Rebiject II issues -Need tips!

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Rebiject II issues -Need tips!

Postby dnnyski » Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:00 am

Hey all,

I have been taking Rebif a few weeks now. I prefer to use the Rebiject for the normal reasons. However, I noticed something every time I inject, and the RN's always give me conflicting answers, so I am hoping to get some help from "real" people (nothing against the nurses).

I load the syringe into the housing until it clicks. When I remove the needle cap, there is not just a drop on the tip, but a sizable amount of med as a couple of drops on the inside of the injector. After I inject, I notice there is a drop still on the tip. It is small, but it is there. When I unscrew the injector, I see more med being pushed out. Not much, but enough to notice. My main concern is that I am not getting the full 44mcg.

For some reason I did not have these problems when I started. It actually went more smoothly at 8.8 and 22 than it is now. I use a depth of three. Maybe I am not pushing the needle down all the way? One nurse told me I should hear 2 clicks, another said, just until it clicks. I also remove the needle cap slowly, becasue I thought by removing it fast it is so violent it makes the excess drop splash?

I know I am getting some med because I feel the side effects the next day. Maybe I am making a big deal out of nothing, but I was just wondering if anyone has had this same experience.

Thanks in advance for hearing me out!
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Postby bebe » Wed Oct 26, 2005 6:57 pm

I understand what you are saying. I dont think its that big of a deal in terms of getting all the med. Its weird that it didnt happen with the 8.8 and 22mcg syringes. Has it continued to happen with subsequent shipments...maybe this is related to the particular batch of 44mcg syringes that you received.
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Postby dnnyski » Thu Oct 27, 2005 9:16 am

hey bebe,

I thought about that too. I am going to wait and see what happens with the next batch of 44's. I am still a new user so I lack a frame of reference for these things. Who knows?

Thanks for the response

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Postby Melody » Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:52 pm

Hubby was having that problem with the autoinject for copaxone. He found his fingers were a tad big for the chamber so he pushes it to the end with a Q-tip and it doesn't happen anymore
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Postby carolsue » Thu Oct 27, 2005 6:54 pm

Well, I didn't like having to peer inside the autoinjector to see if there was medication on the needle before injecting. I also found it a pain to reliably clean the needle off while it was inside the autoinjector. I have a lot of site reactions and really don't want any residual medicine to touch my skin so I modified my approach. I don't use the needle cap remover except to set the trigger. Instead I manually remove the needle cap, wipe off any drops that occur, carefully load the syringe with the exposed needle into the autoinjector, screw it together and shoot. I have not ever had the issue of leftover medicine. I do try to hold the thing such that the air bubble will follow the liquid into my skin.

a nurse suggested twisting the cap before removing it as a way to eliminate the initial leakage. I do this but more than not I have to clean off a drop.
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Postby Markd » Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:02 pm

I back the plunger up on the syringe before I remove it. Just a slight amount seems to create a vacuum or somthing. Remove the cover the usual way, Then I stick my self real quick. Also I never invert the syringe I keep it as close to verical as I can. Seems to help a lttile.
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