Two injection-related topics...one tip and one question

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DanmanBob
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   Posted 7/15/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Tip - If you have a need to refrigerate your meds, check with any specialty pharmacy or compounding pharmacy.  There are packing devices used by diabetics to refrigerate insulin that work well with trimix and other meds.
 
Question - Sometimes I use bimix and sometimes trimix.  With bimix, the dose is much larger.   I find it difficult to withdraw that quantity of fluid from the vial.  Any tips out there re. how to make this easier?
Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


Tim G
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   Posted 7/15/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
What you're probably experiencing is back-pressure when you pull back on the syringe plunger to withdraw the medication.  Try this, which is standard procedure for healthcare providers withdrawing meds from a vial. 
 
Draw air into the empty syringe equal to the amount of liquid you are going to withdraw.  Inject the air into the vial, then withdraw the medication.  This should help to withdraw the liquid more easily.
 
Tim


Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (< 5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Organ confined pT2a  Gleason 5   
Cancer-free for 2 years  PSA's undetectable 


DanmanBob
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   Posted 7/15/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks, tim!!
Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


Tim G
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   Posted 7/15/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the refrigeration tip, Dan.  I have two more injection medication questions to piggyback on to yours.  Do you or anyone else know what determines the expiration date on bi-, tri- and quad-mix medications? Is it ok to use them past the expiration if they still work?
 
My quad-mix has a six-month expiration, is expensive and not covered by insurance.  I'm still using expired pills of different kinds, so can I do the same with injection medication.
 
I use an auto-injector (InjectEase) which helps make the initial needle injection go smoother.  Has anyone ever tried any of the topical over-the-counter topical numbing meds (like lidocaine) before injecting?  

DanmanBob
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   Posted 7/15/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Tim, what size needle do you use?  Have you had good success with the autoinjector?  I might try buying another one, but my first does not push the needle in straight.....it is off center so to speak which leads to problems at times....might be a defective one.

Danman Bob, Born 1951
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14; Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Post-op pathology stated that cancer was confined to the prostate
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of late April 2008)
100 MG Viagra 3 times a week beginning December 2007
Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy beginning mid-February 2008
30 MG papaverine/1 MG phentolamine bimix injections beginning late April 2008
Five week post-op PSA 0.2, five month post-op PSA 0.1, next test August 2008


Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2290
   Posted 7/16/2008 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I use a 28 gauge x 1/2 inch needle size. If I press the the AutoInjector firmly against the skin before triggering it works ok. I don't use any of the spacer rings.


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