Making self-injection easier
Q: How can I make it easier to self-inject my MS medication?
A: There are a few ways to help make self-injections easier. If the idea of injecting yourself is making you nervous, help is available. Self-injection anxiety counseling (SIAC) can help you learn to inject your medication with confidence and ease, usually within 6 weeks. Talk to your doctor or nurse for more information about SIAC. You can also ask a family member or other caregiver to help you give yourself the injections.
Another way to make things easier is to use a medication that comes in a pre-filled syringe. Because they do not have to be mixed before they are given, they make the injection process simpler and faster. MS medications available as pre-filled syringes include:
- interferon beta-1a (AVONEX®)
- interferon beta-1a (REBIF®)
- glatiramer (COPAXONE®)