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07-08-2016, 08:44 AM   #1
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Self injection for starter dose of Humira

My Humira is supposed to arrive today, 5 weeks after starting the whole process.

Humira had assigned a nurse to help me, but because of the wait she's no longer available and they'll have to assign someone else.

I really don't want to wait any longer and although it would be great to have a nurse on hand to show me what to do, and in case I have any reactions, it doesn't look that difficult.

What would others recommend? Wait several more days for a nurse, or go ahead and do it myself?

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07-08-2016, 08:49 AM   #2
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Humira takes 3-5 months to become fully effective
I know you anxious to start
Have you given injections before for other meds ( Mtx )?
Is it the auto injector or the syringe ?
What does your doctor's office say ?
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07-08-2016, 08:51 AM   #3
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Your pcp office might be able to show you woth a quick nurse visit at the office ...
07-08-2016, 08:54 AM   #4
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Humira takes 3-5 months to become fully effective
I know you anxious to start
Have you given injections before for other meds ( Mtx )?
Is it the auto injector or the syringe ?
What does your doctor's office say ?
It's the pen, not the syringe (I believe, haven't gotten it yet.)

I haven't injected myself with any medications before, but have no issue with needles since I regularly donate blood and get weekly allergy injections.

Haven't expressed to the doctor's office my desire to do it myself. Was planning on discussing with the Humira ambassador after it arrives.

Yes, I'm an extremely impatient person! I've been sick for several weeks so want to get it going as soon as possible.
07-08-2016, 08:57 AM   #5
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Personally I wouldn't inject myself with a drug I've never had before, not because I couldn't do the injection successfully but in case I had a bad reaction to the drug and needed a medical person there to do something about it.
Of course, we're all different and you must do whatever you feel happy with. Me, I'd wait.
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07-08-2016, 09:49 AM   #6
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There is a free app called Complete which can give you a video tutorial.
07-08-2016, 10:58 AM   #7
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There is a free app called Complete which can give you a video tutorial.
I did speak with a Humira ambassador and then checked out that video.

Did you do your starter dose by yourself or with a nurse?
07-08-2016, 11:01 AM   #8
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A nurse

07-08-2016, 12:30 PM   #9
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It was the nurse on her first visit who let me know about the app.
07-08-2016, 01:13 PM   #10
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When I called the Humira ambassador earlier, they said that some people call them when they're about to do the injections, and walk through it on the phone. I think I'll do that. That way if something happens weird I won't freak out and they can give me advice.

Edit: Local nurse just called me. She's willing to come here tomorrow morning, so I'll wait for her. Didn't think they would come out on a weekend.

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07-08-2016, 02:31 PM   #11
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That is great.

07-08-2016, 02:39 PM   #12
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Glad to hear the nurse is coming quickly. I had my starter dose done at my GI's office. I did all of the injections, but the nurse guided me with the first one.
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