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LBJ
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   Posted 9/10/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Does Cimzia ship the meds right to your house or your doctors office???
 
I am waiting to start taking it.  My doc said it would take a few weeks because
it has to get approved through my insurance.  So I'm waiting patiently but
also wondering what the process is?   I got a fedx package yesterday from
Cimzia and it was just a big package with all the drug information.  There
was no medication included. mad     So I'm assuming they will be sending
that seperatly here soon??? 
 
 
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
 
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Tramadol for the pain
                               *Waiting to go on Cimzia                      
No Surgeries
 


tsitodawg
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   Posted 9/10/2009 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
My cimzia is shipped to me from an inhome pharmacy a couple of days before I am due for my next dose. Your doctor should have set it up for a nurse to come to your come and administer the medication to you. Make sure that when you do get the medication, that you put it in he fridge ASAP. My cimzia is always shipped with those really nice reusable cold packs which work great for coolers, vacations, and ice packs. My family fights over who gets them every month because I have now filled my freezer with them.
Infact, I just got off the phone with the pharmacy that does mine to find out which day I need to have it shipped. They work really well with you and Cimzia is really great about asking and answering questions. I have been reallly impressed with the service and cimplicity program.

ZenaWP
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   Posted 9/10/2009 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I took Cimzia when it was still in the clinical trial phases, am currently on Humira but am in the process of switching back to Cimzia.  It was just approved by the FDA for RA and from what I see on their website, you can now get it shipped to you in prefilled syringes that you can do yourself without any nurse or doctor's office.  That's one of the reasons I decided to try it again. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


LBJ
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   Posted 9/10/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah doc said I can do it myself and I thought he said it would be coming right to my door. I just wondered
about how long after they send you this big package I got yesterday will I be seeing the meds. When I get
it, the first dose I will go to my doctors office so nurse can make sure I do it right and also to make sure I don't
have a reaction. But after that I should be ok doing it myself. I was on methotrexate last fall and did fine
doing that myself.
Thank you tsitodawg. Thats good to know that they are super nice to work with. That is definitely important.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
 
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Tramadol for the pain
                               *Waiting to go on Cimzia                      
No Surgeries
 


MAG102886
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   Posted 9/10/2009 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I havent started my Cimzia yet, I will after my surgery in November. But, it's going to be shipped to my pharmacy and then I pick it up and give myself the shot.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
Current Meds: Cimzia, Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: Sept 4, 2009 to Take Down Abdominal Fistula!!  (On hold until current flare is under control, boo!)
 

bachi
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   Posted 9/10/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on Cimzia. Usually the insurance company calls me to ask when I want the medicine shipped. They need to know if someone has to sign for it or if they can leave it on your doorstep. If you don't sign for it then they make sure you know that you are responsible for the package. I never sign for it. I figure most people wouldn't want it. lol.

But you should be getting a call from your insurance company soon. My insurance got in touch with me less than a week after my doctor suggested it. In fact, I had my first injection one week after my doctor told me about the drug.

Good luck.
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease 11 years ago, also suffer from fistulas due to Crohn's.
 
Been on Prednisone, Asocol, Pentasa, 6MP, Entocort, Cipro, Lialda, Remicade, Cimzia.
 
Most success on Remicade.
 
1st Bowel Resection on August 27th 2009. Had a foot of my right colon removed. Feeling so much better! Currently on Cimzia and Asocol to remain in good health.
 
 


Aimee =)
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   Posted 9/10/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I went round and round with my insurance company before I was able to get it. Took me SEVEN WEEKS after he submitted the prescription to get it in my hands. Grrr.

I, too, got the big package of info shortly after he submitted my info for the medication but it was over a month later before I finally got it in my hands.

Mine is shipped directly from the pharmacy, just like my Humira was. For my first dose, my GI had me just bring in the first two syringes to make sure I was comfortable giving it and that I didn't react. They did the same when I started Humira. That may be dependant upon GI.

You don't need anyone there to administer it - it's super easy. I hope you get yours long before my 7 week waiting period!

LBJ
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   Posted 9/11/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh boy Aimee I believe I am going to have the same trouble as you did. See my other
post I just made. Insurance denied what my doctor submitted for me to get it. I am
soooooo mad!!!
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
 
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Tramadol for the pain
                               *Waiting to go on Cimzia                      
No Surgeries
 


Aimee =)
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   Posted 9/11/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Grr. I'm so angry for you. Been there, done that. Thankfully my GI office did all the fighting for me. Fighting insurance companies just makes me angry, which makes my flare unbearable.

It's awful that they can do this stuff to us.

Stef17
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   Posted 9/12/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
For anyone who has been on Humira and then Cimzia - does the Cimzia shot burn the way the Humira shot does? I'm dying to know!

Aimee =)
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   Posted 9/12/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Stef17 said...
For anyone who has been on Humira and then Cimzia - does the Cimzia shot burn the way the Humira shot does? I'm dying to know!
No, thank goodness! IMO, didn't really hurt at all. It's very thick - so you have to actually push to get the med out, and I was told to push down on the injection site for 30 seconds or so after I finish to get the medication to go down. But it hasn't hurt at all. Just a stick. (I do let it come to room temp beforehand)
 
the Humira was BAD.

LBJ
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   Posted 9/12/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm pretty sure my doctors office will fight for me too. I'll check in with them Monday and see what's going on.
Yeah I don't want to have to do the leg work either or I'll really be feeling horrible crohn's wise.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too
 
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Tramadol for the pain
                               *Waiting to go on Cimzia                      
No Surgeries
 


crohn's pt mom
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   Posted 9/13/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
my  daughter's cimzia arrives by fedex in thermosafe directly to our house.  Once she calls it arrives within 24 hours.  I understand it can be ordered to go to your doctor's office if you want.

ZenaWP
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   Posted 9/13/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Stef, what's funny is that I took Cimzia before Humira and, at the time, I thought the Cimzia stung.  Now that I'm doing Humira (but switching back to Cimzia as soon as insurance approves), I realize that the Cimzia was nothing!  Humira hurts a lot worse. 
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 


Stef17
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   Posted 9/13/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info Aimee and Zena. I take Humira and it hurts like @#$^$@#$!@#$. :) I literally have to bite a towel to keep from screaming when my hubby gives me the shot. SO, it's good to know that if I ever need to try Cimzia, I'll at least be without the burn of the med. I can handle a needle stick, it's the burn that is so bad!
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