Thank SR559- good feedback. I do fear the self injections most. I'm not a big fan of any needles- blood draws and IV caosue me to tense up. You would like I would become imune after all these years.
How long have you u been on the drugs? Has his "cured Crohn's" as the Dr's are telling me. Its the first time in my life I ever heard the word cure mentioned.
Post Edited (Sir WipesALot) : 8/2/2010 9:55:01 AM (GMT-6)
I would suggest Humira or Cimzia. Both are comparable in terms of convenience, price and effectiveness, in my opinion. I just started back on Humira after a year on Cimzia because of continued joint pain. I forgot how back Humira stings...I literally scream for all 10 seconds of the injection. Cimzia is not painless to me, though. The medicine does burn when it goes in, but not like Humira, and it burns less if you let it warm up first. They both have their drawbacks...it either stings worse with the Humira pen or you have to do the needle for Cimzia...you get used to it, either way.
I have continued to take all of the meds I previously took including OTC and multivitamins, calcium and vitamin D and have never been told these can interact with the biologics. I don't have regular blood work on Humira or Cimzia...drs just ask if I've had any signs of infection. Also, neither of these drugs caused me to gain weight overall, but it does seem like I'm bloated the day after doing Humira. Never noticed it with Cimzia.
I like all the information. I had my first injections last Friday. The first two injections I wasted as the needle went in, but I did not keep it down tight enough the medication ejected all over my floors.
The nurse was so patient with me. I could give her a medal! She was there for 3.5 hrs. Could you believe it took that long to get thru 6 injections.
What know one has mentioned was tha the medication was like acid. I was so worried about the needles, that I never even thought of the medication. After the whole expeirence... Iam glad 6 down. On Sept 3rd it the two injections and then 1. Not sure if I can conitinue... but will give it the old college try.
After the injections I felt better. not so tired. That is well worth the 10 seconds of shear agony