Humira shots are painful

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jeffereyr123
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   Posted 10/10/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Just had my first four shots of humira, two in my stomach and two in my thighs. I had expected them to feel like any other shot, but I can honestly say those were the most painful shots I have ever had. I'm going to have to do it myself next time. So, those of you on humira, is it always really painful or are there ways to reduce the pain?

PMH1957
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   Posted 10/10/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   

 

jefferey123

I actually had my first dose of Humira today too. I went to my DR and watched a video showing me how to give myself the shots. The nurse also showed me how.  I'm actually using the Pen and not the syringe needles. I had two shots before leaving the office and will administer the other two later today. I had the shots in the stomach also and will try them in the thigh next time. I had no pain what so ever.  On the video I watched, it said you could numb the site with an ice cube before giving the shot if you needed too. Good luck to you.


Eva Lou
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   Posted 10/10/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
tell me you guys, is your insurance convering this? Did your GI have to fudge your diagnosis to indeterminite/Crohns in order to get coverage? Well I hope it works well for the both of you! I've heard they burn like crazy, the injections, & that letting the shot get to room temp helps. A little....

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moonshine01
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   Posted 10/10/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my first two shots yesterday. The nurse prepared me telling me that they might burn. However, she did me the injection in the thigh REAL SLOW and this helped reduce the burning sensation. Doing it real real slow helps, (to the extent that i got bored because it took some time) but at least did not feel the pain too much ...

jeffereyr123
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   Posted 10/10/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm actually in a clinical trial for humira which unfortunately means I could get the placebo. In addition, in the trial they don't have the pens only the syringes. Your lucky the shot didn't hurt for you. Like I said, I've had many shots in my life but none that felt like that. I've been reading around and it does seem that others have more success injecting it slowly. The injections I got were fairly quick probably six to eight seconds and because there is only one other person participating in the study at my trial site, I wounder how much experience the nurses have injecting humira.

moonshine01
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   Posted 10/10/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems you are all having four shots the first time u take Humira. What is the dosage of each shot? i had only 2 as prescribed by my GI. Each shot was 40 ml. That is i got 80 ml. Did ur GI tell you how long it takes to feel the effect? I was on remicade for a year but never attained remission so i was switched to humira. Does it take long to feel the effect? Humira now is my last medical treatment before going for surgery.

jujub
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   Posted 10/10/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
If it hurt that much, you got the Humira. Everyone who's on it says it is painful. They say using ice to help numb the injection site and letting the medication get up to room temperature before giving it help.
Judy
 
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_MJ_
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   Posted 10/11/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
what does humira do?

Sweetie31105
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   Posted 10/11/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I take my dose today, I've been taking it for about a year and a half. For me, as time goes on it gets better. Although I still welt and rash, but it goes away after a while. Sometime the after effect from the shot hurts around the injection spot. When you first inject yourself it does hurt. The more time you inject yourself in a similar location, it will hurt more. I keep moving around from belly to thighs giving one part a break. My doctor is keeping me on 2 pens every 2 weeks until my next appt. Hopefully he will bring me down to 1 pen every 2 weeks. I think Humira is to keep you in remission.
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)


jasperthedog
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   Posted 10/11/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
i agree, it is the most painful shot I've had too. Supposedly it's not the needle that hurts, butt he medicince. I take them out and let them sit at room temp for 20 min and I numb the injection site for 3 minutes. That helps some, but not that much! Good luck! I hope you have sucess with the treatment! Cara
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Sweetie31105
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   Posted 10/12/2008 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
moonshine01

I've studied on Humira a lot since I've been on it for quite a while. I even talked to my doctor wondering why he's having me take 2 shots instead of 1, I looked on the humira site under the Crohn's part since there isn't a UC part, and it states that the first injection is 4 shots, then 2 weeks later it's 2 shots, then it goes down to 1 shot every 2 weeks. So, I asked my doctor about that. He said that with all the flaring I've had, the dosage he's having me take is the proper dosage to keep me in remission. I guess there is another, more advanced information that he has that isn't given for us. Eventually he's bringing me down to 1 shot every 2 weeks though. With the taking effect, I think it took me about 2 or 3 months for it to actually put me in total remission. Before I started Humira, I was kinda in remission, but kinda not.
 
Here is the site if u want to look for the information yourself.
www.humira.com
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)

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