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
20
Moderate
26
Mild
75
None
41

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

47
32
21
16
11
10

Show all 134 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Tecfidera)
Dosage Patients
240 mg daily 87
480 mg daily 87
2 capsule(s) daily 41
240 mg twice daily 37
120 mg daily 30
120 mg twice daily 19
2 tablet(s) daily 13
1 capsule(s) twice daily 6
4 capsule(s) daily 4
1 capsule(s) daily 3
Why Patients Stopped Taking Tecfidera (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 29
Doctor's advice 15
Did not seem to work 10
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Not indicated 1
See all 42 patients who’ve stopped taking Tecfidera

Duration

Currently Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 1
1-3 months 16
3-6 months 20
6 months-1 year 44
1-2 years 104
2 years or more 1
Stopped Taking Tecfidera
Duration Patients
0-1 month 9
1-3 months 7
3-6 months 8
6 months-1 year 9
1-2 years 7
2 years or more 0
Adherence
Always
134 83%
Usually
22 14%
Sometimes
3 2%
Never
3 2%
Burden
Very
3 2%
Somewhat
7 4%
A little
29 18%
Not at all
123 76%
Cost per month
$200+
8 8%
$100-199
1 1%
$50-99
6 6%
$25-49
18 17%
< $25
73 69%
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17 patient evaluations for Tecfidera

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

See thjuland's full Tecfidera history

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

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

See eriewa's full Tecfidera history

Nov 12, 2014 (Started Nov 12, 2014)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Can’t tell
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1 capsule(s) Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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