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User Reviews for Interferon beta-1a

Also known as: Avonex, Avonex Pen, Avonex Prefilled Syringe, Rebif, Rebif Rebidose

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Rebif Rebidose (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I had no issues the first 6 months on Rebif. Medicated before each injection so didn't get the flu like symptoms. However things changed starting at month 6. Started getting red itchy spots at the injection sites. Also got cellulitis 4 times. And to top it off, got 1 new lesion. Still on it but in the process of switching to Tysabri. 2 lesions did shrink in size though."

smithfun (taken for 6 months to 1 year) May 10, 2016

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Avonex Pen (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "After Diagnosis of MS in 2008 I researched the available MS medications. I choose Avonex my brain lesions have decreased and shrunk. My symptoms have improved. I have not had a relapse. This medication has been a God send for me. Now I will have to switch to another medication because of insurance. Am researching the approved Meds and none are meeting my needs. I believe in Avonex,"

   
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A,D.D. February 17, 2016

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Avonex Prefilled Syringe (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "Been on Avonex for 1 year now. Had one minor relapse in this period. Still come down with flu like symptoms for 1 to 2 days every week. Difficult to cope with work and house hold responsibilities on those 2 days. Also bad for social life. My MS symptoms gradually get worse but I manage. Don't know for sure whether the interferon has a positive effect on slowing the progression of my MS but I think/hope it does."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 6, 2016

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Avonex (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I have been taking Avonex for over ten years now. I always take it at room temperature, one hour before bed and on Saturday nights so I can relax the next day. I only had flu like symptoms when I first started taking it or if I missed a couple weeks. I take two Motrin when going to bed and never have any issues sleeping. I have had MS for over 20 years now and have found Avonex to work best for me. I have one or two pseudo exacerbations each year but have had no major flares for years now, knocking on wood..."

   
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YoudNeverKnow (taken for 10 years or more) January 21, 2016

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Rebif Rebidose (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "Easy to use, no side effects experienced as opposed to interferon b medication. Good support program and co-pay assistance. Has lessened progression"

   
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Gundameypon December 23, 2015

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Rebif (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I was diagnosed in 2005. Started out Rebif on 2007 then I had many symptoms when I was on it, less sensation in my tongue, hands, feet and also vertigo. I changed the interferon to another type which I take more often but still same as interferon not sure about the name was horrible too then changed to avonix it was the worst I stopped all since 2011 and never had any symptom since then but I will search and start something."

   
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SaudiLady (taken for 5 to 10 years) November 27, 2015

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Rebif (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "Diagnosed with MS April 2006 after getting double vision. Started using Rebif August 2006. Experienced head aches and fatigue the day after a shot once I tritrated up to the full dose. Was definitely more severe in the beginning, but lessened with time. Ibuprofen has always worked best for me for managing the side effects. 2013 - found out I had Thyroid cancer, and had my thyroid removed. I did not have to stop taking Rebif during this time. Also, first new lesion presented on an MRI - that is 7 years with no remarkable change. September 2015 -- just found out my white blood cell count has dropped remarkably in the last 3 months (I get a Complete Blood Count and liver function done every 3 months, religiously) Probable side effect. Told to stop meds for 1 mo"

   
9.0

K. Murph September 19, 2015

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Rebif (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I am 21 years old and was diagnosed with MS in 2009. I began Rebif 44mcg March 2015 and unfortunately I have experienced most, if not all of the side effects: fevers, flu, chills, numbness, joint pains, headaches, bruising, nausea, vision issues, bladder issues, etc. I am hoping this drug is for me because I really don't want to have to start over with another one. The injections started off with severe pains, so much so that I am unable to walk after an injection for the rest of the day. But as time past, it is evident that my worse days have gotten better. No relapses so far. I'm hoping these side effects don't stay..."

   
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JustFunSized June 10, 2015

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Avonex (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I have been on Avenox for about 2 years now and had no relapses. When I started the medication I had horrible side effects. I almost changed the medication, but thank god it got better with time. What I like about Avenox is that it is only once a week, because I'm afraid of needles."

