recapping method. Carefully slip the needle into the outer needle cap. Dispose of the needle in a sharps container as soon as possible.

If you do not have a sharps container, follow a 1-handed needle recapping method. Carefully slip the needle into the outer needle cap. Dispose of the needle in a sharps container as soon as possible.

Warning symbolNever try to put the inner needle cap back on the needle. You may stick yourself with the needle.

Always remove the needle from your pen.

This will reduce the risk of contamination, infection, leakage of Ozempic, and blocked needles leading to the wrong dose. If the needle is blocked, you will not inject any Ozempic.

Always dispose of the needle after each injection.

Disposing of used Ozempic pens and needles:

  • Put your used Ozempic pen and needle in a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container right away after use.
  • If you do not have a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is:
    • made of a heavy-duty plastic
    • can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, without sharps being able to come out
    • upright and stable during use
    • leak-resistant
    • properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container
  • When your sharps disposal container is almost full, you will need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container. There may be state or local laws about how you should throw away used needles and syringes. For more information about the safe sharps disposal, and for specific information about sharps disposal in the state that you live in, go to the FDA’s website at: http://www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal
  • Do not dispose of your used sharps disposal container in your household trash unless your community guidelines permit this. Do not recycle your used sharps disposal container.
  • Safely dispose of Ozempic that is out of date or no longer needed.

Warning symbolImportant

  • Caregivers must be very careful when handling used needles to prevent accidental needle stick injuries and prevent passing (transmission) of infection.
  • Never use a syringe to withdraw Ozempic from your pen.
  • Always carry an extra pen and new needles with you, in case of loss or damage.
  • Always keep your pen and needles out of reach of others, especially children.
  • Always keep your pen with you. Do not leave it in a car or other place where it can get too hot or too cold.

Caring for your pen

  • Do not drop your pen or knock it against hard surfaces. If you drop it or suspect a problem, attach a new needle and check the Ozempic flow before you inject.
  • Do not try to repair your pen or pull it apart.
  • Do not expose your pen to dust, dirt or liquid.
  • Do not wash, soak, or lubricate your pen. If necessary, clean it with mild detergent on a moistened cloth.

How should I store my Ozempic pen?

  • Store your new, unused Ozempic pens in the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • Store your pen in use for 56 days below 86ºF (30ºC) or in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • The Ozempic pen you are using should be thrown away after 56 days, even if it still has Ozempic left in it.
  • Do not freeze Ozempic. Do not use Ozempic if it has been frozen.
  • Unused Ozempic pens may be used until the expiration date printed on the label, if kept in the refrigerator.
  • Keep Ozempic away from heat and out of the light.
  • Keep the pen cap on when not in use.
  • Keep Ozempic and all medicines out of the reach of children.

Instructions for use last revised 12/2017.

Ozempic injection 4 doses of 1 mg only pen

  • Read these instructions carefully before using your Ozempic pen.
  • Do not use your pen without proper training from your healthcare provider. Make sure that you know how to give yourself an injection with the pen before you start your treatment.
  • Do not share your Ozempic pen with other people, even if the needle has been changed. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.
  • Warning symbolIf you are blind or have poor eyesight and cannot read the dose counter on the pen, do not use this pen without help. Get help from a person with good eyesight who is trained to use the Ozempic pen.

Ozempic 4 dose 1 mg pen image.

  • Start by checking your pen to make sure that it contains Ozempic, then look at the pictures below to get to know the different parts of your pen and needle.
  • Your pen is a prefilled, single-patient-use, dial-a-dose pen. It contains 4 mg of semaglutide, and you can only select doses of 1 mg. Your pen is made to be used with NovoFine Plus or NovoFine disposable needles up to a length of 8 mm.
  • NovoFine Plus 32G 4 mm disposable needles are enclosed.
  • Always use a new needle for each injection.

Supplies you will need to give your Ozempic injection:

  • Ozempic pen 1 mg dose
  • a new NovoFine Plus or NovoFine needle
  • 1 alcohol swab
  • 1 gauze or cotton ball
  • 1 sharps container for throwing away used Ozempic pens and needles.

See “Disposing of used Ozempic pens and needles” at the end of these instructions.

Step 1. Prepare your pen with a new needle

  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Check the name and colored label of your pen, to make sure that it contains Ozempic. This is especially important if you take more than 1 type of medicine.
  • Pull off the pen cap.

Pull the cap off the Ozempic pen.

  • Check that Ozempic in your pen is clear and colorless.
  • Look through the pen window. If Ozempic looks cloudy, do not use the pen.

