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Becky77
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   Posted 8/26/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I got a rx for B12...but I'm wondering...can I just take it to any pharmacy to fill? Or does it have to be filled at a specialty pharmacy like Humira is?

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 8/26/2010 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I go to a regular pharmacy for humira and b12 so idk how things are where you are when I was in RI i went to CVS now that I am in Oregon I use Riteaid
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 

Irishmom4
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   Posted 8/26/2010 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
My regular pharmacy fills mine and my mom gives me the injection.
Elizabeth
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol,  Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.
 

Becky77
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   Posted 8/26/2010 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to order Humira through Curascript (it's Express-script's specialty pharmacy) because of my insurance. Maybe I'll call them and see if they do B12 so I can get 3 months at a time and it'll be cheaper.

I plan on giving myself the shots. I already do my own Humira shots, and B12 doesn't hurt as much as that, so I'm not too worried about it.
Becky

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 stopped 3/15/10!!!!

Pmkrier
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   Posted 8/26/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I get mine at Walgreens. It's just a vitamin not really a specialized drug such as Humira.

Becky77
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   Posted 8/26/2010 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm gonna call Walmart's pharmacy in the morning and make sure they have them before I go up there. That would be convenient since all my other meds are there.
Becky

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 stopped 3/15/10!!!!

Becky77
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   Posted 8/31/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all....another question. I took my rx to Walmart, and it looks like they fill the rx with vials that you have to then fill a syringe with. Do you have to buy syringes and draw up your B12? Does the pharmacy supply everything you need, or do you have to buy it separately? Just curious. I'm not worried about drawing up the dose or anything, but wondering about the supplies.

Thanks.

ozonehole
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   Posted 9/1/2010 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
> Hey all....another question. I took my rx to Walmart, and it looks like they fill the rx
> with vials that you have to then fill a syringe with. Do you have to buy syringes and
> draw up your B12? Does the pharmacy supply everything you need, or do you have
> to buy it separately?

If you've got vials, you need syringes. I live in Taiwan and here we can buy syringes across the counter, but in the USA (I'm guessing that's where you are) I believe a prescription is needed to possess syringes ("War on Drugs," you know).

The only other thing you should have are some alcohol wipes (you could just use a piece cotton with rubbing alcohol dabbed on it). And last but not least, a little knowledge about injecting yourself. The B12 shot should be administered IM, so no need to hit a vein (indeed, you DON'T want to do that). I inject myself in the lower hip (near buttocks). The buttocks may be a preferable target, but for that you need a willing friend/relative to do it for you - difficult to reach back there when doing it yourself.

best regards,
Robert

Becky77
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   Posted 9/1/2010 12:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Robert. I plan on doing them myself, unless I can't reach, then I'll have a xray tech friend do it. I was thinking I'd do them in the thigh. If I can't do that, I have friends in medical fields who are able to give me the shot if. I already get alcohol wipes and gauze for my Humira, so I have that.

I guess I'll pick up the vials ahead of time so I have time to figure out how to get syringes...I don't have to do the first one for a few weeks still, and then will only have to do one a month.

Grandpato2
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   Posted 9/1/2010 1:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Ihave mine in the arm. no problems.
Male, 55 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since May, 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. In the past, 5-asa Salofalk, Asacol, Entocort,  Imuran and Prednisone.

Irishmom4
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   Posted 9/1/2010 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
You need a prescription for the syringes but my pharmacy provides them for free. The vials of B 12 are only $2.50 with my insurance, what a deal. I also get them in my arm. .
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996

Bowel Resection 2006, Now on Asacol, Imuran, Folic acid, B-12 injections and Enalapril.
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