Some medications work best when they are given into subcutaneous tissue.

  • The subcutaneous tissue is the fatty layer of tissue just under the skin.
  • Giving medicines this way is sometimes called "Sub-Q" injection.
  • The medication is absorbed slowly when it is given this way.
  • There are several different devices used to give a Sub-Q injection. All of the devices use a small, short needle.

Types of devices:

  • Syringe and vial
  • Pen device