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Is it OK to miss one or more injections (methotrexate, gold, etanercept (Enbrel) or adalimumab (Humira) whilst I am away on holiday?

If you usually attend the monitoring clinic at the hospital or your GP or practice nurse for your injections, you will obviously have to miss these whilst away, unless a partner or friend is willing to administer these to you. If so, you may be able to arrange to collect your injection(s) from the hospital to take with you; however this is not always possible since some drugs have a very short expiry date.

If you have weekly methotrexate injections, it may be possible to have a small supply of tablets prescribed for you to use instead during your holiday. However this will not be an option if you have previously been intolerant of these.

People who regularly self-inject etanercept (Enbrel) or adalimumab (Humira) may continue to do so whilst away. You should ensure that you will have sufficient supplies of your medication, and sharps bins for disposal of used syringes, prior to departure.