Any Cimzia people self-inject?

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   Posted 6/15/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm finally done with the nonsense and hassle of a home health nurse. The one I had for a year was great, but she can no longer do my shots. So, I've requested to switch to the pre-filled syringes. I inject myself daily with forteo (osteoporosis med, subcutaneous) and weekly with mtx. The needle on the mtx is 25G and Cimzia 24, so they're pretty close. I only worry about the viscosity of the Cimzia. There were many times my nurse's hand would quiver as she depressed the syringe. I'm not sure I can do that...

So, I'm wondering, of all the Cimzia users out there, how many give yourself the shot? And, is it hard? Or do the "good grips" handles make it easy to depress?

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 6/15/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
It's not at all difficult to do, but the medicine is thick, so you do have to push harder and it takes longer than something like mtx does.  I do really like the Oxo Good Grip handles and I do feel like they make it easier. 

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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   Posted 6/15/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I give myself the shots too. I've done it 2x now and have not had trouble. Just have to give it slow because it's so thick, but it's not hard to depress the needle at all.
Good luck to u!
Crohn's Disease Dx'ed in '02
Bipolar 1 Disorder w/Psychosis -Rapid Cycle

Cimzia, Abilify, Tofranil, Aciphex , Lisinopril, Allegra-D, Sustenex

Crohn's drugs I've tried: Remicade (put me into remission for 5 years), Entocort, Immuran, Prednisone & Questran powder.
Bowel Resection: 2002
Fistula surgery: 2003

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   Posted 6/15/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I have given myself the shots now for almost a year.I have been on remicade,humira , and now cimzia.I have tried all the oral meds and no such luck.The cimzia right now isnt keeping my crohns at bay and im beginning to flare again my doctor is working with the dosage trying to get me to respond to it so we'll see what happens.No the shots aren't bad at all but the med is thick and takes longer to inject but it doesnt burn like the humira did.
dx in oct 2006
failed remicade
failing humira
getting ready to start cimzia and 6-mp

Aimee =)
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   Posted 6/15/2010 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've never really understood why some GIs have nurses come to administer these shots. They are designed for non-medical people to administer and very easy. IMO the Cimzia package is like "shots for dummies" LOL. It's designed for you to do at home alone. The Humira was not hard to understand but not as user friendly in the packaging.
Cimzia was easier than Humira for me - mostly because Humira hurt and Cimzia didn't. Cimzia is very thick so you have to use some force. No biggie, though.

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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I do my own every month. Not hard at all. Yes it is thicker so I have to push real slow to get it all in.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS and Arthrities too. I have Crohn's very mild compared to a lot of Crohn's people.
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Tramadol for the pain
                               Cimzia Injections. Just started on 9/30/2009                      
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   Posted 6/15/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
The OXO needles are designed so RA patients can easily inject themselves. My shots are given by a fairly petite nurse (I'm in a study and they want me getting shots in the clinic) and she doesn't have any problem injecting the Cimzia, with standard needles. She does says it's thick though and it takes about 5-10 seconds.
Cimzia, Asacol

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   Posted 6/17/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been doing my own injections every since I started on Cimzia about 9 months ago and the Humira before that. I've also been doing my own B12 injections for like 10 years. It's no big deal at all - I'd much rather do it myself than have to make sure the house is tidied up for a home-health nurse coming over :)

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   Posted 6/18/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I self-administered Cimzea for a few months. I found that holding the syringe like a dart and using my index finger to push the plunger worked well for me. Also, letting the syringe get to room temperature a half-hour before i took it made it not sting as much.
30yo/male/western NY
Dx with Crohns in 2001- Asacol and diet beat it into remission in 2004.
Nov. 2009- Crohns is back!
Medical Issues- ADHD, anxiety, depression, kidney stones
Meds- Vyvanse, Lexapro, Xanax, Darvocet

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