   
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safy4236 April 26, 2015

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Rebif (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I have been on Rebif 44mg for 3 years now ever since I was diagnosed. I do my The injections at bed time with a little bit of ibuprofen. I have no family history of MS in my family. When I was diagnosed I was in denial, disbelief and very angry. Why me?!! I have so much left I want to do... The side effects I experienced are fever, chills, flu like, and next day dizziness were severe for the first year but no more attacks. Now I experience general fatigue the day after the shot until about noon. I wake up feeling very hot sometimes. Good news is since being on rebif only one new lesion that was stopped with steroids. And come to terms with why me to what am I suppose to learn from this. You can live with this and live well."

   
7.0

DREW112 (taken for 2 to 5 years) April 22, 2015

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Avonex Pen (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I have been using Avonex since October 2008. When the pen was made available, I was ecstatic!! This meant I didn't have to rely on my husband to do the syringe injection, without seeing a needle, I could do it myself. I used the pen for about 2.5 year's. In that time, several mishaps occurred, the blue button wouldn't work, the needle fell out, the final problem:the needle stuck in my leg after pulling the pen from my leg!!! Needless to say, I am back to depending on my husband again. The flu-like symptoms are the same with both forms of injection. I would go back to the pen in a heartbeat it was been improved and dependable."

   
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BizzyGrammy (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 4, 2015

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Avonex Pen (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I started on Betaseron when it came out. I changed to Avonex when it came out mainly because it was once a week. I get the side effects of flu like symptoms usually a few hours the next day. I have continued to be active and no new lesions. It has worked for me so far. I'm 60 so I have been blessed."

   
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CVH (taken for 10 years or more) February 24, 2015

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Avonex Pen (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "Been on Avonex for more then 10 years. The flu like symptoms just never get better. In bed for 2 days sick with fever. However, I had no major flare ups in years!"

mscibrlli January 25, 2015

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Avonex (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I was initially terrified about the injections, but from my first onwards they have proved to be no trial at all. The delivery method is amazing. I never thought I'd say this, but I even look forward to them, knowing that I'm doing something to help myself. I now truly believe that Avonex is helping. My symptoms have lessened since starting it only three months ago. I hope things continue this way and also hope everyone out there with Multiple Sclerosis finds a similarly effective treatment."

   
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Sweetcorn (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 30, 2014

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Avonex (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I have been on Avonex for about 5 years and have had no relapses. Have had Multiple Sclerosis for 14 years. Great to have 1 injection a week rather than 3 with Rebif, which I was on before or Copaxone everyday. The only drawback is the headache & tiredness felt the day after. These symptoms have not improved at all for 5 years. Starting having spasm attacks at night recently so might change to another medicine. Very effective medicine though, never had any relapses and that's the most important thing!"

   
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Nury (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 29, 2014

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Avonex (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I had my first shot yesterday at 15:00 and had body pain and shivers at 19:00, but no side effects at all this morning. I've been diagnosed in 2007 and dreaded interferon side effects and now, to my great surprise none whatsoever! In South Africa Avonex give great support, they have Avonex MS nurses who assist with the first 3 shots so no worries on the injection either. Overall I am elated this morning!"

   
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Cilna February 7, 2014

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Avonex (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I HAVE FOUND THE INPUT YOU GUYS HAVE GIVEN TO BE EXTREMELY HELPFUL! I was diagnosed Dec of 2012. I have been on this medicine for about 10 months. I have had symptoms for years before seeing a neurologist. Aside from the side effects that everyone has mentioned, I have been doing great! Now 24, I am in the free medication program, which is a blessing! Hopefully it works as well for me as it had for all of you that has shared. Stay strong in your journey!"

   
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Franfletch13 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) January 6, 2014

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Avonex Pen (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 32, apparently the sweet spot for diagnosis. Started taking Avonex about 10 years ago and welcomed the Pen, haven't had any MS symptoms for over 3 years. Still get 'flu like symptoms'. I take extra strength Ibuprofen before injection and it helps to make life easier to handle."

