Humira Pen Versus Humira Syringe in Treatment for RA
For those who have been following my Humira journey, it hasn’t been easy by any means.
After totally botching three out of seven injections with the pen, I asked my doctor if it would be possible to switch to the pre-filled syringe.
The pen was causing so much anxiety that I actually looked forward to skipping injections, rather than actually taking my medicine.
The loud noise of the pen really bothered me, and the botching of multiple injections made me feel very insecure about the whole thing.
I was used to using a regular syringe when I was on Methotrexate, so I felt that switching to the Humira syringe would make a difference for me.
My nerves were still shot, so I had other people do the first two injections with the Humira syringe. I did the third one myself.
Overall, I feel that the syringe method is fairly fool proof. If you haven’t used a syringe before, it might seem more complicated than the pen, but for me, I wanted to know that when I gave myself the injection, I was getting the entire dose.
I do notice a significant injection site reaction, which I did not notice with the pen. And there is a significant amount of burning when you push the plunger of the syringe.
However, the benefit of the syringe, in my opinion, is that you are totally in control the whole time, unlike with the pen.
You can make the injection go as fast or slow as you want.
I’m three for three with the syringe, and I was four for seven with the pen.
I assumed that the pre-filled syringe would cost less than the pen, but it actually is $100 more a month, which my insurance begrudgingly covers.
I just wasn’t good with the pen. After enough screw-ups, I decided that I couldn’t do it anymore. I felt that the medication, itself, was working, but the anxiety around the injection wasn’t worth it for me.
If you have problems with using the pen, I would definitely try the syringe.
I honestly wish that I would have been given the syringe to begin with, but it seems like doctors’ offices and insurance companies default to the pen.
I had to explain to multiple people, at both my doctor’s office and the pharmacy, that the pen and the syringe are two different things.
But I think things will be moving smoother now with the syringe.
It just goes to show that advocating for yourself can get you a long way when you are struggling with treatments.
Leslie wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).