Countess18 - I have been on Humira since mid-December. I have had zero side effects and saw improvement by week 6 and felt like I was in remission at week 12. I started with bi-weekly had a bit of lingering inflammation and went to weekly. It put me into remission. I currently have what I consider a small flare and will likely add an immunosuppressant. I have to say that I love Humira. If you are in the US, sign up for the discount card and I highly recommend signing for the nurse ambassador as well. My nurse came to my house in advance, gave me literature, a practice pen, etc. She then came to my house when I did my loading dose and it was 7 PM. She called me all the time and gave me her cell number in the event I had a question or concern. I really miss her! She said I graduated since I was such a success and sent me on my way. There is also an app you can get for your phone to track your injection sites, lot number, etc. Super easy to use and my nurse helped me find it and set it up. Humira also will send you a large sharps container and when it's full you can order another and they will send a return package, postage pre-paid to send your sharps back.
I have only had one cold and that was when I first started. I haven't been sick at all so everyone is different in that regard. Just make sure you wash your hands and you should be fine.
Couple of tips for injecting. Take the med out at least 2 hours prior to injection to let it get room temperature. After you swab the site with the alcohol pad make sure it is completely dry. Take your caps off, remember thumb on plum so you don't give yourself a shot in the thumb, grab the skin, take a deep breath, inject and slowly count to 10. It is so easy to do. It stings a bit, but honestly it's minor and only lasts a minute.
I found the stomach the best place to inject but tried the thigh also for my loading dose for a comparison. I thought the thigh was more painful but everyone's different.
Last tip, then I'll stop - if you have to get it from a specialty pharmacy order it the first opportunity you can. I can only get 28 days at a time and always order my refill at day 21 so I have ended up with a small stock pile in the refrigerator because I get one extra pen every month. It makes me feel better to have extra in the event of a pharmacy mix up, delivery issue or refill issue.
Best of luck to you! I hope this is your magic med and brings you to remission.
Post Edited (Mrs. Brady) : 11/13/2017 2:34:05 PM (GMT-7)