Check that Ozempic in your pen is clear and colorless. If it looks cloudy do not use the pen.

  • Take a new needle, and tear off the paper tab.

Take a new needle, and tear off the paper tab.

  • Push the needle straight onto the pen. Turn until it is on tight.

Push the needle straight onto the Ozempic pen. Turn until it is on tight.

  • Pull off the outer needle cap. Do not throw it away.

Pull off the outer needle cap. Do not throw it away.

  • Pull off the inner needle cap and throw it away.

    A drop of Ozempic may appear at the needle tip. This is normal, but you must still check the Ozempic flow, if you use a new pen for the first time.

Pull off the inner needle cap and throw it away.

Warning symbolAlways use a new needle for each injection. This will reduce the risk of contamination, infection, leakage of Ozempic, and blocked needles leading to the wrong dose.

Do not reuse or share your needles with other people. You may give other people a serious infection, or get a serious infection from them.

Never use a bent or damaged needle.

Step 2. Check the Ozempic flow with each new pen

  • Check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.
    If your Ozempic pen is already in use, go to Step 3 “Select your dose”.
  • Turn the dose selector until the dose counter shows the flow check symbol (Flow check symbol.).

Check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.

  • Hold the pen with the needle pointing up.
    Press and hold in the dose button until the dose counter shows 0. The 0 must line up with the dose pointer.
    A drop of Ozempic will appear at the needle tip.
  • If no drop appears, repeat Step 2 above as shown in Figure G and Figure H up to 6 times. If there is still no drop, change the needle and repeat Step 2 as shown in Figure G and Figure H 1 more time.
  • Do not use the pen if a drop of Ozempic still does not appear.
    Contact Novo Nordisk at 1-888-693-6742.

Hold the pen with the needle pointing up. Press and hold in the dose button until the dose counter shows 0. The 0 must line up with the dose pointer. A drop of Ozempic will appear at the needle tip.

Warning symbolAlways make sure that a drop appears at the needle tip before you use a new pen for the first time. This makes sure that Ozempic flows.

If no drop appears, you will not inject any Ozempic, even though the dose counter may move. This may mean that there is a blocked or damaged needle.

A small drop may remain at the needle tip, but it will not be injected.

Only check the Ozempic flow before your first injection with each new pen.

Step 3. Select your dose

  • Turn the dose selector until the dose counter stops and shows your 1 mg dose.

The dashed line in the dose counter (Dashed line image.) will guide you to 1 mg.

Continue turning the dose selector until the dose counter stops and shows your 1 mg dose - dashed line in the dose counter..

Warning symbolAlways use the dose counter and the dose pointer to see that 1 mg has been selected.

You will hear a “click” every time you turn the dose selector. Do not set the dose by counting the number of clicks you hear.

Only doses of 1 mg must be selected with the dose selector. 1 mg must line up exactly with the dose pointer to make sure that you get a correct dose.

The dose selector changes the dose. Only the dose counter and dose pointer will show that 1 mg has been selected. You can only select 1 mg for each dose. When your pen contains less than 1 mg, the dose counter stops before 1 mg is shown.

The dose selector clicks differently when turned forward, backwards or past 1 mg. Do not count the pen clicks.

How much Ozempic is left?

  • To see how much Ozempic is left in your pen, use the dose counter:
    Turn the dose selector until the dose counter stops.
    • If it shows 1, at least 1 mg is left in your pen. If the dose counter stops before 1 mg, there is not enough Ozempic left for a full dose of 1 mg.
      If there is not enough Ozempic left in your pen for a full dose, do not use it. Use a new Ozempic pen.

To see how much Ozempic is left in your pen, use the dose counter.

Step 4. Inject your dose

Choose your injection site and wipe the skin with an alcohol swab. Let the injection site dry before you inject your dose (See Figure K).

Choose your injection site and wipe the skin with an alcohol swab. Let the injection site dry before you inject your dose.

  • Insert the needle into your skin as your healthcare provider has shown you.
  • Make sure you can see the dose counter. Do not cover it with your fingers. This could stop the injection.

Insert the needle into your skin. Make sure you can see the dose counter.

  • Press and hold down the dose button until the dose counter shows 0.
    The 0 must line up with the dose pointer. You may then hear or feel a click.

Press and hold down the dose button until the dose counter shows 0.

  • Keep the needle in your skin after the dose counter has returned to 0 and count slowly to 6.
  • If the needle is removed earlier, you may see a stream of Ozempic coming from the needle tip. If this happens, the full dose will not be delivered.

