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   Posted 3/15/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
If anyone is taking Humira please let me know if they prefer the auto injectors or syringes and why.  Thank you.

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   Posted 3/15/2010 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I chose the pen because I don't like needles. I can do this myself because I cannot see the needle. It is real simple to use, push button and watch until yellow thingy in sight window stops moving and your done.
Good luck with your decision.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications:Humira,  Asacol, FolicAcid,  Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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   Posted 3/15/2010 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Same with me.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!

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   Posted 3/15/2010 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Def the Pen!!!! The syringe hurts so badly. Pen is fast and as long as you ice and leave pen out for 15 minutes before injection...its a breeze.
27 yo Female, Crohn's, stricturing type- terminal illeum.
symptoms at age 2....Diagnosed at 6
Bal-resection 1998
Have tried it ALL Currently on Humira, Fish Oil, D3, Entocort, B-12 shots, Align, Multi

Sir WipesALot
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   Posted 3/15/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I started it a few weeks ago. The starter kit is the pen and I had to do four shots. Next time was two shots. It's actually pretty easy. I would NOT want to deal with the syringe. Pinch the skin, push then plunger, wait, and done.

Uh... but don't try to recap the pen before you use it. I got real light headed in front of the nurse for the first pen, and she told me to relax, so I went to put the cap back on. Out came the medicine. Whoops.......
Humira, Prilosec, probiotics......

DX May 2004
34 YO M

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   Posted 3/15/2010 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Pen. It's so easy. Just make sure you ice the area first- it really makes a big difference!

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   Posted 3/15/2010 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't realize there were options. I've always gotten the pens shipped to me from the specialty pharmacy. I guess that's the only way they get them.

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin

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   Posted 3/15/2010 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I'll be the lone voice of dissent - I hated the pens. I learned to do it in the syringe, I felt more control with it, and it didn't hurt. They accidently shipped me the pens once and it was awful. Went right back to the syringe.
Try it both ways and see what works best for you.

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   Posted 3/16/2010 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm with you Aimee.  I much prefer the syringe.  I think the pen hurt a lot worse.  It took me more time to work up the nerve to do the syringe but it was easier in the long run.  You can push the plunger more slowly rather than how the pen just pushes the med in so fast all at once.

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   Posted 3/16/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I use the pen. Let it set out and warm up. They never hurt in stomach but i've had a few hurt in leg. In my opion it is very easy.
Crohns dx in 2002. ilieum and colon resection 2002. Ilieum resection 2007.
Started Humira dec, 08

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   Posted 3/16/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
They both have their pros and cons.  In my opinion, the pen hurts more than the syringe because it goes in so quickly.  With the syringe, you can control how fast the medicine goes in.  I always injected really slowly and I didn't feel a thing.  If you leave the pen out for about a half hour, it doesn't sting as bad, but it still goes in quickly (and it's also better to inject where you have the most fat, which, for me was the stomach. The more muscle, the more it's going to hurt).  The syringes aren't great if you have a needle phobia.  And it took me a while to get used to the force required to actually pierce the skin.  If you're not afraid of needles, but are worried about the pain, I'd go with the syringe.  If you don't mind a few seconds of stinging pain and just want something quick and easy, try the pen.
Neither of them are bad at all once you get used to them.
22 years old, Female.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Ileocolitis November 2008.
Currently taking Remicade, 50 mg 6-MP, 5 mg prednisone (slow taper).

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   Posted 3/16/2010 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I preferred the syringe everytime. I was one of the first Crohn's patients to ever start humira. The pens didnt exist when i started. I noticed it hurt like all hell to inject the "meds" in. Needles are a breeze for me. So the nurse went REAL slow and I felt nothing.

The pen just makes it seem like you are shoving glass through a hole in the skin.

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   Posted 3/16/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the input everyone. I am going with the syringes. My brother has diebetes so I have been around syringes a long time.

Julia Hill
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   Posted 3/16/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I far prefer the syringes. I tried the pen, and most of the medicine ran down my belly. I find that the pen hurts alot more due to being spring loaded. The syringes are prefilled and much easier for me to control.

All the best,

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   Posted 3/23/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been using the Humira Pen since January, 2010. After reading all these comments I'm thinking about asking for the syringe. Apparently I'm in the 25% of the population that has to do the injections every week instead of every other week and mentally It is killing me.
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