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Intravenous medication is put directly into the bloodstream via a needle or tube inserted into a vein. Medication given directly into a vein acts very rapidly.

The tube needs to be changed regularly, and may be more difficult and uncomfortable to change than a subcutaneous needle. In the long run, most people do better with subcutaneous delivery.

An important exception are people who have already had a permanent tube or ïport' inserted for chemotherapy or nutrition in the past - they have an easy-to-use intravenous route already established.

Pumps just like those described in the subcutaneous section can be used for intravenous medications.

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