Keep the needle in your skin after the dose counter has returned to 0 and count slowly to 6.

  • Remove the needle from your skin.
    If blood appears at the injection site, press lightly. Do not rub the area.

Remove the needle from your skin.

Warning symbolAlways watch the dose counter to know how many mg you inject. Hold the dose button down until the dose counter shows 0.

How to identify a blocked or damaged needle?

  • If 0 does not appear in the dose counter after continuously pressing the dose button, you may have used a blocked or damaged needle.
  • If this happens you have not received any Ozempic even though the dose counter has moved from the original dose that you have set.

How to handle a blocked needle?

Change the needle as described in Step 5, and repeat all steps starting with Step 1: “Prepare your pen with a new needle”. Make sure you select the full dose you need.

Never touch the dose counter when you inject. This can stop the injection.

You may see a drop of Ozempic at the needle tip after injecting. This is normal and does not affect your dose.

Step 5. After your injection

  • Carefully remove the needle from the pen. Do not put the needle caps back on the needle to avoid needle sticks.

Carefully remove the needle from the pen.

  • Place the needle in a sharps container right away to reduce the risk of needle sticks. See “Disposing of used Ozempic pens and needles” below for more information about how to dispose of used pens and needles the right way.

Place the needle in a sharps container right away to reduce the risk of needle sticks.

  • Put the pen cap on your pen after each use to protect Ozempic from light.

Put the pen cap on your pen after each use to protect Ozempic from light.

  • If you do not have a sharps container, follow a 1-handed needle recapping method. Carefully slip the needle into the outer needle cap. Dispose of the needle in a sharps container as soon as possible.

If you do not have a sharps container, follow a 1-handed needle recapping method. Carefully slip the needle into the outer needle cap. Dispose of the needle in a sharps container as soon as possible.

Warning symbolNever try to put the inner needle cap back on the needle. You may stick yourself with the needle.

Always remove the needle from your pen.

This will reduce the risk of contamination, infection, leakage of Ozempic, and blocked needles leading to the wrong dose. If the needle is blocked, you will not inject any Ozempic.

Always dispose of the needle after each injection.

Disposing of used Ozempic pens and needles:

  • Put your used Ozempic pen and needle in a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container right away after use.
  • If you do not have a FDA-cleared sharps disposal container, you may use a household container that is:
    • made of a heavy-duty plastic
    • can be closed with a tight-fitting, puncture-resistant lid, without sharps being able to come out
    • upright and stable during use
    • leak-resistant
    • properly labeled to warn of hazardous waste inside the container
  • When your sharps disposal container is almost full, you will need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of your sharps disposal container. There may be state or local laws about how you should throw away used needles and syringes. For more information about the safe sharps disposal, and for specific information about sharps disposal in the state that you live in, go to the FDA’s website at: http://www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal
  • Do not dispose of your used sharps disposal container in your household trash unless your community guidelines permit this. Do not recycle your used sharps disposal container.
  • Safely dispose of Ozempic that is out of date or no longer needed.

Warning symbolImportant

  • Caregivers must be very careful when handling used needles to prevent accidental needle stick injuries and prevent passing (transmission) of infection.
  • Never use a syringe to withdraw Ozempic from your pen.
  • Always carry an extra pen and new needles with you, in case of loss or damage.
  • Always keep your pen and needles out of reach of others, especially children.
  • Always keep your pen with you. Do not leave it in a car or other place where it can get too hot or too cold.

Caring for your pen

  • Do not drop your pen or knock it against hard surfaces. If you drop it or suspect a problem, attach a new needle and check the Ozempic flow before you inject.
  • Do not try to repair your pen or pull it apart.
  • Do not expose your pen to dust, dirt or liquid.
  • Do not wash, soak, or lubricate your pen. If necessary, clean it with mild detergent on a moistened cloth.

How should I store my Ozempic pen?

  • Store your new, unused Ozempic pens in the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • Store your pen in use for 56 days below 86ºF (30ºC) or in a refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C).
  • The Ozempic pen you are using should be thrown away after 56 days, even if it still has Ozempic left in it.
  • Do not freeze Ozempic. Do not use Ozempic if it has been frozen.
  • Unused Ozempic pens may be used until the expiration date printed on the label, if kept in the refrigerator.
  • Keep Ozempic away from heat and out of the light.
  • Keep the pen cap on when not in use.
  • Keep Ozempic and all medicines out of the reach of children.

Instructions for use last revised 09/2020.

Source: National Library of Medicine. Last updated January 31, 2020.