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4 Tips for Sticking with Your Injectable Medication Routine

Kopa for Psoriasis discusses tips for adhering to an injectable medication regimen when managing a chronic condition according to experts including Elizabeth Schulman, MD, rheumatologist at HSS.

Firstly, it’s important to take the medication as directed. “That means taking it on time, taking the right dose, and using the right route of administration,” explained Dr. Schulman.

To help overcome a fear of injections, Dr. Schulman advised, “Fear of injections is not something to minimize. I explain to my patients the benefit is that they are really easy to use, and oftentimes patients don’t even need to see the needle.”

She added, “For the vast majority of patients, once they get over the initial fear, the benefit is so great that they may prefer injectables compared to taking pills.”

Stay on top of a treatment regimen by working closely with a provider to fully understand how to administer the injectable. “The first time, if not the first couple of times, I have them come into the office or set up a nurse visit to really go through, step by step, how to use the medication—both for safety and for comfort,” noted Dr. Schulman.

Education is also key to understanding the medication, such as when a medication is expected to start working. “I make sure to also provide online or home resources for patient education,” said Dr. Schulman.

Read the full article at Psoriasis.kopa.com.