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05-29-2018, 03:49 PM   #1
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Humira Storage: How to know when Humira is dead

Has anyone figured out how to know if Humira is working before injecting? I've become really fussy recently with my fridge storage as my fridge temperature jumps up and down much, and sometimes says it's as high as 9/10C (Celsius) in there.

My Humira is kept in the original carton (not the box) at the back of the fridge in a container on top of each other.

I spoke to my specialist and she said that Humira really keeps, it's only if subjected to freezing and boiling temperatures or direct sunlight that it will stop working, yet the internet says otherwise. Can anyone give me peace of mind or advice on this?
05-29-2018, 04:38 PM   #2
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The website and instructions say if the liquid is clear than it's okay. The routine my infusion nurse showed me has me check in the little window for clear liquid before I inject.

If other liquid items in the same part of the fridge are not freezing, you should be good to go as long as you let it warm up outside the fridge before injecting.
05-29-2018, 04:46 PM   #3
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The website and instructions say if the liquid is clear than it's okay. The routine my infusion nurse showed me has me check in the little window for clear liquid before I inject.

If other liquid items in the same part of the fridge are not freezing, you should be good to go as long as you let it warm up outside the fridge before injecting.
So the flakes, frozen liquid and lack of air bubble is the ultimate definer then by the sounds of it. I've found that 2 injections haven't worked as well before for me (both were over a month old). My last injection wasn't great, so for the last week I've been super paranoid about the fridge keeping them correctly. I'm still a bit terrified that the biologics/antibodies inside will die if not kept at the right temperature and therefore not work.

I go away for 3 months soon and will be traveling with them in a cool bag, apparently as long as they don't freeze, they last a few months (rather than until the end of their shelf life). I've read first hand accounts from people who work in Biologics and they all say similar: that they're not as sensitive as Humira makes out as long as they're not frozen or put into direct sunlight, they last even if it slightly goes out of the 2-8 degrees bracket. I wondered if anyone else had more info.

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05-30-2018, 01:03 AM   #4
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HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines to reduce the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis in children 2 years of age and older.
05-30-2018, 01:11 AM   #5
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They are going to send me as 90 day supply all at once. My Humira Nurse Ambassador is helping me, but of course I still have to handle all paperwork.
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