Monovisc (Sodium Hyaluronate) Customer Reviews


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Sodium hyaluronate injection is prescribed for alleviating knee pain in individuals experiencing joint inflammation, particularly in cases of osteoarthritis. Typically recommended for patients who haven’t found relief through alternative treatments like acetaminophen, exercise, or physical therapy, this medication mimics a naturally occurring substance in the joints. Its potential mechanism of action involves serving as a lubricant and shock absorber within the joint, facilitating smooth knee movement and consequently reducing pain.

Uses and Dosage

A healthcare professional administers this medication through an injection into the affected joint, following your doctor’s instructions, typically on a weekly basis. The prescribed dosage is determined based on your medical condition and how you respond to the treatment.

Before administering the injection, any excess fluid in the joint may need removal.

Avoid using skin disinfectants containing ammonium salts, such as benzalkonium chloride, for preparing the injection site. Hyaluronate should never be injected into a vein or artery, as it may lead to increased side effects.

Following the injection, refrain from engaging in activities that exert stress on your knee, such as jogging, tennis, heavy lifting, or standing for extended periods, for the initial 48 hours. Post-injection, you may experience heightened pain and swelling in the knee initially. If these symptoms persist or worsen, promptly consult your doctor.

Adhering to the prescribed injection schedule is vital. The full benefits of this medication may take up to three injections to manifest effectively.

Side Effects

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:

  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • itching of the skin
  • large, nonelevated blue or purplish patches in the skin
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • swelling of the knee

Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:

  • blue color or flushing or redness of skin
  • cough
  • difficulty in swallowing
  • dizziness or feeling faint (severe)
  • fever
  • redness or pain at place of injection
  • skin rash, hives, and/or itching
  • stuffy nose
  • swelling of eyelids, face, or lips
  • tightness in chest, troubled breathing, and/or wheezing


  • Prior to using hyaluronate, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any allergies you may have, including allergies to this medication or other substances. For specific brands, disclose if you are allergic to bird proteins, feathers, or egg products. Some brands may contain inactive ingredients, such as latex in the rubber syringe cap, which could trigger allergic reactions or other issues.
  • Before starting this medication, share your medical history with your doctor or pharmacist, particularly if you have had knee joint infections, skin infections/problems around the injection site, or circulation issues in the legs.
  • During pregnancy, use this medication only if clearly necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It’s uncertain whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Form and Strength

Monovisc is available in the following forms and strengths:

  • Monovisc injection:
    • 20 mg/mL
    • 22 mg/mL


How often can you get Monovisc shots in your knee?

Monovisc injections come in a series of 1-3 injections that are spaced a week apart and can be given every 6 months.

How long do the effects of Monovisc last?

Monovisc can provide relief from 6 months to several years, depending on individual response to treatment and severity of knee pain.



Additional information

Generic name:

Sodium Hyaluronate




20mg/mL, 22mg/mL

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