Humira Pen Malfunction - Frustrated

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   Posted 5/21/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
This is just a vent... I just tried to inject with my Humira pen and it malfunctioned.  I guess it was the spring mechanism because the needle never pierced my skin.  It just shot the medication against my stomach.  I am just so frustrated because I have been feeling like crap all day with the abdominal cramping and lethargy and I was really looking forward to feeling better for another two weeks.  Not that the pain was really all that bad, but my body just knew it was time for another dose.  And since it was my last pen I now have to wait for Humira to give me a replacement.  My pharmacy always takes at least two days to ship my medication to me.  I don't feel like dealing with my symptoms for another two days.  AND I'm going on a cruise in two weeks and I was going to be due for my next dose exactly one day before I was supposed to leave, but now that's not going to work. I'd rather not go through the hassle of trying to bring the medication on the ship (I don't think there are any refridgerators in the rooms).  I'll be seeing my doctor next week; I guess I will ask him about taking it a little early.  Have any of you ever injected more than twenty-four hours before you were due for your next dose? Do you think it would be a problem?
22 years old, Female.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Ileocolitis November 2008.
Currently taking Humira.

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   Posted 5/21/2009 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Ugh I'm sorry that happened! I know how frustrating it can be. My body also knows when my next Humira dose is due... i have injected more than 24 hours early, once because I felt like crap, and the next because I was flying out to Cali. It didn't hurt me, but I would ask your doc just to be safe.
-Heather, 23 yrs. old

- Crohns disease since 1995, officially diagnosed in 2003.

- Bowel resection in Dec. 07, Crohns reoccurred July 08.

- Medications - Entocort 9mg, Wellbutrin SR 150mg, Lexapro 20mg, Bentyl 10mg, Levsin, Trazadone 50mg, Humira

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   Posted 5/21/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree. I would ask your GI if you can go back on your regular schedule after your late shot. I don't see why not...
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 9mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

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

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   Posted 5/22/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, guys... Yeah, I don't think it should be a problem. And if for some reason it is, I'm sure the cruise line will be able to accommodate me one way or another.

I'm feeling a little better today. The people at Abbott Labs were very helpful and got my replacement pen shipped to a local pharmacy instead of my usual pharmacy, even though they don't have a prescription on file for me, so I'll be able to get my medication tomorrow. And now that I’m not so stressed about it, my abdominal pain seems to have quieted down a bit. It’s amazing sometimes how much the two can be tied together.

Anyway, thanks for listening to me vent :-) I hope you all have a great weekend.
22 years old, Female.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Ileocolitis November 2008.
Currently taking Humira.

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