... I will do my second injection tomorrow, and I'm nervous. The first one I did at the doctor's office, but I was nervous then too and don't remember everything they told me. Do I have to look for bubbles in the liquid, or check to make sure it's not cloudy? Do I rub the injection site after the injection? Are there methods you use to make it less painful or more effective? Is there anything else I should do or look for before injection?
Just make sure you take the correct dose and use a clean needle. The medicine is for one time use only so if you dont use all the medication, throw the remainder away. It doesnt keep. Since the shot is subcutaneous, bubbles arent a big deal but if a large bubble is present, you wont get the correct dose unless you are using the entire syringe. If you are using the entire syringe, dont worry if there are a few small bubbles-they wont hurt you. Unlike the movies, a small bubble injected into you wont kill you! Swab the area you are injecting with alcohol and let it dry before you inject. It can sting more if the alcohol isnt dried. Dont use the injection if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Pinch up a bit of skin so that there is a little tension on the skin. This makes it easier for the needle to go in. the needle doesnt go in easy if the skin is not taut. There is really nothing to an injection. It just takes a time or two to get comfortable and you will learn.
Jab quickly rather than slowly so it hurts less. Depress the plunger slowly and steadily-going to fast can cause a bruise. Rotate sites. It is easiest to just go side to side. My son was a young teen when he had to do growth hormone injections and he used to do his own so if a 14 year old child can do this, so can you! Just relax, take a deep breath, read over the instructions and do it. It doesnt take a lot of skill to do. It is pretty easy really. You will be more comfortable after you do it a time or two! :) If you have any questions, you can ask myself or kaismama-we are both nurses.
You know what stops those nerves? Experience. No one is calm about it the first few times they stick a needle in themselves. You do have to check the solution through the window to be sure its clear and it is filled to the fill line. There isn't much you can do for the discomfort caused by the medication. The pen will give it slowly and that helps. Clean the skin first, and let the alcohol dry before you give it to yourself. You don't rub it after the injection. If you need the directions to follow you can go to this web site. rxabbvie.com/pdf/humirapen_PIL.
- Humira Information for Consumers
- Humira Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Humira (detailed)
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