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Author Topic: Starting serostim next week.  (Read 964 times)

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Offline libvet

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Starting serostim next week.
« on: December 29, 2006, 12:10:51 AM »
Anybody have any experiences to share? (Other than what a pain in the ass getting a prior approval is?)

And if so, do you use that serojet injector (which looks a great deal like a Star Trek hypospray)?


Offline pozniceguy

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Re: Starting serostim next week.
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2006, 06:30:48 PM »
I have been using Serostim for several years.....started one unit a day to overcome " wasting" as I regained some meat ( muscle tissue) I have gone to one unit every second day ( usually the night before my scheduled Gym workout.......This stuff works best if you have A REGULAR EXERCISE REGIMEN in conjunction with it and keep up your intake of protein...
as to the injector ..It was offered but seems like a nuisance when a very small syringe/needle combo  is easier and faster....   I use 30G 1/2 in or smaller needles.( similar to diabetic supplies but with removable needles)...takes about 15 secs to inject  and virtually no cleanup....just keep a small Sharps container handy for the used needles.....

The pre-approval issue usually goes away or becomes routine after a very short time ...I have only had to renew my "approval " three times in 5 years..and there was a simple form..check the box..type renewal request signed by DR......the real problem lies with your Insurance/meds source.....this is very expensive stuff....as much as  $10,000/mo depending on source and dosage/strength.....if you have any substantial cost share be aware ....
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Offline libvet

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Re: Starting serostim next week.
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2006, 11:02:51 PM »
Thanks.  I'm not really afraid of needles.  I got over that pretty quickly when I did my year of IL-2 therapy and now I'm a pharmacy tech with a great deal of experience in reconstitution of medications and dosing.   I hate the injection site reactions I had with the IL-2 though.    At the very least, I know the serostim won't make me feel like I got hit by a tractor trailer full of bubonic plague like the IL-2 did.

And I'll be using 6mg a day. 

So far the cost seems to be covered very well by my company, but right now the PA is a three month PA and I'll have to renew it again, so that sucks.

Thanks for the response....I'll let you know how it goes.

Michael

 


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