Betaseron vs Tecfidera (BG-12)

Betaseron
(Rx)
Tecfidera (BG-12)
(Rx)
Betaseron is a multiple sclerosis medication.
Tecfidera (BG-12) is a multiple sclerosis medication.
Satisfaction Score
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2.5
Slightly Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.0
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for MS
2.2
Concern level
2.0
Helpfulness
for MS
2.5
Concern level
2.3
Approval Date
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July 23, 1993
March 27, 2013
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
12,885 Discussions
10,279 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
#1 for MS
#2 for RRMS
#3 for SPMS
#4 for PPMS
Betaseron is prescribed for MS and is mostly mentioned together with this indication.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for MS
#2 for RRMS
#3 for Psoriasis
Tecfidera (BG-12) is prescribed for MS and is mostly mentioned together with this indication.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Bet
Flu Like Symptoms
8
Depression
7
Allergy
4
Headaches
4
Flu
3
Bruise
3
Injection Site Reactions
2
Itching
2
Flu Symptoms
2
Anxiety
1
Tec
Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
9
Nausea
5
Itching
4
Stomach Problems
3
Depression
2
Stomach Issues
2
Vomiting
2
Hair Loss
2
Rash
2
Burning
2
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Flu Like Symptoms
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Depression
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7
2
Allergy
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Tec
4
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Headaches
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4
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Flu
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3
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Bruise
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3
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Injection Site Reactions
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2
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Itching
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2
4
Flu Symptoms
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2
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Anxiety
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1
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Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
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9
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Nausea
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5
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Itching
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4
2
Stomach Problems
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3
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Depression
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2
7
Stomach Issues
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2
0
Vomiting
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2
0
Hair Loss
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2
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Rash
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2
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Burning
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2
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Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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C Category C
Before taking Betaseron during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
C Category C
Before taking Tecfidera (BG-12) during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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There may be a negative interaction between Betaseron and alcohol.
There may be a negative interaction between Tecfidera (BG-12) and alcohol.
Method of use
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Injection
Pill
Dosages
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Kit: 0.3 mg
Solution: 0.3 mg
Capsule: 120 mg (14)- 240 mg (46), 120 mg, 240 mg
Food Instructions
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No Food Instructions
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Interferon Beta-1b
Dimethyl fumarate
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Betaseron and Tecfidera (BG-12): Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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| Sharon
Been on Tecfidera for 7 months, thought things were going well, had a relapse 3 months in, extreme vertigo, have always been tired. Relapse went away but I never really felt well. Pressure in chest, redness, flushing, rash, gaseous. Forgot pill one day when I was feeling well, remember around noon and took it with lunch. Within the hour the fatigue, chest pressure, mild dizzy all came back. Have stopped taking it now for 3 days, and the difference on how I feel is like night and day. I have energy, I am able to stay up past 7 o'clock at night, chest pain and tightness is gone. Every day I feel better. Not sure what to do next, I am not going back on it, that much I do know, but I am sure my drs will want me to try something else. May decide to go back on the injections (betaseron) was on that for 8 years, although I really do not like the bruising that comes with the injections.
danny
January 2, 2015
I switched from beta seron to tecfidera in april, like you and thought it was going well then around october started having moments of extreme vertigo and slurring and it has gotten worse. I would like to go back to beta seron but my doc dont seem to want to. I was doing a lot better on it in my opinion. My doc wants to go to tysabri which is plastered all over the waiting room now. I noticed there use to be Beta Seron literature there, now it is gone and tecfidera and tysabri literature is th

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