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.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
22
Moderate
26
Mild
80
None
41

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

49
32
21
18
12
11

Show all 138 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Tecfidera)
Dosage Patients
480 mg daily 87
240 mg daily 86
240 mg twice daily 43
2 capsule(s) daily 41
120 mg daily 30
120 mg twice daily 24
2 tablet(s) daily 12
1 capsule(s) twice daily 8
1 capsule(s) daily 4
4 capsule(s) daily 4
Why Patients Stopped Taking Tecfidera (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 32
Doctor's advice 17
Did not seem to work 10
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Not indicated 1
See all 48 patients who’ve stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration

Currently Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 4
1-3 months 4
3-6 months 28
6 months-1 year 43
1-2 years 117
2 years or more 2
Stopped Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 9
1-3 months 8
3-6 months 8
6 months-1 year 10
1-2 years 8
2 years or more 0
Adherence
Always
143 85%
Usually
21 12%
Sometimes
3 2%
Never
2 1%
Burden
Very
3 2%
Somewhat
7 4%
A little
30 18%
Not at all
129 76%
Cost per month
$200+
8 7%
$100-199
1 1%
$50-99
7 6%
$25-49
18 16%
< $25
80 70%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Tecfidera after stopping:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 5
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif, Rebif Rebidose) 4
Interferon beta-1b SubQ Injection (Betaseron, Betaferon, Extavia…) 4
Natalizumab (Tysabri, Antegren) 3
Fingolimod (Gilenya, MS Phase 3 Fingolimod TRANSFORMS, MS Phase 3 Study Fingolimod FREEDOMS II…) 2

See all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Tecfidera and switched to:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Natalizumab (Tysabri, Antegren) 3
Fingolimod (Gilenya, MS Phase 3 Fingolimod TRANSFORMS, MS Phase 3 Study Fingolimod FREEDOMS II…) 1
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 1
Intravenous Immuno Globulin IVIg (Gammagard, Gamunex, Privigen…) 1
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17 patient evaluations for Tecfidera

thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Tecfidera history

Feb 26, 2015 (Started Nov 05, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Tuesday's MRI is clear (no new or active lesions), so will continue with this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 14, 2015 (Started Nov 05, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I must eat a meal with meat or I'll throw-up.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
moogie16
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moogie16
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: b
I have:
MS

See moogie16's full Tecfidera history

Dec 29, 2014 (Started Nov 30, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 250 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: one baby aspirin before taking tablet
Cost: < $25 monthly

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nsingle1
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nsingle1
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See nsingle1's full Tecfidera history

Sep 27, 2014 (Started Dec 23, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 22, 2014 (Started Dec 23, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 480 mg Daily

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