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What should I discuss with my health care provider before using hyaluronan (Orthovisc)?
Talk to your doctor before using hyaluronan if you have an allergy to birds or bird products, feathers, or chicken or egg products.
Hyaluronan should not be used if there is an infection or skin disease at the site of injection.
It is not known whether hyaluronan will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use hyaluronan without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether hyaluronan will be harmful to a nursing baby. Do not use hyaluronan without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use hyaluronan (Orthovisc)?
Hyaluronan is administered by a healthcare professional as an intra-articular (into the joint) injection.
Temporary pain or swelling of the affected joint may occur after injection of hyaluronan.
Avoid strenuous activity or prolonged (longer than one hour) weight-bearing activity such as jogging, tennis, lifting weights, or standing for 48 hours following an injection, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
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