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
15
Moderate
18
Mild
66
None
29

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

34
29
15
14
9
9

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Tecfidera)
Dosage Patients
480 mg daily 91
240 mg daily 89
2 capsule(s) daily 44
120 mg daily 31
2 tablet(s) daily 13
1 capsule(s) daily 4
4 capsule(s) daily 4
2 other daily 3
4 tablet(s) daily 3
500 mg daily 3
Why Patients Stopped Taking Tecfidera (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 23
Doctor's advice 8
Did not seem to work 7
Expense 1
Other 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Not indicated 1
See all 32 patients who’ve stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration

Currently Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 16
3-6 months 21
6 months-1 year 46
1-2 years 121
2 years or more 1
Stopped Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 8
1-3 months 6
3-6 months 6
6 months-1 year 8
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 0
Adherence
Always
109 85%
Usually
15 12%
Sometimes
2 2%
Never
2 2%
Burden
Very
3 2%
Somewhat
4 3%
A little
20 16%
Not at all
101 79%
Cost
$200+
6 7%
$100-199
1 1%
$50-99
6 7%
$25-49
13 15%
< $25
59 69%
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14 patient evaluations for Tecfidera

shep0454
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shep0454
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: n
I have:
MS

See shep0454's full Tecfidera history

Jul 18, 2014 (Started Aug 01, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Advice & Tips: DUE TO THE SUPPRESSION OF MY IMMUNE SYSTEM WHICH IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS DISEASE MODIFIER; IT RESULTED IN A COMPROMISED ABILITY FOR MY IMMUNE SYSTEM TO COMBAT SIMPLE INFECTIONS......

Jul 10, 2014 (Started Aug 01, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: Severe
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 480 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: FOLLOWING PRESCRIBED METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION WAS NOT DIFFICULT....AFTER ONE YEAR OF USE; MY IMMUNE SYSTEM WAS COMPROMISED TO THE POINT THAT IT DIDN'T RESPOND TO SECONDARY INFECTIONS EFFECTIVELY.......
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
Marie2009
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Marie2009
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Relapse: Mild
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See Marie2009's full Tecfidera history

Jul 3, 2014 (Started Jun 15, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 240 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I WAS SO HAPPY I HAD NO SIDE EFFECTS WHAT SO EVER ALL I DO IS TAKE 9AM AND 9PM I HAVE NEVER FORGETTEN TO TAKE IT . AND IT IS ALL FREE I HAVE NEVER PAID OUT OF POCKET .

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Les1952
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Les1952
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See Les1952's full Tecfidera history

Jun 24, 2014 (Started May 09, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 2 capsule(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: I noticed a weakened immune system as I acquired a cold virus last Thursday (6/19/14) and can't seem to shake it off.
Cost: $25-49 monthly

May 9, 2014 (Started May 09, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 2 capsule(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: After 1st day, my face went red. Next day, I had rashes on my arms. No bid deal. So far, so good.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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