Learning how to self-inject will give you independance because you won't have to rely on a carer, friend, nurse or doctor every time you need an injection. With the right support, this may help to reduce the risk of you missing your injections or stopping treatment altogether, because no one was around to inject you. The benefits are:
- self-inject at whatever time suits you, on the same date each month;
- self-inject in the comfort of your own home; and
- go on holidays without needing someone else to inject you.
Most concerns about self-injection are about fear of needles or of injecting incorrectly. You are likely to become more comfortable injecting yourself the more times you do it. As you learn to relax, you might find that it becomes easier and less painful than when you started. With SIMPONI®, you can choose between two devices: a single-use automated pre-filled pen (called the ) or a . Your doctor can help you decide which is best for you.
In this section of the website, you can watch videos of the self-injection procedures with the SmartJect® pen and the pre-filled syringe. You can also review injection tips for making self-injecting as simple and worry-free as possible.
Please note that the information in this section is only a reminder. Do not attempt to self-inject using the videos as guides or the other information here, if you have not been trained to do this. Your doctor or nurse should have given you training on how to prepare an injection and how to self-inject. If you haven’t had this training, talk to your doctor or nurse to arrange it before self-injecting SIMPONI®.