Travelling with Humira?

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   Posted 3/19/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys,
I should be starting humira in approx 3 weeks. Thing is i'm at uni, and whilst i can get my shots delivered to either my home address or my uni address, i do travel between home and uni. My nurse said that sometimes they deliver 3/4 months at a time. I'm approx 170miles away from home and it takes about 5 hours on a train or about 4 hours by car. So it looks like whatever i do, i'll have to travel the shots around with me. Any tips/ideas or gadgets for keeping humira cool?
Dx - Crohn's - 2006, Depression = 2010
Currently - infliximab double dose 8 weekly, iron tablets, B12 3 monthly, prenatal vits+minerals
Tried - aza, pentasa, questran
No crohns' surgeries to date, Episcleritis for 3 weeks,
Doing BSc (Hons) degree Equine Science - some support from uni. This year has had to be split in to two. Starting Humira shortly!! fingers crossed this will beat crohn's into submission!! I WILL WIN!

Jonny Five
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 3/19/2010 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
It likely depends on where you live and what pharmacy you go through, but I personally only get 1 months worth of Humira shipped at a time.  I'm from Ontario, and I believe there's a restriction that pharmacies can only distribute 1 months worth of prescription medication at a time here, though I could be wrong.  Regardless, I see a few options:
  1. In Canada and the US Humira has a patient support program that should send you a travel bag with your first doses.  If not, I believe you can order one through them online (it's free).  The travel bag has a little compartment for an ice pack and presumably it keeps your medication in a reasonable temperature range.  That's what I have always used when I travel with my Humira.  A 4-5 hour trip may be pushing the limits of an ice pack though.
  2. If you generally visit home on the same days, try to take your shots on a different day (i.e. take them every Tuesday if you usually travel on weekends).  That will at least limit the number of times you will need to travel with the medicine.
  3. Buy a good quality cooler, or re-use the cooler they ship the medicine to you in.  I get mine shipped in a big Styrofoam box with a bunch of icepacks inside (I have an icepack pyramid about 11 levels high now - but that's a story for another day).  The pharmacy claims that these are good for 24 hours outside of a fridge, so that should do it.  They're big boxes though, so it might be cumbersome if you're on a train.

I think the best idea would be to give the Humira hotline a call and ask them for advice.  I imagine they deal with this type of thing all of the time, and so far I have found them very helpful and accommodating to any problems I have had.  Or perhaps someone more knowledgeable than me will come by and answer your question here. :)

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 3/19/2010 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I hadn't heard of multiple doses being shipped before. I get mine shipped to me the day before I am due for an injection. I have been told that I can take my injection 48 hours before or after my due date. I travel alot too so that 3-5 day window allows me to plan when I have my pen(s) shipped and where. I refrigerate my meds once I receive them and if I have to take them with me on the road then I re-use the ice packs they were shipped in. The ice packs easily last 6-8 hours if further insulated in a backpack etc. Maybe in your instance if they are willing to ship multiple doses - they could ship some to each location - then no worries!
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  • Manifestations of fissures, fistula, scleritis, polyarthralgia and erythema nodosum.
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   Posted 3/19/2010 1:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not on Humira, but I take a drug called Forteo for my osteoporosis. It's a daily subcutaneous injection that needs to stay cold. I travel with it in a cooling lunch pack and two cold iced gel packs. There is never a problem, even going through security. I just tell them, before the xray, that there is medication in there. The gel ice packs stay cold... I've used them for up to 6 hours or so for the duration of home to the final destination.
1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
Compounded budesonide 3mg/daily, Cimzia, MTX . Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09

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   Posted 3/19/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I would call Humira.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications:Humira,  Asacol, FolicAcid,  Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics, Pepcid Complete, Questran,  Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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