Humira injection site reactions

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ivy6
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   Posted 3/26/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anybody had any success in reducing the size and severity of injection site reactions? I already take a Claratyne (antihistamine) before the injection, and often for a few days afterwards too, but my reactions seem to be getting bigger by the month.

Is it possible to stop it happening or reduce the size of the reactions? I've worked out that icing before the injection actually makes my site reactions worse, so that won't work...

Ivy.
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Becky77
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   Posted 3/26/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Mine got worse for a while, then got better. I take Benadryl (2), and Zantac the night I give myself the shot, and then use Calamine lotion the next couple days on the reaction area. For some reason, Zantac also helps not get as big a reaction site. Calamine lotion (even the clear kind) works the best to keep it from itching.

I also don't ice, because it doesn't make the shot any different, so why do it?

Maybe yours will get better eventually. How long have you been on Humira?
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12; phenergan, ultram, clonazepam as needed


ivy6
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   Posted 3/26/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
How did you work out that zantac helps ease the severity of the reaction, Becky?

I can't take two Claratyne tablets, as the dose is one tablet a day. Do you think I may need a stronger antihistamine, then?

Thanks

Ivy.
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Becky77
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   Posted 3/26/2009 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI recommended the Zantac. Not sure how or why it helps, but it does. You just take it as directed on the package.

As for the Claratyne....I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to try another type of antihistamine...some work better than others from one person to another.
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12; phenergan, ultram, clonazepam as needed


blacky
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   Posted 3/26/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I get very itchy site reactions, I use a spray called Bactine. It is for insect bites and small irritations.

Works for me. I don't take anything by mouth and I never ice.
blacky - Donna
Mother of 3, 3 resections from CD


spookyh
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   Posted 3/26/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to get a big itchy red patch that lasted for some time. That was before I warmed up the medicine before the injection. Now I hold the pen in my hot little hand for at least 15 minutes, and at most, I get a nickel sized itchy spot for one day. I find that taking an epsom salt bath, and putting a pile of epsom salts right on the injection site for awhile, helps the itchiness go away faster. Last weekend I was lucky (sort of). The pen hit a vein, which made it bleed a little and left a bruise, but no itchy red spot.

ivy6
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   Posted 3/27/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm. Interesting. Thanks.
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randynoguts
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   Posted 3/27/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
nothing here but an occaisional bruise.
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Beth
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   Posted 3/27/2009 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Benedryl cream applied immediately after the injection helps me a lot. 

Beth
 
Dx in early 1999
Resection in June 2006
Currently on Humira
 

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