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Avonex vs. Tecfidera (BG-12) for MS

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Other Names: Rebif   Interferon Beta-1a

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Based on 24,552 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Interferon beta-1a (also interferon beta-1-alpha) is a drug in the interferon family used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). It is produced by mammalian cells while Interferon beta-1b is produced in modified E. coli. Interferons have been shown to h... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Myachinghead
January 16, 2014
Myachinghead wrote
Migraine
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By Martha Jones
December 30, 2013
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By Vanessa
December 17, 2013
Vanessa wrote
Weight Loss
I have been on Tec 2 weeks and am experimenting weight gain w/ hunger.
Lilly  |  April 4, 2014
I started on the tec November 2013, and started dropping a little weight consistently until I stopped it just 2 weeks ago. I would have stayed on it but for the other side effects- debilitating nausea, headaches, tooth and gum lesions and pain and hair loss. When I was asked by someone if I had cancer (because of the weight loss) that was enough for me. I should have known better than to consume cleaning products even if they have "reformulated" it and put it in a capsule. I'm getting tir
Cyndie  |  March 29, 2014
Why Tec? I see no weightloss info on it...
Ramprat  |  February 26, 2014
I've been on Tecfidera about four months now and have lost 20 pounds. While I walk miles and miles every day and eat really well, I haven't really changed diet or exercise.
Kristin  |  January 28, 2014
I've been on Tec for over 3 months now. I've lost about 15lbs w/o dieting or much exercise. Going to see the dr soon
SoccerDad  |  January 26, 2014
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By Linda
December 12, 2013
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By kay s
November 3, 2013
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Avonex made me extremely angry and almost violent
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By Marcia
September 5, 2013
Marcia wrote
Tecfidera
Pam I also am experiencing extreme fatigue. I am not sure if it's just my MS or if the drug is making it worse. I feel like my arms and legs have weights attached to them.
Ann  |  March 11, 2014
I recently switched from Copaxone, after 10 years. I had no injection sites left. I have been on Tecfidera about 7 months. My recent MRI scans is stable. I still flush, intermittently, several hours after meals. Benadryl handles it well. The major side effect that I have is extreme fatigue. This is different than my normal MS fatigue. I am trying to stick with it to see if after time, it subsides. Hope this helps!
Pam  |  January 6, 2014
Hi Marcia, I do not take Tecfidera but am considering it. I have taken copaxone for over ten yrs. now and have had some flares with optic neuritis, heavy legs with difficulty walking and some fat destruction in my legs where shots are done but Copaxone seems to be working and I feel very stable. I do try to stay out of the sun and to keep my stress as low as possible (read Bible for this every p.m.). I am looking into Tecfidera as I would like to stop taking shots daily. jane
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August 22, 2013
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I've been on Tecfidera for about 3 months...
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I have been on it for 6 months and have not had those issues.
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What patients are saying about Avonex vs. Tecfidera (BG-12)

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Tecfidera today (Read 37 times) Had appt with new ms...
Starting Tecfidera today (Read 37 times) Had appt with new ms doctor on Apr 17th ...mri in Dec. She switched me to Tecfidera from Avonex. Approval went fast. I received...
w ms since December been on Tecfidera since January...
...w ms since December been on Tecfidera since ...and rash i wanna change to the shot avonex only take once a week does any 1 know how that is and does any1 have tge same reaction on Tecfidera i al...
years on Avonex. The side effects of Avonex never let up....
...I have just started Tecfidera after four years on Avonex. The side effects of Avonex never let up. I'd ...else who is taking Tecfidera. So far, I'm...
from Avonex to Tecfidera in May. I have had no issues...
I switched from Avonex to Tecfidera in May. I have had ...with this drug and feel better. You may want to look at the Tecfidera thread below for additional suggestions....
After7yrs of Avonex, I am switching to Tecfidera. I have a...
New to Tecfidera After7yrs of Avonex, I am switching to Tecfidera. I have a couple of questions. How far apart do you have to take pills? My neurologist warned me of stomach...
for 5 years) I have switched to DiMethylFumarate (BG12...
After 3 years on Copax (before that I had Avonex for 5 years) I have switched to DiMethylFumarate (BG12/Tecfidera). After 1 year on DMF many of the worsening trouble have faded: my...
my husband injects for me. I tried to switch to Tecfidera...
...I've been on Avonex since 1997. I've used the standard needle this entire time and my husband injects for me. I tried to switch to Tecfidera earlier this year ...now back on Avonex. Since it loo...
also switched from avonex to tecfidera. The weather has...
...a month ago. I have started the OMS program, and have also switched from avonex to tecfidera. The weather has also cooled down by about 20 degrees this week. Whatever...
from Avonex to Tecfidera: thoughts? After five years...
Switching from Avonex to Tecfidera: thoughts? After five years on Avonex, it is now time for ...have seen here about Tecfidera has been positive. While ...effects. I think the Avonex was wearing...
re tecfidera (p.s. decided to return to avonex with its...
...all who shared knowledge re tecfidera (p.s. decided to return to avonex with its tried and true history) so i log on immediately and happen on this thread -- having just had an MS hug -- but al...
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