This medication is injected into the joint that is affected by osteoarthritis. Your doctor or a trained health care professional will give you the injection, usually at a clinic. The dose depends on the location of the arthritis.
For osteoarthritis of the hip, ankle, or shoulder, the usual dose is a single injection into the affected joint. This dose can be repeated after 1 to 3 months if the first dose doesn't provide enough relief.
For osteoarthritis of the knee, the usual dose is 1 injection per week into the knee joint for a total of 3 weeks. If this first set of injections doesn't provide enough relief, a second set of 3 weekly injections can be given, provided at least 4 weeks have passed since the last treatment. The maximum recommended dose is 6 injections within 6 months.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are receiving the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to receive this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss an appointment for a dose of the injection, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Store this medication at room temperature, do not allow it to freeze, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.