123 patient evaluations for Interferon beta-1a IM Injection

EEisme
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EEisme
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Oct 15, 2010 (Started Jun 06, 1999)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: most difficult part is the needle. if your muscles are tense it hurts. the more relaxed, the less the hurt. used to get everything ready, choose the general shot location on my thigh, tighten my leg as tight as i could, then relax it, look off to the side a little and start counting backwards from 10. at some point, i'd stab the needle/syringe in, sort of surprising myself then look at where it landed. it landed way off course only once, didn't go in all the way a couple of times, but otherwise worked GREAT for me!
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms

Jun 10, 2010 (Started Jun 06, 1999)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: IM injections are daunting and the more tense you are, the more it hurts. Figure out ways to RELAX (i do yoga, take a bath, or drink a glass of wine first)
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms

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Obsession86
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Obsession86
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: none
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Oct 13, 2010 (Started Jul 27, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: Flu-like symptoms never end regardless of how long you have taken the medication
Cost: < $25 monthly

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jenny28
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jenny28
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: None
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

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Oct 1, 2010 (Started Aug 24, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Monthly
Advice & Tips: THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE HORRIBLE BUT IT ONLY LAST ONE DAY..
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Joints ache (whole body)

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EEisme
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EEisme
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Oct 1, 2010 (Started Jun 10, 1998)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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tgn
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tgn
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Sep 23, 2010 (Started Aug 25, 2002)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: i wasn't sure if it was doing anything until i recently changed neuros had an mri and he told me it was doing its job so was good to hear
Cost: $200+ monthly

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change
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

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Sep 14, 2010 (Started Sep 30, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Slight
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms

Aug 1, 2010 (Started Sep 30, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: be sure you take ibuprophen! also ask your doc for Amantidine, this helps with the flu feeling you get from using Avonex, also know one week you could not have any side effects, just know this will not be the case every week, you could go 3 weeks and be fine and then all of a suddon you are sicker then you thought possible, just treat yourself like you have the flu and do not fight the fact that that you are having side effects, remember it is what it is and there is nothing we can do to stop it, just be gratful for the times you are not sick! Stay strong, and know it will end!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms

Dec 27, 2008 (Started Sep 30, 2008)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 30 mcg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Stay hydrated and remember your Aleve before your shot and 12 hours after. This helps with the side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms

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Cara
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Cara
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Aug 2, 2010 (Started Mar 06, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Slight
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Cost: $25-49 monthly

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azcharli
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azcharli
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Jul 20, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2011)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: None
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Advice & Tips: The side effects were so severe that I was ready to take my own life... I stopped the medication immediately!
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Fatigue, Flu like symptoms, Muscle and joint pain

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IhaveMS
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IhaveMS
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vb
I have:
MS

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Jul 6, 2010 (Started Jun 27, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: When they say "may cause flu-like symptoms...don't take that lightly. I know it's a catch as catch can but dangit, I was no where NEAR prepared for what it did/is doing to me. If your anything like me and your sypmtoms last more than as they say the 1st 12-24 hour persiod...don't wait get on the phone, call the avonex nurse and get hold of your doctor let him/her know the seriousness of symptoms, be as detailed but as brief as you can keep a thermometer handy keep ice pacsk handy keep extra blankets handy and Layer your clothing, if you can have someone keep an eye on you the first few times you do your shots this is not just the night it's done(yes do it at bedtime) but also into the next couple days at least... yeah this is worse case scenerio and maybe your situation may totally different but better to be prepared for the worst and get the best outcome than not be prepared at all,soday crackers and jinger asle might be your best friends do the the nausa and cool rags for the headaches. I am now on day 4 of my 2ond injection and I still feel like I been kicked by a mule. Please don't panic of all that I have said but just be aware there are a small % of us who get hit and get hit hard. So just a small word of preparedness and caution.
Side effects: Headaches, Body Aches, Nausea, Chills/fever, Extreme flu like malaise

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wysiwyg
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wysiwyg
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Jun 25, 2010 (Started Jan 21, 1990)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have been taking Avonex since the original trials. I really believe that it has helped my MS from progressing as quickly as it would have otherwise. When I began treatment I was experiencing 2+ exacerbations per month...and since I started using Avonex, my exacerbations have been 1 (or less) per YEAR! (and that is since about 1991)
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Flu like symptoms, Chills/fever, Body Aches, Generalized muscle aches

Jan 12, 2009 (Started Jan 21, 1990)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: A little
Dosage: 30 mcg/0.5 mL Weekly
Advice & Tips: I have been using Avonex since the original Trials...many years ago (around 1990), and have never missed a dose! I really believe it has had a LOT to do with my MS not progressing as quickly. The shots are really no big deal. And, now you can use a shorter needle! yea! After all these years, my biggest problem is trying to find new spots to inject! (Don't want to damage tissue)_
Side effects: Flu like symptoms, Chills/fever, Body Aches, Generalized muscle aches

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