syringes and armpits

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syringes and armpits

Postby connieb » Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:48 am

Does anyone bring their Copaxone syringe to body temperature by holding it under the armpit for a few minutes before injecting? I seem to remember reading some posts saying that this practice helps with site reactions, but of course I can't find them right now.
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Postby Lizzy » Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:10 am

i do that if i forget to take it out the night before - i also try to take shots out of the fridge 3-4 at a time so they are ready to go. Also depends on where i am shooting - some places much more sensative than others.
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Postby gracie » Fri Nov 10, 2006 6:30 pm

I don't have much experience at this but I find that the syringe doesn't feel much warmer when just left out so I warm it by holding it in my hand for a while before injecting. This was suggested by my MS nurse and she did say that it'd help with site reactions but I'm still having them but it's too early for me to make any judgements (only 2 weeks).

Never considered the armpit for heating the syringe though, that might do an even better job so I'll give that a go!
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Postby oreo » Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:28 pm

I'm on Rebif, but that is exactly what I do and I have very little site reaction issues. I never really expected to find a pratical use for an armpit. Just goes to show you.
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Postby Catherine_The_Great » Mon Mar 26, 2007 6:08 pm

one of the things to settle site reactions is to warm the viles up for four days or more and it's supposed to help with site reactions.

I've kept it out for a few days and it's made things a lot better and a lot easier.

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Postby TammiGF » Thu May 10, 2007 3:59 am

My DD (newly diagnosed) has started warming them under her arm. She told her neuro this yesterday, and the woman a disapproving, distasteful face. Glad to know others of you have found this a convenient way to warm it up, too. It seemed like a good practical idea to me. Thank you for the suggestion to keep it out a few days before injection.
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Postby philippa » Sat Nov 17, 2007 5:41 pm

My neuro nurse said that Copaxone would sting less if it were at room temperature. I'm guessing that what's really needed is blood temperature.

Now I'm - er - generously endowed around the bust, and tuck the syringe underneath a breast - the nurse didn't seem to object, and it certainly gets the syringe nice and warm. Only thing to watch is that when I take it out I have to be sure that the cap doesn't off!

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Postby daverestonvirginia » Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:58 am

I just did it last night. Forgot to take out a dose the day before, so under the arm for couple minutes, seems to do the trick.
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