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Change from metoject MTX injections to methofill?

Hi I collected a repeat prescription for my MTX injections yesterday and instead of the Metoject auto injectors I had before, I was given Methofill which the pharmacist says is a new brand. (Presumably cheaper.)

The injector part looks really different- it is much fatter to hold and looks like an old fashioned library stamp, almost like you need to push the top with your hand/palm rather than just a thumb on the old version. Has anyone else had this change and how have you found it? I am not due an injection till Thursday so I don’t want to open the lid part of the injector to figure it out as I think that might lock the activating bit and I don’t need it yet so want to keep it sterile till I do. Hopefully if you use the MTX injectors you will know what I mean by that 🙂

It is going to fill up my sharps bin quicker due to being fatter than the slimline version!

Interested to hear others ‘ experiences?

Thanks

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I'm on metoject and haven't even heard of methofil. I think I'd be very unhappy having my meds being swapped without warning. Good luck and please let us know how you get on

J

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Hi there I also have been given these fatter pens. Filled my sharps box with just 4 plus had to get my husband to push them into box cos opening not very big. Have now ordered from my local council a 5 litre box hoping the opening is bigger and will last longer.

I was suspecting that it might be a cost thing that has changed them. Let's hope it still has the same effect x

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What about the injection process is it the same?

Also where are you both - region?

I would hate to have to change bad enough having to use the bloody things!

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Easy to use as you can use your whole hand to push plunger as it's fatter and easier to hold.

I'm in Berkshire x

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I had my Metoject changed. Don’t think it was the same one as you. Found it very difficult to use as it was a straight tube and my hand just slid down. Apparently Metoject 15 is only available in 0.3 ml and my prescription said 0.6 ml (haven’t got a clue what that means!). Anyway persuaded GP to change prescription back to Metoject. Don’t think having 0.3 ml makes any difference.

Can’t have it anyway now for 8 weeks as I am having surgery (a new hip) and have had to stop my meds for 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after. Fortunately I can carry on with CBD until 1 week before.

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You should get your nurse to show you how to use your new injection, especially as you haven’t had to use this type before. Sounds a lot differant to the Motoject pen that I also use. Hope it goes ok for you.

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I had this happen to me and the Nurse had to phone the surgery to tell them off yet again! She explained to me that the GPS are getting it wrong - the Rheumatology Department only trains patients to use the Metoject and that is the only injection RA patients should be prescribed so you should always check your script. Unless it says Metoject it isn’t correct and the GP does it because the other one is cheaper. I nearly had a fit when I opened the box as I was only on my second prescription and didn’t know what to do with it! The nurse said they are only licensed to prescribe the one type but GPS are a bit slow to cotton on. So again it is in our own hands to check and look out for ourselves.

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Thanks but my metoject did get requested as on repeat prescription- when I questioned why I was given something different the pharmacist just shrugged it off as a new brand but with same active ingredient. I will call hospital to check

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When my R nurse phoned my practice and the pharmacy they all jumped and I had a new script the same day - the 15mg Metoject is in a carrying solution of 0.3 ml but the other one/s are in 0.6 ml - no difference to the dose but more to inject and it is a different sort of mechanism that is quite terrifying to even think about - the one I got looked like a cross between a crossbow and a corkscrew! Cheaper yes because the Metoject is £10 per go apparently which is why they usually start on tablets. I now check the bag from the chemist in the chemists!

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Hi so after your message I did call the hospital and like yours they said I should not have been given another brand as they do not approve them for their patients. Cue lots of phone calls by me to GP and pharmacy trying to sort it out as my injection is due tomorrow. These things suck up so much time. Still not sorted! Gggrrr

My hospital say they have not heard of methofill so if anyone else gets given it be aware of my experience! Annoyingly I did question it straight away with the pharmacist at the time, but got brushed off and now have to go through getting the right version again.

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Good result - this forum is a really good way to get info round

J

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Yes- thank you!

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