Stupid Humira pen!

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   Posted 7/6/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
So I just gave myself my once every 2 week shot and I noticed that it didn't sting nearly as much as usual....that's because a good large amount had somehow leaked out onto my skin! I don't know how this happened, the pens are pretty idiot proof. But how bad do you think it is to miss most of my dose this time? I have no idea how much I got and how much leaked out.

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   Posted 7/6/2010 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
soooo do you think the needle bounced out? Sometimes happens leaving one to feel sheepish. Still daylight- would call your doc and discuss it with them. They might have an extra or can get you another dose somehow. Drug reps are amazing people. . . and know this isn't the first or the last to happen to newly dispensed medications. Sorry about the double poke though, that sucks!

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   Posted 7/6/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah that sounds like that is what happened- good idea.

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   Posted 7/6/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, when I was on it...and it was still quite new (I'm on Cimzia now)...I had this happen 2x...I called, cuz I think they had a bad batch...they had sent out more, from the same batch, and THESE also did it as well, I think I went through 3 or so pens...the different lot number, I had no was almost as if there was a defect in the spring that holds the plunger down...

So, it may not always be your could be just a bad lot...I know they try and make them "idiot proof", but sometimes, it happens...and if you call, and they say they've never heard this before, well, NOPE, I called at least 3X regarding this issue...I have it written down on my records somewhere (yeah I keep all that info, who and when I called, my memory can be so poor)...I have to do some digging, but I DO have it...
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   Posted 7/6/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a guess, but maybe the needle was too short? I hear they are pretty good about replacing the pens for free. Give them a call.

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   Posted 7/6/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys! I did call and they are sending me 2 more pens, one for this dose and one to keep as another "just in case" extra.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a pen misfire as  once as I removed the cap! I was also sent a replacement by overnight delivery plus an extra pen - free of charge. 

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   Posted 7/7/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
If it makes you feel better, once after having just started the injections I was so nervous I guess I wasn't paying attention and had the shot facing the wrong way.  I ended up shooting it into my thumb until I noticed and screamed and dropped the pen.  Cried at the time, but now my husband always tells me to double check before I do my injection.  Makes for a good laugh now.
Diagnosed with Crohns in May 08
Resection in November 08
Currently on Humira, Entocort, Xifaxan, Zoloft, Ritilan SR, B12 injections, Calcium and Vitamin D
Married, mother of 4

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   Posted 7/7/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Fongers06- LOL! I can see how that can happen! I'm sure it was tramatic at the time but it makes for a funny story.

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   Posted 7/7/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   


Sorry to laugh at your expense but that's kind of funny. Thanks!

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   Posted 7/7/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
So far everthing has been fine with mine.
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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   Posted 7/7/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i been on humria for 2 years  count to 10 keep it push in the stinging let the pen sit on the table for 5 mins .then give yourself the shot.   i take 2 shots a week but i have bad crohns
your crohns friend jay
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