Tecfidera (BG-12)

Last Update May 3, 2016
Tecfidera (BG-12) is a multiple sclerosis medication.
Uses: Tecfidera (BG-12) is prescribed for MS and is mostly mentioned together with this indication. Read More
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2.5
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Positive 690 "putting you on Avonex when there are newer/more effective drugs available. I also feel he ...Tecfidera has a very good and long safety record - as Paolo explained - its been used for years for psoriasis."Read more positive discussions
Negative 705 "I was on Tecfidera for 4 months. Have never had psoriasis. I am 37 years old. Everything was pretty good with tecfidera but then it happened. I developed a rash on my hands and feet. My neuro had... "Read more negative discussions
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| Patty Adams McGarry
I was put on Aubagio Feb 2013.. I am 60 years old and have high blood pressure. I started having tightness in my chest in March, but I thought it was just a MS hug. Every month you talk to someone about your progress and if there were problems. I went to the ER with extreme High Blood Pressure... 180/ 140 ... none of my doctors were aware that this could be a problem caused my Aubagio. My chest pain continued to get worse and many times I could not breath.. I went to the ER where I was put in ICU. The chest xray should severe copd... there is a very small black box warning in the prescription papers that says may cause lung disease or make lung problems worse. I was a smoker at the time. The radiologist saw that the lining of my lungs were hardened by Aubagio. My life has been ruined. Looking at this site.. Aubagio still has not put this down as a side effect. So I share my story because if you are on a MS med... be sure you know all of the side effects.

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Tecfidera hair loss
| Wendye22
Been on tecfidera for 18mths. Hair loss significant . If I was a bloke, it wouldn't matter! But I'm female, so it matters! :(
MyNewNormal
March 29, 2016
On Tecfidera 2 years. Hair loss started
October 2015. Hair significantly thinning out. February and March 2016 hair loss is crazy. Eyebrows becoming bald. Bald spots now starting to show. Becoming extremely self conscious. MS doc said she's heard this from 5 other women. I'm ready to stop Tecfidera. My other med options are Aubagio and Copaxone. And at this point one iis injection and other hair loss. Personally, Can't do either. Any other females experiencing hair loss?

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| myMSinBrampton
I have been using Tecfidera for over a year. Before that I was using Extavia. The Extavia made my depression much worse. So bad that I was hospitalised. Since using Tecfidera I have not had any depression. I am actually a more positive person. I have gained weight but I would rather carry with weight than the big dark cloud. I am a positive vote for the Tecfidera.

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| Lady L
When I first taking this drug in January, my head felt like it would explode. Taking twice a day was to strong. I take one tablet a day for about 6month. My head is bald and I notice lumps on my head, It look like water in it. I'm going for MRI to have it checked out. My head does not feel normal ,my head feel a little space out. Any one out there feel the same way ?
Pamelaj50
February 21, 2016
I"be developed a rash around my nostrils since starting taking 60 mg of Vyvanse first was very itchy and I thought it was just an allergy but it's beem8 months now and many trips to the dr and said it was roasiae and prescriped several different creams since then cortisone is the only one that will help for a bit but soon as I stop it comes back worse then ever... I'm stopping my vyvanse ASAP now that I've read people with same reaction s!!! Thanks for posting

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| Brenden
There has to be something with this drug . As I like many others here started taking within two weeks could barley walk. Still can't walk just drag legs. Do not take this drug if I could save just one I mean it...Bad it is almost everyone who takes. Stay on copaxone

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| el
I was on it for 2 1/2 years and I was glad not having to do the injections anymore. Six months into it, I started getting sore muscles-arms and legs mostly-had me limping a lot. Walking up or down stairs was a one step at a time procedure. I had to come off it in August because my WBCs were low and I was getting sick a lot (pneumonia twice this summer). No Tec since August and the muscle pain has gone. Feeling more like a normal person now.

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| SMF
went from copaxone to gilenya a couple years ago as I was having disability progression faster than expected and I go tired of the shots. Gilenya has slowed down the disability issue while stopping the exacerbtations or at least, my suspicion is it's making them less obvious. I have had no side effects I know of and my lab results are normal

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| Jsahmom
I have been on Tecfidera a little over 2 years and have considerable hair loss where I can see bald patches and breakage. Has anyone gone off it and had their hair grow back? I hope so, because I'd like to go off it.
Wendye22
March 8, 2016
I stopped it for about 3weeks. Hair loss eased in that short time. But fatigue and depression from the MS got worse again. I'll probably go back on it But will discuss with doctor other possibilities.

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| Debbie Ramsey
I've beehn on Tecfidera since May 2004. In October 2004 started getting UTI's once or twice a month
Dk_1
September 21, 2015
Me too!!
August 7, 2015
Do you mean 2014? It hasn't been on the market but 2 years.

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| Rosemae
Tecfidera
Rosemae
June 22, 2015
Hello, I am new to message boards. They are scaring me to pieces. I have been on Copaxone
for almost 15 years. Too many shots, time to stop. I just finished the starter pack of Tecfidera.
I have had very minor issues. Slight flushing and stomach upset, hardly worth mentioning. I
want to post something positive. All I read is negative. So far thumbs up on Tec. Thank you

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Facts about Tecfidera (BG-12)

What does Tecfidera (BG-12) treat?
C Pregnancy category (FDA)
Before taking Tecfidera (BG-12) during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
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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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Alchohol warning on Tecfidera (BG-12)
There may be a negative interaction between Tecfidera (BG-12) and alcohol.
How do I obtain Tecfidera (BG-12)?
Prescription in the USA
How do I take Tecfidera (BG-12)?
Pill
What dosages are available?
120 mg (14)- 240 mg (46) Capsule, 120 mg Capsule, 240 mg Capsule
Ingredients
Dimethyl fumarate
Approval Date
March 27, 2013
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