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I’m going to start Humira next week. Anyone have helpful tips or advice?

  1. tracim,
    Thanks for reaching out!
    I found that the abdomen was the most comfortable place to inject. Rotating the sites around your abdomen prevents hardening of the areas. It's also important to let it sit out of the refrigerator for a full 30 minutes.
    When injecting, I liked the autoinjector. It's quick, which reduces discomfort. And, I don't have to see the needle.
    Hope this helps!
    Mary Sophia (team member)

    1. Hi ,

      Thanks so much for posting your question! I wish you all the best as you begin Humira and hope it is effective for you.

      Mary Sophia covered the bases. Hopefully it will be an autoinjector, because then you don’t have to worry about jabbing yourself, which can take some getting used to. I second what she said about abdomen injections. I initially hated the idea of that, as bellies seem more vulnerable than legs and arms, but I found I had more itching and swelling at the injection site when I used my extremities. Most people have more fat on their abdomens, and this is actually an advantage for decreasing discomfort at injection site for many people. I also used a cold pack after the injection and this helped with swelling.

      Injections are not fun but they can be well worth it. I am sending you my best wishes as you courageously brave the frontier of trying a new med. I hope it helps a lot!

      Gentle hugs,
      Tamara

      1. You'll find a routine that works for you with the injections. Some people like ice, no ice, leg, butt, arm, etc. Whatever works for you to give you the least discomfort you'll eventually find it. I like very, very, slow and no ice and I switch between 6 places! Keep on keepin' on, DPM

        1. I have been taking Humira since it first came out! I always iced the area and took meds out of fridge for at least 30 mins before! I do get a headache for about 24 hours.

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