Reasons for Intramuscular Injection

When your doctor informs you that you need the Intramuscular Injection procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Intramuscular Injection is Performed

Alternate Names for Intramuscular Injection:
Injection, IM
Injection, intramuscular

Reasons for Procedure

Some medicines are better absorbed when given in the muscle; if taken by mouth, they may not work. Other medicines may be given in the muscle if you are unable to take them by mouth.

Some examples of medicines given using an IM injection:

  • Certain antibiotics
  • Certain contraceptive hormones
  • Most vaccines
  • Epinephrine injections for severe allergic reactions


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