I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about Humira so I thought I would try to address some of the concerns with injecting.
For my review/experience with Humira, checkout my previous post: Humira – A Miracle Drug?
Order the syringes not the pens
I’ve talked to several Humira users who have used both the auto-injector pen and the syringe. Although more intimidating if you do not fare well with needles, the syringe is significantly less painful. Next time you order your Humira from your provider, request the syringes rather than the pens. The syringe has a very small tip and you can slow the speed the medication is injected at making it less painful.
Let the medication warm to room temperature before injecting
The cold medication increases the painful burning when injecting. The medication can be taken out of the fridge and allowed to warm to room temperature without ruining the biologics. The medication can be taken out of the fridge and kept at room temperature up to 14 days. Once the medication has reached room temperature you cannot put it back in the refrigerator and it must be used within 14 days.
Injecting into the upper thigh is less painful
There are several areas Humira can be injected into as shown by the Humira reminder app. I’ve found the upper thigh to be much less painful than injecting in the lower abdomen. I have heard that absorption may be increased in the abdominal area but that is something to bring up with your doctor. Do not forget to rotate injection sites as well.
Suck it up
No one likes needles but the relief you get from injecting Humira will far surpass the temporary pain you get for 30 seconds. I will take 30 seconds of minor uncomfortable pain over the extreme acute pain I get from bowel obstructions or constant aching intestines anyday of the week. Grin and bear it, you’ll be fine.