Humira and refidgeration

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   Posted 4/3/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. I am actually just starting humira for the first time today. Why does it have to be refridgerated? Is there anything else I should know about the drug as well?
Age:22/6"1'/146lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal, 6mp
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Methotrexate as of October 2008
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, Chronic UTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s found a 6th G.I. crossing my fingers
Procedures: 4 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)

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   Posted 4/3/2009 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
All of the anti TNF meds have special handling requirements. I don't know the exact reason Humira must be refrigerated but it is likely because it will become less or ineffective if left at room temperature. Have you read the FAQ at
That should answer most of your questions. Also, the medical person that instructs you for your first injections should have information from Abbott about Humira. I was given a VHS tape, CD, and a bunch of booklets.
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   Posted 4/3/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Just to let you know, I have mine delivered to my house, while I'm at work, and it is packaged and shipped with ice packs. I don't have to worry that it may sit out in the heat for 5 or so hours before I get home, unpack it, and refrigerate it myself. Also, I was in the hospital once and didn't realize that when my boyfriend brought it to me, he brought both pens. I used one pen, then one of them was left in the box for about 12 hours unrefrigerated and I called and they said it was actually fine in a 70 degree environment for about 24 hours. The pharmacy that ships mine has been very helpful and answers any questions I may have about the medicine.

Good luck!!

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05
Currently on Humira, Prilosec, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12; phenergan, ultram, clonazepam as needed

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   Posted 4/4/2009 2:03 AM (GMT -7)   
so it wont go bad and kill ya.

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