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Treato results for Tecfidera (BG-12) and Flushing

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By Ratsy70
August 9, 2014
Ratsy70 wrote
Just started Techfidera
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By Nata
August 2, 2014
Nata wrote
1st day on Tecfidera
Hang in there...it gets better...
August 20, 2014
Took 2nd dose tonight - Yes, I feel sleepy too. With my first dose this morning - I also turned beet red all over (rash), had some flushing and mild itch. With 2nd dose - My throat feels weird but no flushing and I don't have the rash.
Crystal  |  August 10, 2014
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By Leslie
July 24, 2014
Leslie wrote
Allergic reaction to Tecfidera
Try taking a low dose aspirin a half hour before each dose, and take it on a full stomach, with peanut butter, or some other healthy fat. It helps with absorption, and prevents flushing. If it continues, try taking Zyrtec once a day. It may just be that Tec isn't for you, in which case, there are other pills, such as Gilenya and Aubagio. But, Tec has less side effects, so I would try to see if the rash will go away, first.
August 17, 2014
I had a rash with red spots on my right leg. I was taking Tecfidera and amoxicllin. My doctor thinks its impetigo, but there is no discharge. I remember I was on medication once and had the same kind of reaction. Not sure if this helps, but thought I would mention it anyway. No flushing but rash on one leg with mild itching. Was told if its get worse to go to dermatology. I have finished the amoxicillin and rash is disappearing.
Unsure  |  August 11, 2014
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By 2
June 11, 2014
2 wrote
My first week
Yikes! Hair loss?!
Nata  |  August 2, 2014
One of the things that can be problematic is taking the Tecfidera while on an antibiotic. Tecfidera is an Immune suppressant So the antibiotics and and Tecfidera don't work together. Tecfidera slows down the immune system and antibiotics speed it up.
Ginger  |  July 18, 2014
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By Verna
May 3, 2014
Verna wrote
Tecfidera and weight loss
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By Myachinghead
January 16, 2014
Myachinghead wrote
Migraine
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By Martha Jones
December 30, 2013
Martha Jones wrote
Nanaforsame@yahoo.com
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By Vanessa
December 17, 2013
Vanessa wrote
Weight Loss
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Loss of appetie almost immeadiatly. After 2.5 weeks, I need to set a timer to remember to eat.
JHS  |  June 25, 2014
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
Linda wrote
Tecfidera
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Feeling the same regarding MS meds. I've been off of Copaxone (injections) for almost 8 years. We just had 2 car accidents and I'm so fearful of more flareups so I began Tecfidera the other day. Yes, the flushing, itchy deal is a nuisance but it's the effect of being tired that I'm having a hard time with. Not at all happy about that! It's bad enough when MS symptoms create a sluggish feeling, now that coupled with this med, stinks.
Nata  |  August 2, 2014
One of the things that can be problematic is taking the Tecfidera while on an antibiotic. Tecfidera is an Immune suppressant So the antibiotics and and Tecfidera don't work together. Tecfidera weakens the immune system and antibiotics strengthen the immune system.

I would highly advise that if you have any kind of infection and are about to start a regime of Tecfidera consult your doctor and do not start until you are infection free.
Ginger  |  July 18, 2014
I have been on Tecifedera for 8 months now and it has been a blessing. I have not had a flareup since on it whereas before it was everyother month. The flushing can be avoided by taking an aspirin with it...it really is a great medication! I recomend switching to it.
Megan  |  May 31, 2014
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By Marcia
September 5, 2013
Marcia wrote
Tecfidera
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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
jane  |  September 16, 2013
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By Cheryl Baker
August 22, 2013
Cheryl Baker wrote
I've been on Tecfidera for about 3 months...
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It does get better, Trisha. For me it is an every once-in-a-while side effect. It only happens maybe once every 2-3 months.
Cheryl Baker  |  June 10, 2014
I just started low dose 120 mg Tecfedra. I'm just now 3d week getting the sweats.
I'm getting real horrible sweats ( flushing ). I haven't even begun the 240 mg dose &
I'm bout ready to throw in the towel. I'm so misrable. I haven't been able to stay on
anything, this was my really big hope! Does this constant heat go away? Feels like Im
A furnace on the inside. I get dripping wet. Just begun on third week too. I thought this time
I'd make it. Anyone else have this problem ?
Trisha  |  June 10, 2014
I've been on the Tecfidera for a month and now am having unusually heavy cycle that came 2weeks early.
Michelle  |  May 16, 2014
I have been on it for 6 months and have not had those issues.
Pam  |  January 6, 2014
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