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Routes of drug administration: uses and adverse effects: Part 1: Intramuscular and subcutaneous injection

Aronson, Jeffrey K

Adverse Drug Reaction Bulletin: December 2008 - Volume - Issue 253 - p 971–974
doi: 10.1097/FAD.0b013e328329bb21
Original Article

Drugs are effective only if they reach their site of action. This is usually achieved by oral administration, but other routes are possible. Here I describe the uses and characteristic adverse effects of commonly used routes of administration. In this part I deal with intramuscular and subcutaneous injection and in part 2 other routes.

University Department of Primary Health Care, Rosemary Rue Building, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford, UK

Correspondence to J.K. Aronson, University Department of Primary Health Care, Rosemary Rue Building, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LF, UK E-mail: jeffrey.aronson@clinpharm.ox.ac.uk

Editor: R E Ferner, MSc, MD, FRCP, Director of the West Midlands Centre for Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting and Consultant Physician at City Hospital, Birmingham, UK. Assistant Editor: Mr C Anton, MA, MEng. Editorial Board: Australia: Dr M Kennedy, Professor G M Shenfield, Denmark: Professor J S Schou; England: Dr J K Aronson; Ireland: Professor J Feely; Netherlands: Professor C J van Boxtel, Dr B H Ch Stricker; New Zealand: Dr T Maling; Scotland: Dr D N Bateman; Wales: Professor P A Routledge.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.