Everyone tracks differently and has different side effects, so only you and your Dr. can tell if its the right choice for you, but here is my story.
I was Dx w/ MS just over a year ago and immediately started on Rebif. My biggest side effects from Rebif have been the flu-like symptoms and injection site reactions. The flu-like symptoms have lessened the longer I have been on it, but a year later I still have some. Some shots are fine and others days I still rely on Aleve. Keeping hydrated does seem to help and the MS lifelines has lots of tips on reducing the injection site reactions. I just had my annual MRI and they did not detect and new or active lesions, and actual noted one LESS lesion then my original MRI. So for me this medicine does seem to be "working!"
Only you and your doctor can evaluate the benefits of your treatment. Trust your doctor and share your concerns with him/her. The 2 of you should work as team on the follow-up of your treatment.
I've been on Rebif 44 since 1998; my experience has been mostly positive (no major MS relapses since); the side effects are manageable provided I take some Tylenol 30 minutes before injection. Now, because of "psychological reactions" and site injection problems, my doctor has suggested I move to Aubagio (which I'm to start by 08/2015) and I'm a bit scared to do so.
I sincerely hope you can stick with Rebif.
- Rebif Information for Consumers
- Rebif Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Rebif (detailed)
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