Betaseron Dosage

Generic name: interferon beta-1b
Dosage form: injection

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Dosing Information

The recommended starting dose is 0.0625 mg (0.25 mL) subcutaneously every other day, with dose increases over a six week period to the recommended dose of 0.25 mg (1 mL) every other day (see ).

Table 1 Schedule for Dose Titration
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Dosed every other day, subcutaneously

BETASERON

Dose*

Percentage of

recommended dose

Volume

Weeks 1-2

0.0625 mg

25%

0.25 mL

Weeks 3-4

0.125 mg

50%

0.5 mL

Weeks 5-6

0.1875 mg

75%

0.75 mL

Week 7 and thereafter

0.25 mg

100%

1 mL

If a dose of BETASERON is missed, then it should be taken as soon as the patient remembers or is able to take it. The patient should not take BETASERON on two consecutive days. The next injection should be taken about 48 hours (two days) after that dose. If the patient accidentally takes more than their prescribed dose, or takes it on two consecutive days, they should be instructed to call their healthcare provider immediately.

Reconstitution of the Lyophilized Powder

(a) Prior to reconstitution, verify that the vial containing lyophilized BETASERON is not cracked or damaged. Do not use cracked or damaged vials.

(b) To reconstitute lyophilized BETASERON for injection, attach the pre-filled syringe containing the diluent (Sodium Chloride, 0.54% Solution) to the BETASERON vial using the vial adapter.

(c) Slowly inject 1.2 mL of diluent into the BETASERON vial.

(d) Gently swirl the vial to dissolve the lyophilized powder completely; do not shake. Foaming may occur during reconstitution or if the vial is swirled or shaken too vigorously. If foaming occurs, allow the vial to sit undisturbed until the foam settles.

(e) 1 mL of reconstituted BETASERON solution contains 0.25 mg of interferon beta-1b.

(f) After reconstitution, if not used immediately, refrigerate the reconstituted BETASERON solution at 35°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C) and use within three hours. Do not freeze.

Important Administration Instructions

(a) Perform the first BETASERON injection under the supervision of an appropriately qualified healthcare professional. If patients or caregivers are to administer BETASERON, train them in the proper subcutaneous injection technique and assess their ability to inject subcutaneously to ensure the proper administration of BETASERON.

(b) Visually inspect the reconstituted BETASERON solution before use; discard if it contains particulate matter or is discolored.

(c) Keeping the syringe and vial adapter in place, turn the assembly over so that the vial is on top. Withdraw the appropriate dose of BETASERON solution. Remove the vial from the vial adapter before injecting BETASERON.

(d) Use safe disposal procedures for needles and syringes.

(e) Do not re-use needles or syringes.

(f) Advise patients and caregivers to rotate sites for subcutaneous injections to minimize the likelihood of severe injection site reactions, including necrosis or localized infection.

Premedication for Flu-like Symptoms

Concurrent use of analgesics and/or antipyretics on treatment days may help ameliorate flu-like symptoms associated with BETASERON use [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].

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