I was diagnosed with RA approximately nine years ago and started off on Methotrexate, Prednisolone, Sulphasalazine and Hydroxychloroquine. I gradullay came off steroids. I was placed on Humira (sub cut injections) approximately five years ago. I eventually stopped Methotrexate in 2015 (I was glad I did as I had some horrible side effects). Humira is no longer working so well and my rheumatologist has suggested I switch to Tocilizumab.
I have a choice of a four weekly infusion at the hospital or weekly sub cut injections which I administer myself. What are people’s experiences of both and which would you recommend?
I got used to using Humira in a prefilled ‘pen’ and am a little nervous of using a prefilled syringe instead. I live alone and there is no one else to give me the injection for me. Does anyone know if Tocilizumab injections sting?
I remember when I first started Humira it used to sting like crazy. It’s funny because I don’t have a needle phobia at all (I wouldn’t get very far with RA treatment if I did) but for some reason I don't know how I’ll get on with a syringe rather than a pen.
Also what are people’s experiences of the side effects? I really am hoping that it won’t be anything like MTX.
If anyone has any tips or advice I’d be glad to hear it.