How to use the autoinjector for AJOVY® (fremanezumab-vfrm) injection.
Hi. I’m here to walk you through some instructions on how to use the autoinjector for AJOVY.
This video does not replace the complete Instructions For Use included with your autoinjector. Please read and follow the Instructions For Use before you start using your autoinjector for AJOVY and each time you get a refill.
If you still have questions after doing so, speak to your healthcare provider.
Preparing to use the autoinjector
Let’s get started. Whether you are injecting your AJOVY quarterly or once monthly, the process is very similar. First, remove your autoinjector from the refrigerator and wait for 30 minutes to allow the medicine to reach room temperature.
If your dose is 225 mg of AJOVY each month, remove one autoinjector.
If your dose is 675 mg of AJOVY every three months, take out three autoinjectors.
Do not shake the autoinjector.
Also, do not leave it in direct sunlight or try to warm it up using a heat source such as hot water or a microwave.
Now, wash your hands with soap and water and dry well with a clean towel.
Next, look closely at your autoinjector to make sure there is no visible damage such as cracks or leaks.
Ensure that the liquid inside is clear and colorless to slightly yellow.
If the liquid has any particles in it or is discolored, cloudy or frozen, do not use the autoinjector and call your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
If you see air bubbles in the autoinjector, don’t worry, as this is normal.
Be sure to check that “AJOVY” appears on the autoinjector and that the expiration date has not passed.
Choosing an injection area
You have a few options on where to inject your dose.
You can choose to inject your stomach area, but make sure to avoid about 2 inches around the belly button.
You can also inject in the front of either of your thighs at least 2 inches above the knee and at least 2 inches below the groin.
Or, you can inject on the fleshy areas at the back of either of your upper arms but you may need someone who has been instructed on how to give your injection to help you. If prescribed the 675 mg dose, avoid injecting in exactly the same place.
Using the autoinjector
To inject your dose of AJOVY, first clean the chosen injection area using a new alcohol swab and let your skin dry.
Now, pick up your autoinjector with one hand and pull the protective cap straight off with the other. Do not twist.
Throw the protective cap away immediately.
To give yourself the injection, place the blue end of the autoinjector at a 90-degree angle against your cleaned skin at the injection site.
Press down firmly on the autoinjector and you will hear a “CLICK” that means the injection has started.
Continue to hold down firmly for about 30 seconds.
As the medicine is being injected, the blue plunger will move to the bottom of the viewing window. After about 15 seconds, you will hear a second "CLICK."
Next, wait about 10 seconds to make sure all the medicine is injected.
Check that the blue plunger has filled the viewing window and remove the autoinjector from the skin by lifting straight up.
Now, use a clean, dry cotton ball or gauze pad to gently press on the injection site for a few seconds.
Put your used autoinjector in an FDA-approved sharps disposal or puncture-resistant container immediately after use.
Alright, there you have it. Please read the Instructions For Use. If you still have questions about these steps, I suggest speaking with your healthcare provider. You can also call the Shared Solutions® hotline at 1-800-887-8100 to be connected with a nurse who can answer your questions.
AJOVY is a prescription medicine used for the preventive treatment of migraine in adults.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Do not use AJOVY if you are allergic to AJOVY or any of the ingredients in AJOVY. AJOVY may cause allergic reactions, including itching, rash and hives that can happen within hours and up to 1 month after receiving AJOVY. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical help right away if you have any symptoms of an allergic reaction: swelling of your face, mouth, tongue, throat or if you have trouble breathing. Talk to your doctor about stopping AJOVY if you have an allergic reaction. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take and if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Common side effects of AJOVY include injection-site reactions. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of AJOVY. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. Please see the Patient Information Leaflet within the full Prescribing Information at AJOVY.com.