   
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marco1956 (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 2, 2013

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Avonex Pen (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "Avonex is good because it's once a week; the Pen makes it so much more convenient. Unlike my experience with Copaxone and Rebif, I have very few (if any) site reactions. I have used Avonex in all it's forms (powder you have to mix yourself, prefilled syringes, and now the Pen) and the Pen is the only one with almost NO flu-like side effects! Love it!"

   
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Lisa_P October 7, 2013

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Rebif (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I was diagnosed in Nov 2006. Avonex did not work, so early in 2007 I started on Rebif. 6 years no relapses. I would get very bad headaches on the 2 day stretch with no Rebif. I made the mistake of stopping my Rebif for about 6 months and I had a relapse. Face is numb and legs and feet tingly. I regret stopping for the 6 months. I should have called MSlifelines and figured out how to manage the headaches. Regardless, I am back on Rebif and will gladly stuffer a headache if I don't suffer any more relapses. If the goings good..don't quit!"

   
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hstanley88 July 25, 2013

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Rebif (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I am a 31 male, 200lbs,and was diagnosed with RR Multiple Sclerosis Feb. 2012, after losing sight in one eye, and some steroid treatment my vision returned however, the color is still a little off. My Neurologist put me on Rebif immediately. Since I have been on Rebif I have not experienced any major relapses. Just some tremors now and then and other minor symptoms that just maybe permanent nerve damage. I take the 44mcg dose at bedtime with 400mg of ibuprofen, it seems to help me sleep through the night. I do get headaches often but the ibuprofen seems to help (not eliminate them). I also get flu symptoms sometimes the day after I take a shot but not always. My liver enzymes are slightly elevated but, nothing to worry about. Thank you Rebif."

   
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MarkMark July 9, 2013

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Avonex (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "Avonex has been a God send to me. I was diagnosed in 95 after experiencing several bad attacks one of which required hospitalization. Started Avonex in June 96 one month after it came to market. Got some side effects early on (mainly fatigue) but they soon went away. I no longer have any side effects, don't even premedicate. The injections are little more than a minor inconvenience . More importantly I have remained stable with no attacks. I did experience some fatigue when starting to use the the prefilled syringe. I quickly went back to original powdered form and remain on it to this day. I probably could have adjusted to the prefilled syringe but choose not do do so. I expect to continue with the Avonex injections unless it stops working, I develop bad side effects, or a cure is found. All unlikely scenarios at this point. I expect to be on it for life."

   
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Avonexveteran (taken for 10 years or more) April 17, 2013

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Rebif (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "Diagnosed in 1999 and was placed on Rebif since 2004. Never had any other meds. Overall Rebif was good for me, I had 3 years with a minor relapse in each year (but did steroid treatment to resolve) and then I had no relapses, I must admit that I would skip at least 2 times a year and give myself a Rebif holiday- a week of not taking Rebif, (I don't recommend this!) I would always let me doctor know. Despite my success, I stopped in 10/2012 because Rebif never let me feel like myself and I was ALWAYS tired and sluggish. Unfortunately, in 3/2013 I had a terrible relapse that landed me in the hospital for a few days. My neuro said it was aggressive and wants me on Tysabri now. "

   
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ASYL (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 3, 2013

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Avonex (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "I was on it for 18 months. It was like taking a shot of the flu every week. The side effects never got better. After massive amounts of research, I finally went to supplements, healthy eating, mindfulness, taking toxins out of my daily life, exercise and of course prayer. I still live with my MS symptoms, but, I will work out at the gym, I will ride my bike 100 miles this week and continue working productively. Don't ever give up!"

   
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joesal6 (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 21, 2012

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Avonex Prefilled Syringe (interferon beta-1a) for Multiple Sclerosis: "Diagnosed in 1997, immediately started with the older version of syringe, pill and liquid which I had to mix and then inject. Started with the prefilled syringes around 2005?( /- years) Initial signs prior to medication were double vision and pins and needles sensation on the right side and loss of sensitivity in hands. Occasionally, the exacerbation may come with weakness on one side of my body. Currently, I might have one exacerbation every few years, when I do have an %u201Cattack%u201D, my doctors give high dose steroids and I usually come out of it relatively quickly with no major residual effects. Avonex has worked well for me."

   
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mkb1 (taken for 10 years or more) December 21, 2012

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