Humira: Pens Vs. Syringe

Which do you prefer?
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The pens - 50.0%
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The Syringe - 50.0%

 
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Kanditron
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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I know there are a few Humira posts floating around out there but I thought this poll would prove helpful for myself and others.
25 years old
Diagnosed 9/06 with Pancolitis. The diagnosis was changed 9/20/07 to Crohn's disease.
Located in my large intestines, stomach, and mouth.
Asacol 3 3x's a day reinstated 9/20/07
Colazal 3 3x's a day which was stopped 9/11/07
Can not tolerate Prednisone in the slightest amount
Imuran 100mg a day. Which I started 8/24. Stopped 9/11/07
Methylpred 40 mg a day.

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lovepink
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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey!
I was on the syringes for about 5 months or so and of course they were not pleasant (but what needles are). I have now been on the pen for about 2-3 months and absolutely hate them. They hurt so bad and honestly, I have yet to find out why it makes such a difference. But that is what the Humira company gave me so for now that is what I use. I definitely do NOT recommend the pen!
Good Luck! Let me know what you think!

lovepink
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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am with everyone who does not like the pens!! I was on the syringes for about 4 months or so. Of course it does NOT feel good but it is about 70% less painful then the pens. I do not understand why the pens hurt so much worse. I guess we are all different. But I do NOT recommend the pen @ all. Right now I have the pens and really do not have a choice because the HUMIRA company is paying for my Humira right now so of course I take what I get. Definitely a HUGE difference though.
Good Luck!

Ides
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   Posted 9/29/2007 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I have only used the pens. They were easy to use. I have read many others complain about the burning of the medication when it went in but I did not experience that. No burning or other effects from the four injections.
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crohnie42
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   Posted 9/30/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
My ins will only pay for the pens. I hope it does nto burn to nbadly. I am such a wimp
Michele
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
Female Dx'ed with Crohns Disease in 1992
Been on every med for crohns that exists
Several Fistula surgeries
Dx'ed with Colon Rectal Cancer March 2007
Dx'ed with Stage 2 Vulvar VIN
On Chemo and Radiation for 6 weeks


onebloodonelife
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   Posted 9/30/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm all for the syringes, even though I'm using the pens currently. The reason the pens hurt so much worse than the syringes is that the rate of the medication injection is much, much faster with the pen. With the syringe, you can control the rate of injection, making it less painful.
Crohn's Disease for a year and counting
Imuran: 150mg
Humira: got 4 shots on 9/12, finally got approval on 9/21, next 2 shots on 9/26
Dicyclomine and hyoscamine for intestinal cramping and spasms
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Aimee =)
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   Posted 9/30/2007 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I won't touch the pen - the syringe is easy to use and doesn't hurt. I can't imagine why anyone would want the pen, honestly.

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/30/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have only used the pens and they do burn like crazy, I think it is the speed at which the meds go in
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
 
 
 


curley
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   Posted 9/30/2007 8:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Pen been there done that.It's syringe or nothing.
Curley
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mcleaver1969
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   Posted 10/1/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my loading dose of Humira on Friday, and I was pleasantly surprised that my insurance company allowed for the syringes. I was scared to death thinking I would get stuck using the pen and I've heard so many painful stories about using the pen. Each of the 4 injections the nurse gave me with the syringe were really painful, the medication burns fiercely when being injected, but thankfully the burning only lasted about 10 seconds and was gone. There is absolutely NO WAY that I can inject myself with the Humira, I know my limitations and that is one of them, I can't do that to myself knowing how much it hurts. I will have a friend do it for me. So far I haven't had any adverse effects from the first treatment, but haven't noticed any noticable improvement either. Hmmm...
To everyone using the pen-good luck and be well!
 
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Diagnosed with CD March 2006

hspenser
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   Posted 10/2/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   

ignorance is bliss....I only have used the pens, so I don't know if the syringe is less painful or not....what I do know is that I can take the burn from the humira once it is injected....I know that the actual insertion of the needle is painless because it is so quick...I know the burn passes quickly...and I know that I could never ever watch a needle go into me so therefore I could never ever give myself an injection with a syringe, but I can do the pen by myself and even keep my eyes closed as it injects.

The pain is not terrible....and maybe the syinge is even less pain, ..but the Pen is do-able and gives me control and independence.


dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old


Kanditron
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   Posted 10/6/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm going to be a booger and bump this
25 years old
Diagnosed 9/06 with Pancolitis. The diagnosis was changed 9/20/07 to Crohn's disease.
Located in my large intestines, stomach, and mouth.
Asacol 3 3x's a day reinstated 9/20/07
Colazal 3 3x's a day which was stopped 9/11/07
Can not tolerate Prednisone in the slightest amount
Imuran 100mg a day. Which I started 8/24. Stopped 9/11/07
Methylpred 40 mg a day.

myspace.com/kandice789


Bane
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   Posted 10/6/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Syringe all the way.
19, Male, diagnosed over Christmas Break of my Junior year in High School. BEST CHRISTMAS EVAR LOL

(not really)


crohnie42
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Total Posts : 371
   Posted 10/6/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
pens were ok

THE THIGHS WERE NOT :cry:
Michele
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
Female Dx'ed with Crohns Disease in 1992
Been on every med for crohns that exists
Several Fistula surgeries
Dx'ed with Colon Rectal Cancer March 2007
Dx'ed with Stage 2 Vulvar VIN
On Chemo and Radiation for 6 weeks

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