When it comes to taking medication, most people are used to the pills or liquids that are taken orally. But there’s another form of medication out there that’s gaining popularity, and it’s known as injection form medication.
As the name sounds, injection form medication is medication that you take in the form of a shot. Only about 19% of doctors in the United States tend to prescribe injection medications, but there are perks to injection medication that is making them more popular.
How do injection medications work?
There are different types of injection medications. First, you can have an injection medication that is known to work right away. These medications can be given to patients that are experiencing severe symptoms of an illness and need immediate relief. Many allergy and asthma medications are immediate injection medications, allowing the medicine to travel directly into the bloodstream.
Another type of injection medication is known as a long lasting medication, and these tend to release medication into the body more slowly than immediate medications. Many antipsychotic injection drugs are long lasting so that patients experiencing psychotic episodes are not required to remember to take a pill every day. Instead, the long lasting injections can work anywhere from two to four weeks.
The other type of injection medication are those that are preventative, such as your booster or flu shots. These all work differently, but their purpose is to prevent you from catching a certain illness or disease by making you immune to it.
What are the benefits of injection medication?
One of the biggest perks to injection medication is that is doesn’t typically require as much work on your part. You don’t have to remember which pills to take or if you took your medication already that day. Most injection medications are performed by a doctor, so you typically won’t be required to take medicine every day. Instead, your doctor will set up a schedule with you for you to receive your medication.
The other benefit is for your doctor. Because the doctor is in charge of giving you the medication, he or she can know for sure that you’re taking your medication and can then determine if it’s working. If it’s working, they can help cure you, and if it’s not, they can then try to give you something else.
What are the risks?
Like oral medication, taking injection medication has risks. Injection medication typically also has the same side effects as the oral medication, but you also run the risk of developing a rash or infection near or on the injection site. You may also experience pain or soreness on the injection site, and if you require regular injection medication, you may even develop some bruising on the injection area.
Like any medication, you should always talk with your doctor about the possible risks and side effects. If your doctor prescribes you an oral medication, ask him or her if they have an injection form available, and if it’s something that interests you, ask if you can have that option instead.
On the other hand, if your doctor wants to give you injection medication but you’re skeptical, you can always talk about your fears with the doctor or opt to use the oral medication instead.
Trevor Curry is a health professional and avid writer who often discusses the use of injection medications and the proper way to ensure healthy technique.