What is Tecfidera?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic Name: Dimethyl fumarate

Tecfidera (dimethyl fumarate, BG-12) is used for the treatment of relapsing remitting MS. It is an oral medication and is used to help reduce the number of relapses a patient experiences.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
192 92
2 0
2 0
1 0
1 0
1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Tecfidera"

Severe
9
Moderate
15
Mild
54
None
15

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Tecfidera

27
23
14
11
8
7

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Tecfidera)
Dosage Patients
1 capsule(s) daily 4
2 capsule(s) daily 34
2 tablet(s) daily 11
4 capsule(s) daily 3
120 mg daily 23
240 mg daily 67
250 mg daily 2
280 mg daily 2
480 mg daily 68
500 mg daily 3
Why Patients Stopped Taking Tecfidera (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 14
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 5
Course of treatment ended 1
Not indicated 1
See all 20 patients who’ve stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration

Currently Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 6
1-3 months 12
3-6 months 18
6 months-1 year 115
1-2 years 9
2 years or more 0
Stopped Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
1-3 months 5
3-6 months 5
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 0
2 years or more 0
Adherence
Always
77 83%
Usually
12 13%
Sometimes
2 2%
Never
2 2%
Burden
Very
3 3%
Somewhat
6 6%
A little
16 17%
Not at all
68 73%
Cost
$200+
4 6%
$100-199
1 1%
$50-99
5 7%
$25-49
10 15%
< $25
47 70%
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11 patient evaluations for Tecfidera

tmmjclole
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tmmjclole
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

See tmmjclole's full Tecfidera history

Mar 24, 2014 (Started Feb 04, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 240 mg Daily

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

See westchester's full Tecfidera history

Mar 17, 2014 (Started Mar 07, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
AKester
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AKester
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See AKester's full Tecfidera history

Jan 21, 2014 (Started Jan 17, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 240 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I saw everyone else say to take it with food to reduce flushing. I am experimenting with the type of food though. It is still early, but the flushing side effect might be less when I make sure I have protein in my diet for that meal. Can't say for sure yet.

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